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Which OBD II Scanner?

Hello everbody. My girlfriend just picked up a 2007 Commander. Check engine light went today as we were driving to get it serviced. The mechanics said it was the transmission shift controller IIRC. I drive a '69 Chevy C-20 so computerized cars are kind of new to me. I'd like to pick up a OBD II scanner, trying to figure out which one to get. Budget is around $100.
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just get in you truck turn the key to the on position 3 times and look at the display it should give you a dtc code. this thread should help. https://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/...ight=dtc+codes

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that doesn't work on my 2008
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that doesn't work on my 2008
It should work. Keep trying it.

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Thanks, I'm actually looking for one with more features.

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just get in you truck turn the key to the on position 3 times and look at the display it should give you a dtc code. this thread should help. https://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/...ight=dtc+codes
Thanks, this worked, but I'm still planning on getting a scanner just because I like gadgets. LOL
There's a bunch here: http://www.amazon.com/b/?node=15707381
I'm going to spend some time reading the reviews. Thanks again guys.
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A little research tells me the 2007 Commander uses 11 bit CAN protocol, whatever that may be. http://www.obdclearinghouse.com/inde...hicle&id=22057
Decided on the Actron CP9580. It's $169, but it looks like it'll do everything I need it to do. Thanks again everyone.



* Generic and manufacturer specific code definitions on screen and trilingual support
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* Additional advance features such as freeze frame data, drive cycle mode, state OBD check and print data support
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I bought a similiar item from Walmart for a little less, NOT actron but Equus Innova, and although it can provide more information than just the DTC in the EVIC after doing the key dance, its NOT much more.

I can't say it has really helped me to diagnose any problems any sooner by having it, the freeze frame data is interesting and does help, but NOT much.

Reading ABS codes helps, but it would be nice to read AirBag codes, Chassis and Transmission codes as well. Most will come through, but if I understand the system correctly NOT all of the codes will come through the DTC's in the EVIC and/or the OBDII Scanners for those subsystems.

I'd love to be able to do some simple functions for maintenance, that the dealer tools can do.
*Operate the ABS pump for bleeding the brakes.
*Initiate re-learns/resets for various functions that are typically called for in maintenance procedures for the engine/trans/chassis.
*Enter VIN and mileage info for various electronic replacement parts.
*Read all the subsystem codes and operational data that is NOT passed along the CAN network.

Unfortunately, all the manufacturers keep this information proprietary, I'm guessing to give a competitive advantage for their Dealerships and make more profit by selling the proprietary data/protocols at a high cost to tool manufacturers, and/or charging for the tools for the dealerships and independent shops.

It will costs thousands of dollars for a the dealer tool or anything similiar that approaces all the functions the dealer tool is capable of.

Sad fact is, a cheap laptop computer can do everything that tool does, it just needs a $20 adapter cable and a cheap software program, as long as the software writer has access to the data/protocols, which to get that, the software righter has to pay so much money, he has to charge thousands of dollars for his software to make a profit.

There are a couple of laptop type solutions that are often a bit more capable then the hand held scanner tools, BUT, the cost goes up fast as the capability goes up.
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