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Old 12-13-2008, 04:06 AM   #1
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Best obd1 scanner/software?

It seems like obd2 has many more options as far as diagnostics but what is the best obd1 scanner? specifically for a '94 2.2l.........Most I'm finding have KOEO, KOER, timing, and cylinder balance tests but I'm looking for a little more.....so does anyone know a GOOD scanner along with software with as many options as and obd2? Thank you.
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Re: Best obd1 scanner/software?

Most OBD2 readers I've seen have adapters for OBD1. The one I got at Schucks does both. It was 250 a year ago and I'm willing to bet they've fallen in price. Never know when you're gonna need both, all your buddies will be hitting you up for the scan tool lol.
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Yeah, i was looking into the Innova Equus 3140, it does obd1 and 2 but doesn't do half the stuff with the obd1 as it can with 2. i guess it's the Control area network feature.
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Gotta remember OBD1 is almost 30 years old now, it can't do much. KOER, KOEO, Cylinder Balance, and Timing is all that I've ever been able to see them do. When I had my B2 my OBD2 scanner was able to pick up all kinds of codes, might be extremely slow (sometimes took it 40 minutes of idling to decide what it thought) but it was more than adequate.
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Re: Best obd1 scanner/software?

What are you wanting to accomplish? Obd1 is very limited. If you are wanting to view values on sensors any scanner that does obd2 should back convert with the correct adaptors.
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Quote: Originally Posted by 95fleet
What are you wanting to accomplish? Obd1 is very limited. If you are wanting to view values on sensors any scanner that does obd2 should back convert with the correct adaptors.
Well it's like there something wrong with the truck every week and I'm just tired of trying to diagnose it. I'd like to have a way to read things such as air/fuel, detect misfires, sensor data, rpms, freeze frame, etc. I'm also about to get started on an HHO kit and a good scanner would make the installation phase a lot easier
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I don't think you are going to find a scanner that will give you direct misfire counts or cylinders on obd1 I have a $5000 OTC Genysis and it wont do it on s10s the information available is based on the vehicle.

How much are you wanting to spend?
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Quote: Originally Posted by 95fleet
I don't think you are going to find a scanner that will give you direct misfire counts or cylinders on obd1 I have a $5000 OTC Genysis and it wont do it on s10s the information available is based on the vehicle.

How much are you wanting to spend?
I'd like to keep it under $300 for something that reads obd1 and 2 and comes with some type of pc software. I'm not really familiar with any of this stuff.......but then i see scanners like this on ebay that claims to do many more things than the some of the $300 ones claim. Would this be a good one? If not, what's the best?
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Re: Best obd1 scanner/software?

Quote: Originally Posted by 95fleet
I don't think you are going to find a scanner that will give you direct misfire counts or cylinders on obd1 I have a $5000 OTC Genysis and it wont do it on s10s the information available is based on the vehicle.

How much are you wanting to spend?
I'd like to keep it under $300 for something that reads obd1 and 2 and comes with some type of pc software. I'm not really familiar with any of this stuff.......but then i see scanners like this on ebay that claims to do many more things than the some of the $300 ones claim. Would this be a good one? If not, what's the best? http://vi.ebaydesc.com/ebaymotors/ws...m=R40&caz.html

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Re: Best obd1 scanner/software?

snap-on mt2500

i use it, works great....tells me all kinds of stuff (except misfire location and knock)
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Quote: Originally Posted by Chris0nllyn
snap-on mt2500

i use it, works great....tells me all kinds of stuff (except misfire location and knock)
how much?
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Re: Best obd1 scanner/software?

you can find em on ebay pretty cheap....brand new it was like 1800
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Re: Best obd1 scanner/software?

I didn't even know you could check those things on OBDI, here i figured it was just for check engine light, codes, and abs. very limited stuff.
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Re: Best obd1 scanner/software?

i can check long term fuel trim, o2 crosscounts, clear codes, basically any engine data

as well as air bag and trans stuff
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Quote: Originally Posted by Chris0nllyn
i can check long term fuel trim, o2 crosscounts, clear codes, basically any engine data

as well as air bag and trans stuff
nice, i would like to be able to do that, i'd prefer the computer version though, versus stand alone, where I can use my computer with software to check the engine. Too bad the 94's can't be programmed with the readers like OBDII.
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Re: Best obd1 scanner/software?

theres stuff out there, ive been researching `
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