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axelfox
01-22-2009, 05:04 PM
I got a check engine light on my dad's car. I want to check the code before I bring it in, but AutoZone doesn't let customers borrow the code reader anymore.

Are there any autoparts store that will let you borrow the code reader?

Marlin1975
01-22-2009, 06:33 PM
Autozone did have it in the loan a toal program. Try another store.


But why not just drive it to Advance/AZ?

3chordcharlie
01-22-2009, 06:37 PM
Buy one for less than $100, and then never have to worry about it again?

SoulAssassin
01-22-2009, 08:11 PM
they don't let you borrow it but if you go there they will check it

yelo333
01-23-2009, 08:37 AM
If this thread (http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=282302&t=1147073&highlight=obd) over at SD can be trusted, CA now prohibits auto parts stores from doing this any more.

darom
01-23-2009, 01:38 PM
Just buy one for ~ $40 from Harbor Freight when it is on sale (happens every 3-4 weeks). Mine reads everything, plus you can clear the codes with it (it helps troubleshoot).

StageLeft
01-23-2009, 02:06 PM
Originally posted by: darom
Just buy one for ~ $40 from Harbor Freight when it is on sale (happens every 3-4 weeks). Mine reads everything, plus you can clear the codes with it (it helps troubleshoot).HF is crazy, crazy cheap. That is a nice price.

Advance here will still check a code.
If this thread over at SD can be trusted, CA now prohibits auto parts stores from doing this any more. WTF. Is that for real--why has CA banned it? It cannot really be because mechanics are complaining that people will no longer pay $90 to use their tool for 3 minutes is it? I mean really, I need to know for sure, what is the real reason behind that law?

EDIT: I think it may be because people clear codes for emissions. However, if they are smart enough to do that they are smart enough to know that they can pay $90 or less for a scanner, so still it's cheaper than a repair, if they're trying to pass an annual inspection or something.

foghorn67
01-23-2009, 05:26 PM
Have you tried Kragen?

antyler
01-24-2009, 09:34 AM
My auto zone stopped doing it too. upsetting. I ended up buying one for like 60. I dont think Kragen or Pep Boys does it either.

LikeLinus
01-24-2009, 10:31 AM
It's on sale right now!

http://www.harborfreight.com/c...m.taf?Itemnumber=94169 (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=94169)

CrackRabbit
01-24-2009, 05:59 PM
Originally posted by: LikeLinus
It's on sale right now!

http://www.harborfreight.com/c...m.taf?Itemnumber=94169 (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=94169)

I suggest getting the model up from that one, should be about $70. Gives you a definition of what the codes are without having to look it up in a book or on your computer.

And as a California resident, this state is fucking retarded.

AmdEmAll
01-24-2009, 08:59 PM
Murrays Auto lets you borrow them still I think.

redgtxdi
01-25-2009, 01:02 AM
Originally posted by: CrackRabbit


And as a California resident, this state is fucking retarded.


QFT!!!

If this state does not pull its head out of its ass soon, I swear, I'm gonna.........start selling crack!!!