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Old 01-22-2009, 06:04 PM   #1
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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?
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:33 PM   #2
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Autozone did have it in the loan a toal program. Try another store.


But why not just drive it to Advance/AZ?
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:37 PM   #3
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Buy one for less than $100, and then never have to worry about it again?
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:11 PM   #4
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they don't let you borrow it but if you go there they will check it
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:37 AM   #5
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If this thread over at SD can be trusted, CA now prohibits auto parts stores from doing this any more.
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Old 01-23-2009, 02:38 PM   #6
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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).
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:06 PM   #7
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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.
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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.
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:26 PM   #8
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Have you tried Kragen?
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:34 AM   #9
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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.
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Old 01-24-2009, 11:31 AM   #10
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It's on sale right now!

http://www.harborfreight.com/c...m.taf?Itemnumber=94169
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Old 01-24-2009, 06:59 PM   #11
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It's on sale right now!

http://www.harborfreight.com/c...m.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.
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:59 PM   #12
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Murrays Auto lets you borrow them still I think.
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Old 01-25-2009, 02:02 AM   #13
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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!!!
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