Stores that Let You Borrow ODB Code Reader

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  1. axelfox

    axelfox Diamond Member

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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?
     
  2. Vette73

    Vette73 Lifer

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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?
     
  3. 3chordcharlie

    3chordcharlie Diamond Member

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    Buy one for less than $100, and then never have to worry about it again?
     
  4. SoulAssassin

    SoulAssassin Diamond Member

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    they don't let you borrow it but if you go there they will check it
     
  5. yelo333

    yelo333 Senior member

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    If this thread over at SD can be trusted, CA now prohibits auto parts stores from doing this any more.
     
  6. darom

    darom Senior member

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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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    HF is crazy, crazy cheap. That is a nice price.

    Advance here will still check a code.
    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.
     
  8. foghorn67

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    Have you tried Kragen?
     
  9. antyler

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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.
     
  10. LikeLinus

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    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.
     
  12. AmdEmAll

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    Murrays Auto lets you borrow them still I think.
     
  13. redgtxdi

    redgtxdi Diamond Member

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    QFT!!!

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