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Old 11-10-2010, 10:56 PM   #11 (permalink)
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All that thing has in it is an LED and a momentary switch. You can build your own.
I couldn't be bothered for less than $50
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:24 AM   #12 (permalink)
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they are talking about better "pre 96" stuff in the other thread (code reader) now. I wish we could move the pre 96 stuff over here since about the first 10 pages of that thread is for obd2 stuff.
I was about to buy one of those blinker units myself but I'm afraid it may not help me much on my current problems. I would love to see technical readings on the MAF, ETA, computer units etc. It looks to me, in my limited knowledge, that blinker units lead to replacing the wrong part or replacing something unnecessarily by not giving clues as to why a unit is not working properly.

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Old 11-11-2010, 07:32 AM   #13 (permalink)
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It depends on the model. For your car and your problems you really do need that second level of codes on the EA/CC/ISC, pin 7, and you can't get it with a flash code reader.
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It depends on the model. For your car and your problems you really do need that second level of codes on the EA/CC/ISC, pin 7, and you can't get it with a flash code reader.
By flash code reader you mean the things with the 3 wires and a blinking light?
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Old 11-11-2010, 06:12 PM   #15 (permalink)
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That's one form of it, some people use an even more basic style, two wires I guess it is. And some like the Baum tool are more sophisticated. The factory calls it a pulse counter. It's always the left hand column of codes at startekinfo.com factory site.
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Ok I received the code reader in post#9 off my lad for Christmas ( bless him) came with a list of codes for the r129
I haven't tried it yet, am frightened of what I might find LOL!

My query is, I have read some posts that said some problems got fixed by clearing the codes. I was under the impression they just read the codes to point you in the direction of fixing the problem. So what benefit is there in clearing the code before the problem as been fixed. If anyone can enlighten me I would appreciate it.
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My query is, I have read some posts that said some problems got fixed by clearing the codes. I was under the impression they just read the codes to point you in the direction of fixing the problem. So what benefit is there in clearing the code before the problem as been fixed. If anyone can enlighten me I would appreciate it.
Fault codes are stored, even though you may have fixed the fault.
With my '93 SL500, I routinely clear any stored codes with my home made code reader.
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Clearing the codes will NOT fix any problem. Except for the cases if all it needs is re-sync and clearing the 'hang up' code may re-initialize things.

Some codes will stay around in memory even after the problem is fixed but eventually may clear itself after a certain number of drive cycles.
Sometimes there are multiple codes generated (one triggering another etc) and old ones accumulated over time that could be confusing.

So the recommended procedure is to do the first scan, copy down the codes, clear them all, drive around and scan again. Then deal with those that comes back by looking into where the code points you to.

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Appreciate the info guy's. Thank you
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Ok I received the code reader in post#9 off my lad for Christmas ( bless him) came with a list of codes for the r129
I haven't tried it yet, am frightened of what I might find LOL!

My query is, I have read some posts that said some problems got fixed by clearing the codes. I was under the impression they just read the codes to point you in the direction of fixing the problem. So what benefit is there in clearing the code before the problem as been fixed. If anyone can enlighten me I would appreciate it.
So what did it say?
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