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I was looking through the web at scanners for the OBD1 system. Yes I know, I've used the jumpers and they work but, sometimes with the flash reading, it's hard to tell where a 2 digit or three digit code begins/ends.

I found this one that actually gives the digital readout of the codes and has an optional cable so you don't have to be in the engine bay to use it.

http://www.gosale.com/4664087/equus-3145-ford-code-reader

Then I read this review and it had me wondering if it was worth it or not since it apparently only reads one code and won't read them if you have multiple codes that need repair.
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2930886/equus_3145_ford_digital_code_reader.html

Anybody have any real experience with these units?
 

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it is a common to have one problem and throw many codes, thats why you repair one problem at a time. (exspecially with obd1) to repair this system you have to know how the entire system operates as goes with obd2 an so on . the newer systems are more user frendly and alot more forgiving to the person doing the repairs. always remember this is a diagnostic toolthat helps you with the repair it dosnt TELL you whats wrong.
 

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yo John,
I have a 96 w/OBD II so the scan tool is diff of course but they have the same bs code and "GENERAL Description of the Code"
I have the Actron CP9135 AutoScanner Diagnostic Code Scanner with On Screen GENERAL Description of the Code - got it as a gift; it works as advertised and is ok for my use, but the instructions suck: they don't mention warming eng up for KOER test and a few other thAngs, such as providing just GENERAL Description of the Code; I called em and mentioned this omission; tech support said "OK" and hung up.

And an recent example; a PO500 Code read VSS Sensor, but actual cause(s) could be somethAng in the stream incl. bad 4WABS Controller, PSOM, wiring, connectors, tone ring.

I'd do the Self Test w/meter or using the CEL and jumper
and use the $$ to buy a Ford Bronco Electrical and Vacuum Troubleshooting Manual (EVTM), Powertrain Controls and Emission Diagnosis Manual (PCED), Service Manual CD from Steve83 or E Bay
Will give you the great pin-point tests for each Code.
 

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John,

I have and use the Equus 3145 Code Reader. The review is incorrect in that it does show multiple codes for both KOEO and KOER testing. It will read both 2 digit and 3 digit OBD-I codes and it works for both my old 1990 SD PCM and my new 1995 MAF PCM. You can also clear any codes with the Equus, but obviously not until the problem is resolved.

You do not need the optional cable if you do not mind re-entering the vehicle for the Brake/Powersteering/Overdrive and Wide Open Throttle portions of the KOER test.

The instruction book is fairly straightforward with lot's of information. There is a lot of convenience in having a code reader but keep in mind that codes do not tell you exactly what the problem is, it only points you in the general direction.

This is one of the most valuable tools that I have. :thumbup

Equus 3145 Ford Digital Code Reader (OBD-I) - $33.95
 

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I know dozens of people who have purchased and used the Equus 3145 scanner. Everyone so far has liked the way it works. Good investment IMHO.
 

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OK, thanks guys for the input. I think I'll go ahead and order it and the cable just so I can have it.

Miesk, I know all about how inaccurate these things can be. I had an issue with my wifes 2000 Escort ZXT where the engine light came on. I took it to the parts store to scan and was told it was a faulty O2 sensor. I bought one only to find that I couldn't reach it without nearly removing the engine so I took it to the dealership to get it fixed. Come to find out it was the spark pack.

I know I've got issues with my Emissions system, I've been trying to work through them from the help you gave me in the other post from awhile back. Here's the update.
http://fullsizebronco.com/forum/showthread.php?t=171591
 

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yo
ok..
and I just replied to your TAD/TAB Qs in that thread.

be well pal! cya tomorrow here.
 
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