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Tool to view codes?

Discussion in 'ZX2 1998-2004 2.0L DOHC' started by smoke-n-squeal, Jun 6, 2008.

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    smoke-n-squeal Guest

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    I'm needing to know how to read codes from my '03 ZX2. What's everyone use out there? What tool do you use to find out what codes your cars producing?
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    It takes an OBDII code reader. You can get one of those from Mejier for about 60 or 70 dollars. Or you could just got to an autoparts store or autorepair place and they will probably have one. I know Autozone has a reader and they will read it for free.
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    Autozone will not read it unless the check engine light is on. I asked two different locations and the both said the same thing. They said their readers can't pick up all the little codes that are put in the computers but only the onse that cause the check engine light to come on. :(
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    If there isnt a light then there isnt a code. No place can read codes that dont throw a light. It gets erased the third time you start your car.
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    I'm not sure about this car but everyother one I had still registered codes for minor events with out throwing the light. But I'm fairly sure it's the same way this car is. When I changed the plugs the other day I didn't get one of the wires on tight and it was deffinitly missing. The check engine light didn't come on until running it a few minutes with it missing. That light is only for major issues.
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    On an OBDII system, the code has to be set off 3 consecutive times I believe before it shows up. So there will be other saved codes, but they aren't any big deal. Even Walmart carries OBDII Code Readers, and they are the same brand that you would get at an auto parts store, just cheaper.
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    Its the reverse of what you said. If the code has not been thrown in 3 starts of the car then the code will not show up. It can show up the first time though. If you stall your car it has a SES light before you start it back up.. Just to let you know. 3 is the right number though.

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