Cheap Place In Canada To Read "Check Engine" Code?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Guncho, May 8, 2006.

  1. Guncho

    Guncho Guest

    I don't think we have Autozone up here, so does anyone know of a cheap
    place to get an error code read?

    Guncho, May 8, 2006
  2. Guncho

    Guncho Guest

    Get this, Toronto Hyundai tried to tell me that the Check Engine Light
    will never go off on it's own??!?!?!

    Guncho, May 8, 2006
  3. Guncho

    Guncho Guest

    I filled up the car last Tuesday and the Check Engine light came on, on
    Wednesday. I was thinking it was just the fuel cap so I tightened it
    but it hasn't gone off yet.

    Will the Check Engine light go off on it's own if the problem is fixed?

    Would it be a good idea to disconnect the battery to reset the light
    and see if it comes back on?

    Also, recently if you'll recall I left the dash lights on and
    subsequently somone who was helping me, reversed a battery cable and
    blew my alternator and radio fuses which were recently repaired if that
    might have anything to do with it.

    I'm just trying to avoid paying $50 to be told to tighten the gas cap
    or something.

    Guncho, May 8, 2006
  4. Guncho

    Lawrence Guest

    After a certain number of "drive cycles" with no problems the light will go
    out. You can disconnect the battery for a couple of minutes to reset the
    computer as well. Just remember to turn off all stuff like fans, radio, etc.
    for the first 10 minutes or so when you first start the car again so the
    computer can relearn the basics again. If you were closer to Trenton I'd say
    just swing by my place and I'll hook my laptop up for you and flick the
    switch. There are a couple of local garages that will do this as well. I don't
    know of any shops off the top of my head in Toronto though.

    Lawrence, May 8, 2006
  5. Guncho

    Guncho Guest

    As the light hasn't gone out since Wednesday, I'm thinking it's not the
    gas cap and I should take it in with the light on.

    How's Trenton? My father is from there. We had a cottage in Brighton.

    Guncho, May 8, 2006
  6. Guncho

    accent Guest

    Is there any laptop interface and software that you can recommend?
    accent, May 9, 2006
  7. Guncho

    Lawrence Guest

    I have only used one type myself. I got it from here
    I bought the Ford specific model a few years back and last fall I bought my wife a
    2006 Kia Sportage so I needed a new interface so I ordered the triple combo model.
    My sons' Hyundai Scoupe is a 95 so it doesn't have the OBDII interface so I can't
    use it on that but it works great for the others. I have also used it for friends
    (Mazda B4000, Mazda Protege 5, Saturn, and so on). The thing I like about this
    particular interface is that you can use it with any computer from a 386 on up. For
    a while I was using mine with a 40mhz NEC Versa 486 laptop, then with a 486DX4-75
    NEC Versa 2000D laptop, and now I use it with an IBM Thinkpad 600. I picked up a
    simple 75Watt inverter so I can plug the laptop power cord into that and then I can
    drive around town or whatever and record all the data from the OBDII into a file on
    the hard drive. When I get home I can copy that file to my desktop and replay the
    data back on the "digital dashboard" and print out any part of it I want for a hard
    copy record of performance. The software for this interface is updated usually once
    a month so you just need to go to the web site and you can download the update for
    free. I'm not sure of how the price of this unit compares to others but it has
    worked flawlessly for me and with my local Ford dealer wanting to charge $67
    (Canadian) just to read the codes (this was before a few free places showed up in
    this area) the stuff I have done with my interface has already paid for itself
    twice over.

    Lawrence, May 9, 2006
  8. Guncho

    Lawrence Guest

    To confirm you still have a problem you could always disconnect the battery to reset
    the computer and then see if the light comes back on once you start driving again. I
    just realized too that you didn't happen to mention what year the vehicle is so I
    might have jumped the gun by automatically thinking OBDII when you might have meant
    OBDI or something.
    Trenton probably isn't much different from what your Dad could tell you. We just had
    the big Walleye/Pike fishing derby this past weekend so it was a bit lively out on
    the water. I didn't catch anything worth while but I had to work for part of the
    weekend (I'm a civilian tech on the Hercules flight simulator on the base here) so I
    didn't get a chance to fish much.

    Lawrence, May 9, 2006
  9. Guncho

    Guncho Guest

    It's a '99 Accent GSI. Actually the check engine light went off just
    as I got to work so I don't need to take it in anymore!


    My grandfather was an airplane mechanic on the Trenton airbase. Did
    you grow up there or move there for work?

    Guncho, May 9, 2006
  10. Guncho

    news Guest

    here's some info that might be useful
    news, May 9, 2006
  11. Guncho

    accent Guest

    From what I gather, the hardware I will need is the ISO interface for
    my Hyundai Accent 2001. It comes with the 16 pin male connector for
    the car, 9 pin female rs232 connector for the computer and a RJ45
    cable in between. All this and the software will cost $122 USD.

    Too bad the USB option is not supported for ISO, my computer does not
    have a serial port.

    Thank you for the info.
    accent, May 9, 2006
  12. Guncho

    Lawrence Guest

    That was one of the reasons why I was using older 486 laptops at first. You can get one
    on eBay for a dirt cheap price. With an older laptop like that I didn't really care if I
    got it a bit dirty (I wrapped a layer of saran wrap around my keyboard so I wouldn't
    drip anything in between the keys). Once I was done my work I just transferred the saved
    data file to my main system at home.

    Lawrence, May 10, 2006
  13. Guncho

    Lawrence Guest

    Thanks for that link. Looks like some interesting reading there.

    Lawrence, May 10, 2006
  14. Guncho

    Lawrence Guest

    Sounds like you had enough drive cycles to get the thing to reset itself. Some people
    assume that just starting the vehicle a bunch of times in a row will clear the light but
    it needs a certain amount of time and driving conditions to reset. I don't know what the
    specs are on all that though.
    I moved to Trenton back in 1979 when my Dad got posted here. Finished my high school, did
    2 years of college (electronics engineering tech), couldn't get a job since I didn't have
    any work experience in the field so I joined the military myself. Just happened my first
    posting was Trenton where I worked on the electronics for the C130 Hercules and Boeing 707
    for a few years and then got on the computers for the flight simulators. In 1994 that got
    contracted out so I got out of the military to keep doing the same job I had been doing
    except as a civilian now working for CAE who holds the contract for the sims. So basically
    I've been here since 1979 except for a 3 year period from 1991-94 when I was working on
    the Aurora simulator in Greenwood, Nova Scotia.

    Lawrence, May 10, 2006
  15. Guncho

    news Guest

    My new laptop does not have a serial port as well. (no legacy support)

    the cool thing about the software, is you can get yourself an older, cheap
    (50-100 bucks from craigslist, eekbay, friend, etc... then run it with the
    inverter if the battery doesnt hold a charge...)
    Like Lawrence mentioned, is to DL the info then replay the info in the
    "digital dashboard" at home.

    I dont like the feeling of my new gateway widescreen riding shutgun :))
    news, May 10, 2006
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