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Old 04-26-2012, 10:41 PM
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Default Recommendations on an OBD 1.5 Scanner

After doing some google searching ive found a few GM sites, and some of their users say that a particular scanner works better than others. Obviously since im new to this I have no idea if this is true.

So basically here is my question. Since I have a 95 with a OBD 1.5 setup Ill need that type of code scanner. Does one brand work better for our vehicles versus another? If not what brand would you guys suggest?

(I tried to search the forums on this and didnt find anything.)

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Some of the better Actron scanners (OBD 2 compliant) will read 1.5 if you have the proper cable. They are one of the most widely used ones for home use.
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Thanks for the reply. ok here is a pic of my connector and after reading so many complaints im assuming a obd 2 wont read the codes. so should i just go with a obd 1?
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An OBD 1 scanner isn't really much of a scanner. Basically, you're just shorting out certain pins in order to flash your check engine light. OBD 1.5 is a huge grey area since it was the transition to OBD 2. You have to have access to an OBD 2 scanner with the proper 1.5 cable to pull codes.
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This and a laptop. I have one and I like it. It can't be used on OBD2 though so it's a bit expensive to buy for use on a limited amount of vehicles but if you own one, then it can come in real handy.
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I have a '95 Blazer that states its an OBD2 on the emissions label and I own a OTC Genisys scanner that I bought used. It works on all domestic pre OBD2. Maybe it's the Scanner, but I use the OBD2 cable that's used on 96' and up. The unit I have only has the software built in to cover cars up to '03.
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Retro thanks for that link. awesome! I think thats what ill do.

Appreciate all the replies yall..
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All you need is a paper clip to pull codes from an OBD1.5 ecm. It's just an OBD1 ecm with an OBD2 connector. Figure out the pinout of the connector and you use the paper clip just like and OBD1 truck.

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are these any good??
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ScanTool.net LLC - OBDLink SX Scan Tool/OBD Interface - ScanTool.net

they seem cheap enough
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are these any good??
OBDLink SX
ScanTool.net LLC - OBDLink SX Scan Tool/OBD Interface - ScanTool.net

they seem cheap enough
I cant comment on that particular model. I have a Elmscan 5 USB from that site and love it. I use it with Scanmaster and PalmerPerformance software.
Its not comparable to a Snap On Verus, but its much cheaper.
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