Ford Probe Repair Question
Scanner Type and Price
Where is the year break 1995 or 1996? The ne w scanners now have updateable cards.
What is the info on alternative scanners?
Because your car is a 1994 your car has OBD 1. The down side of OBD 1 is every car manufacture has there own type of connection and system. A scanner for your car may not work for a different make without a different cable or scanner, depending on the type of code scanner. The federal goverment made it mandatory for car companies to have a universal system and OBD 2 was born. The cut off is 1996, however some 1995 models that were manufactured later in the year have OBD 2. As far as the price goes this can vary alot depending on the features of the scanner. I have 2 cars one is OBD 1 and the other is OBD 2. For this reason I purchased a scanner that can work with both systems. The price was around $225 dollars. This cost more then a scanner that just works on one system but I didn't want to be stuck with a tool that I couldn't use after I no longer owned the car.I also made sure that the scanner I purchased was one that can be updated as new tchnology comes out. Generic scanners work and can help with troulbe shooting when needed. Sometimes the scanner can clear a code and that is a that is needed to fix the problem, but don't be mislead that it will fix everything that is wrong with the car because it won't. It helps point you in the right direction and the rest is up to you to find the problem.
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I bought my OBD-I scanner for about $50.00. Check out the auto supply stores and Sears...
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