If want to read the trouble codes for your car you will need to buy a code scanner. They range in price from $50 and up depending on the make and model of the scanner. When purchasing one make sure it is for OBD II for this is the system your car uses. To use the scanner follow the instructions that come with it. A good one will have a screen that displays the directions as you use it in a step by step manner. The scanner gets connected to a plug in connection usually located under the dash on the drivers side. FYI this tool is a great help in trouble shooting your engine management system but don't be confused and think it will fix the problem. It will only lead you in the right direction. Once you know what the problem is you will still need to change the defective piece.
Good luck :) Backyardmechanic
Sunday, November 12th, 2006 AT 9:29 AM