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    Smile Code reader

    HI all, hope everyone in the AOC is doing well today.

    I have a 52 plate 1.7DTi and just wanted to know if anyone else has purchased an error code reader, and if so where did they get it and how much did they pay?

    Having a few little issues (nothing major at all) and wouldn't mind having one just for piece of mind.

    Thanks guys,

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    sorry to say but handheld readers wont work with your car im afraid

    diesels werent OBD2 compliant until 2004 and thats what the majority (if not all) of the cheap readers out there are.

    your best bet is opcom providing u have a laptop to run the software on.

    if not, let me know and ill try n help where i can.

    i have a 53 plate combo with the same engine and in the same position, opcom is ideal for this purpose, if however im out n about and need to read the codes without the laptop then just use the "pedal test" if i need to clear them then just switch ignition on and off 20 times in a row - leave sufficient time for lights to go out each time...... or if ur not in a major hurry then unplug ECU for 20mins or so.


    anyway, no code reader is any use - youll need proper diagnostic software

    HTH

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    I do indeed have a laptop (in fact I have far too many, trying to sell them is proving a nightmare hahaha).

    That's a shame, my step-dad bought a reader and plugged it into his car (exactly the same engine etc, only his is an estate) and it just came up with "link error" on the screen so I didn't want to buy the same one as him thinking it was just poor build quality from the chinese haha.

    What is the system you currently use? Can this system be plugged into the socket just under the handbrake for reading error codes?

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    its called "opcom" as i said

    plugs into the OBD port as per usual - other end into the laptop

    software is in broken english and a nightmare to install but worth it


    if u want me to do a dummy run with mine sometime let me know and ill show u how it works etc.

    usual cost is about £30

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    Sounds like a plan to me

    Just a few niggles I want to get out of the system really, main one being when I drive around in the wet, after about 10 minutes the engine management light comes on, then after 10 or 15 minutes it goes away again. I am sure it's just somethign trivial like water running down the windscreen and hitting something it's not meant to but I am sure I can find out.

    Cheers for your help mate.

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    Jumping on this thread sorry, im looking to buy an opcom for my laptop but when i asked the seller if it would work on my 03 1.7 DTI eco 4 he said i needed to find out if the car was obd 2 compliant
    I basically want to diagnose and extinguish an airbag light maybe check the cars health too
    He mentioned there might be an emissions sticker on the car somewhere with this info on it can you advise Geordie?? thanks

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    yes it will work mate


    the obd2 is bullshit if its opcom - as it works on obd1 cars (ie those upto 2000/petrol and 2004/derv

    i think he probs meant check it has the 16 pin obd2 style socket (even used on earlier models with obd1 software)


    in essence ..... yes opcom will work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeordieBandit View Post
    if i need to clear them then just switch ignition on and off 20 times in a row - leave sufficient time for lights to go out each time......
    Does this work with petrol models to? Say a 53' 1.6 SXi?
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    yes yes and yes

    works on all vauxhalls from about 1992 to current day (depending on version of software u buy) mine goes upto about 2008 iirc

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeordieBandit View Post
    yes yes and yes

    works on all vauxhalls from about 1992 to current day (depending on version of software u buy) mine goes upto about 2008 iirc
    Are you sure that works on all models from 92'? I tried it this morning but It diden't clear the code I've had on the car since I bought it. Turn the ignition to position II then back off and then back to position II again 20 times?
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