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Question OBD2 (Engine Code Reader) Onboard Diagnostic Tool

I'm looking into buying a OBD2 device, anyone have experience with these devices? Looking for recommendations. Pros/Cons, etc. I believe there are some mechanics in this forum, what do you guys use at the shops you work at? I'm going to be reading a lot and completing my own research as well.

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I only use mine at home, have used on 3 different cars now.
Purchased it at Harbor Freight for a fraction of the cost of other readers.
If I ran a business would buy a name brand, but I get free updates of the
tool from Harbor Freight.
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but I get free updates of the
tool from Harbor Freight.

Like a newer model or software updates? Is that a service Harbor Freight offers for their OBD2 devices to anyone or do you have a connection? Never thought to look at Harbor Freight. Still very much in the research stage, but I do get mailers from them so I'll take a look next time I receive one.


Any issues using the device? What make/model do you have?

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Normally you can go to the harbor freight web site to update the readers.
I've had mine now since 2013 and they just stopped doing updates for it.
They just add new cars and cover new features coming out.
I didn't find out about their web site updates till I purchased the reader
and it told me how to do it. Used it on Optima, Cadenza, And K900

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Yeah one of the features I'm looking for in a OBD2 device is the update feature and the ease to complete. I've been looking at the wireless devices that use your phone and a app to display the information recorded from your car. Those seem to be the way to go these days, as there's new information available you simply update the app. There's still so many different wireless devices out there though, I'm still very much in the research game. Thanks for your input gene.

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