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U380 OBDII Check Engine Auto Scanner Trouble Code Reader

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  • This unit actually works with 1996 - 2003 cars and trucks only. It does not work with CAN protocol which is used by most 2004 and newer cars
  • Reads and clears generic and manufacturer specific Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC) and turns off check engine light
  • Supports multiple trouble code requests: generic codes, pending codes and manufacturer's specific codes
  • Stand-alone unit with no need for an additional laptop computer to operate
  • Highly reliable and accurate, Easy-to-read crystal-clear backlit 2-line LCD display
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandUIF Technology
Item Weight9.9 ounces
Product Dimensions5.9 x 2.8 x 0.8 inches
Item model numberU480
Manufacturer Part NumberU480
  
Additional Information
ASINB000LEPT5G
Best Sellers Rank #11,182 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableNovember 29, 2006
  
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Warranty, Parts: Parts
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Product Description

This scanner is specifically designed to work with all OBD II compliant vehicles (all 1996 and newer cars & trucks that are OBD II compliant). There are a small number of 1994 and 1995 model year gasoline vehicles that are also compliant. To see if your car is OBD II compliant, check the Vehicle Emissions Control Information Label which is located under the hood or by the radiator of most vehicles. If the vehicle is compliant, the label will designate "OBD II Certified" and will have a 16-pin OBDII Standard Socket. This scanner is compatible all OBDII and EODBII compliant vehicles 1996 and newer. Please Note: may not be able to retrieve all codes on some VW, Audi, and Subaru cars. This scanner is not compatible with CAN protocol.

Customer Reviews

Very easy to use.
Charles Anderson
It was easy to use and I have used it on my friend's vehicles as well.
MM
My car is a 2006 Pontiac Grand prix!
Kenneth A. Davis

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Ronny Ong on July 23, 2009
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Sure, many auto parts stores will read your codes for free, but you have to drive there during their hours and wait for someone to become available. It's like making prints of digital photos. Sure, Wal-Mart will do it for pennies, but it's not that expensive to own your own photo printer. When I saw how affordable this reader was, I couldn't think of a good reason not to own one.

I only have one car and I'm not the type who is likely to do any repairs myself other than changing bulbs, fuses, filters, wiper blades, etc. Therefore, I wasn't interested in spending more to get a code reader with fancier display, more buttons, or wider compatibility. I just wanted to be able to see the error codes and look them up so I would have some idea of what was going on BEFORE I started dealing with mechanics.

At first, I was completely ignorant about where to find my OBD II socket. The instructions give you some guidelines on where to look, but the exact location can vary by make, model, and year. It took me about 15 minutes with a flashlight to find it, not for any particular reason except my ignorance. It wasn't really hidden nor difficult to see; I had just never seen one before in my life. Once located, it was a piece of cake to follow the instructions for connecting the reader and scrolling thru the codes. Although the instructions give you a brief description of common codes, it only took a few minutes with Google for me to seem like an expert about my problem. When I called the dealership to schedule a service appointment, I was able to tell them enough information that they were able to confirm coverage under my extended warranty, verify that all the relevant parts were in stock, and have me bring it in at a time when they would well-staffed for the type of repair.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By rockin24 on August 14, 2009
I have used this for over a year and a half now and have not had a problem with it. It reads the codes including P which some other reviewer could not seem to get it to do. The problem I had with my car was a stuck open thermostat so the light would come on every 2 or 3 days. I was easily able to retrieve the code, verify it was still the same problem, and erase it to turn off the light for over a year till I finally got the thermostat replaced. The light has lit up for other codes too, so I could check the problem before taking it to the mechanic to make sure he was telling me the truth.
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157 of 192 people found the following review helpful By xu on May 9, 2007
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This scanner is mediocre. I plan on returning this scanner and spending a few more bucks on the Actron CP9135 scanner. Why? Read below...

When this scanner arrived, I actually knew the 3 codes that caused my CEL to come on. A few days before this scanner arrived, I brought my car to a car dealer I know and he used his Actron CP9135 scanner, specifically asking the dealer **NOT** to clear my CEL so I could test out this cheapy scanner when it arrived.

According to the mechanic's scanner (again, an Actron CP9135 scanner which sells on Amazon for $73) 3 codes caused my CEL....two P0441 codes and one P0446 code (emissions, charcoal canister stuff).

Did the Actron CP9135 and this cheapy scanner give the same codes? Sort of....

First I'm going to describe the experience of using Actron CP9135 and then I'll contrast it with my experience using this cheapy scanner (I was hovering over the mechanic as he used his Actron scanner so I saw how he operated it and how his scanner worked).

The Actron CP9135 was very, very clear about the codes that caused my CEL. First it displayed '3 codes' then the mechanic pressed the up button on the Actron and the display changed to 'P0441, code 1 of 3' and it also had a short discription of the code below (the Actron CP9135 has a multi-line LCD display). The mechanic pressed the up button on the Actron again and the display changed to 'P0441, code 2 of 3' and it also had a short discription below (Again, I had two P0441 codes). And another press of the up botton displayed 'P0446, code 3 of 3' and also a short description of the code below it.

The experience I had with this cheapy scanner wasn't nearly as good. The scanner's display is only able to accomodate maybe 6-7 characters, 1 line only.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Lewis on February 11, 2010
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A check engine light caused me to order the OBD II scanner. I've had three check engine lights in the past year and each problem has been relatively minor, but the labor has been, on average, about $80 each time. On the third time, I decided to check the code and see if I could find the problem myself. I could have gone to one of the auto parts places (Autozone, Advanced, etc.) and had it read, but the closest is 11 mi away (22 miles round trip), so for just $35, I justified buying it. I read the code and then went on line to see if anyone else had experienced the same problem. Sure enough, the fix was there. I bought the part from the dealer for $23, put it in, used the OBD II to clear the code and re-ran the test. Everything was fine. I couldn't be more pleased.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Martin K. Spaulding on October 27, 2007
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Unit works great to find the code and erase. You can see if it repeats or if it was a temporary check engine light.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. Timm on July 24, 2008
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I got this because the area I live in wants to inspect my car for emissions and I wanted to make sure I didn't have problems before I took the car to the inspection station. There's nothing worse than finding out you have a problem than when the inspector tells you.

I read the instructions (something that a lot of reviewers neglected to do). What I found out was that I had several errors, all minor, but decipherable from the instruction book. That's what you get for 30 bucks.

If you have half a brain, this thing is very usable.
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