Thanks very much..that's great...cheersYou can buy a generic code reader for about £12 Amazon, or for a few pounds more you can buy leads to plug into your laptop and download Multiscan for free....the free version does most of the things that a DIY'er needs.
And then find it lies ... although the EU SAYS that all cars with EOBD can be read by any compatible reader, that isn't always true ...You can buy a generic code reader for about £12
The item I've put a link to works perfectly with my GTA, it's also linked to a Clio and a 206.And then find it lies ... although the EU SAYS that all cars with EOBD can be read by any compatible reader, that isn't always true ...
MES is much the better option but then you are carting a laptop back and forth ...
The trim below your steering column drops down (held in place by 2 crosshead screws). The diagnostic port is on the right hand side amongst the fuses and relays.Thanks for the advice..will go for the mes then..don't mind paying a bit more if its more reliable...I'll be honest,lol..i don't even know where it plugs in..i presume its somewhere under the dash but never looked..i do know how to work a laptop so no trouble there? thanks again..great site
Thanks..car is a 2002 Twinspark 1600 so hopefully it should fit?!!It depends a lot on the age of the car .. pre-2001 there's little chance it will even connect, but it's not really until diesels when to EOBD in 2004 that they started to be more reliable .. I think before that the manufacturers were still customising the code ...
PSA were clever .. only having about half the car controlled by the ECU and the rest their proprietary BSI system .. perhaps being French meant they were allowed to bend the rules ...
There are also some of the market that aren't really EOBD but the earlier OBDII ... people market them to sell .. then disappear when you want your money back!
I bought my memoscan U581 in 2008 for £59. I have succesfully used it on megane 02reg golf gti Yreg golf V5 Yreg micra 05reg kangoo 1.2 53reg 156 jts 03reg fiat siecento 51reg civic 04reg bmw Z3 Wreg 156 jtd 16v 04reg 156 20v 04reg MGzt cdti 03reg astra Dti 04reg mazda 6 54reg.I have tryed it on a few diesels registered before 04 and it only worked od my pals 03reg mg zt cdti. I think it worked on my colleagues Wreg Z3 as it was built in the USA and they were compliant in 1996.This is without any doubt the best tool in my collection has solved faults in all the cars listed above and earned me bottles of wine/beer. The reader has only ever let me down when trying to read codes in non compliant cars petrol pre 2001/diesel pre 2004. The only thing better for alfa/fiat is fiat ecu scan which is not nearly as convenient as it requires laptop.Thanks davffc..some nice geezers on this site..very helpful..thanks
Fantastic..feel better now..lol..will have a mess at the weekend..thanks for the info. cheersNo disc required. Just go onto the MES website and download the free version.
The disc may be the driver for the elm cable or free vw software.
You may need to download a driver but download programme first.