Actron OBD II AutoScanner CP9135
4X4 ICON 2000 - 2003 The CD!
On the way home from visiting relatives
for Thanksgiving, my Jeep hesitated a little like it was running out of gas, and the
"CHECK ENGINE" light went on. After the experience we had last year driving to visit the same relatives,
it was a little unnerving, but it kept running with no more problems or symptoms.
The "CHECK ENGINE" light stayed on even after cycling the key 50 or 60 times so
I decided it was time to find out what code the on-board computer had thrown.
Recalling that my dealer charged me $80
just to look at my vehicle (when no work was performed) last time, I decided that asking
them to just read the codes for me and then say buh-bye wasn't worth my time or money at
this point. Instead, I decided that I needed to get a code reader so that I could
evaluate these codes when they came, and have more info available when problems preventing
the vehicle from running might occur.
The first code reader I found was $40.
It looked useful, but I wanted something a little more robust and preferably from a
company that is a little more mainstream. I checked Amazon.com. They had the
Actron unit that I ended up buying (order below!). It has the following features:
- Retrieves and
clears all generic OBD II Diagnostic Trouble Codes
(DTCs), including Pending Codes.
- Displays the
status of I/M Monitors
- Displays MIL
- Compatible with all 1996 to 2002 OBD II compliant vehicles: North American,
Asian & European.
- Codes &
definitions are shown on an easy to read LCD display.
interface combined with "hot keys" for Read and Erase functions make this tool
very easy to use.
- Supports current
OBD II communication protocols (PWM, VPM, ISO & Keyword 2000)
- Attached J1962
diagnostic cable provides both data and power connections.
- Firmware updates
via user-replaceable chip.
under $150.00 typical retail price.
- 1 year warranty.
- Made in U.S.A.
I plugged it into the socket on the Jeep
and after a moment I got the following code:
P0123 TPS/Pedal Position
Sensor A Circuit High Input
That made sense but since the Jeep seemed
to be running OK, I chose to clear the "CHECK ENGINE" indicator, and wait to see
if I have any more problems. The code was easy to clear and I am waiting to see if
anything else happens. I must say it is nice to have this added to my tools.
It would have been nice if my dash cluster posted the codes like earlier TJ's, but that's
Here is a
listing of all the codes (Adobe Acrobat Reader Needed)
This device, combined with a good selection of automotive tools, and a good shop
manual, like the Haynes Jeep Wrangler manual are indispensable.
Here's something interesting if you have more money to spend
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