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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-26-2010, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Code Reader for 02 Forester

I went to advanced auto the other day to have them read any codes that my forester my be throwing. They said the did not have the correct code reader, that the plug they had was too big for the car. I would like to check out purchasing my own code reader, because I am sure a garage will charge me just to do that. But I have no idea what kind of scanner to get so that I don't end up with a reader that won't plug into the forester outlet. I am pretty new to this, could someone recommend one that they know will connect and work. Thanks
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-26-2010, 05:12 PM
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It is a standard OBDII Plug. The only issue I have come across is the body of some plugs wont fit into the recess for the OBDII port on/under our dashes.

Most forum members have a preference for the scangaugeII

His - 08 X Prem 5mt
Hers - 08 X 4EAT
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i use a launch creader and like the simplicity of its use

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I have this Actron model, but there are several different ones that work pretty much the same.

You don't even need the manual, the screen walks you through the process, gathers the codes and tells you what they are. About as idiot-proof as can be. You can buy them on Amazon or Ebay. I've had mine for several years and paid about $100 for it; they are probably less now. Use it two or three times and it pays for itself. Charge your friends and neighbors $20 a shot to clear their codes and it's even cheaper.

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just ordered the actron 9145 form amazon, $100 with shipping, can't wait until Friday when it comes and I con figure this car out, or at least I hope this helps figure it out. Not only is it stuttering and hesitating when cold, my mph has been going down. Keep the fingers crossed.
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I use the actron Pocketscan Plus. Its great for universal codes that happen on all cars, but can be a pain in the butt when it reads for 'manufacturer specific' codes, which i have to go running to a computer for (google lol). OBD plugs, to the best of my knowledge, are all the same exact size, and work in the exact same way. That is why there are terms such as "OBD compliency" and such. Its universal.

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I have an Actron CP9175, but haven't used it on the Foz


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Actron for me too, but I bought a more basic model, about $70, on the 'bay.


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...OBD plugs, to the best of my knowledge, are all the same exact size, and work in the exact same way. That is why there are terms such as "OBD compliency" and such. Its universal.
True but not all the plugs "bodies" will fit into the cut out(recess) in our dashes for the OBDII port. For example where the cable exits on the plug in the first pic prevents the plug from being pushed into the OBDII port as it hits the dash before it can be seated. This may be what the OP ran into at Advance Auto with their reader.

This one does not fit in the cut out for some Subarus.


While this one does.

His - 08 X Prem 5mt
Hers - 08 X 4EAT
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The plug that came with my UltraGauge fits fine in our 2006 Forester, but is a little tough to remove (needs some patient jiggling in the confined space available).

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