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    Default Best way to read codes?

    After having driven her around all weekend no issues, this morning when I crank her up all good at first but two seconds later... BOOM! Service Engine Soon came on. I'm sure it can be a million different things, whats the best way to go about this? Is there like an OBD scanner or something I can plug into? If so any recommendations, I'm a true noob at reading diagnostics info.

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    if you got a torque app it can read codes and clear them. or you can get a cheap code scanner like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/OBD-2-U480-C...QAAOSwwE5WbEQF

    i have both, hand held scanner works faster for sure.

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    Default Re: Best way to read codes?

    Thanks Scotty, do you live eat and breathe http://www.grandprixforums.net ?

    I just ordered https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I will update here once I get it and plug it in.

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    I don't know about living here... But Scotty is definitely the resident expert. Just wait and see, you might become a Grand Prix junkie! Like a lot of us on here.... Not me tho
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    when you hit 5000 posts, your title changes to "i live here" lol

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    Default Re: Best way to read codes?

    Ok sooooooo I got my hands on a reader, before that I noticed my coolant was a little low, I filled it.... guess what the code was

    P0446

    Im no code reader but I think it has to do with the coolant being low?!

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    https://www.obd-codes.com/p0446 evap, nothing to do with coolant. sounds like a bad purge solenoid.

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    Default Re: Best way to read codes?

    Is this bad? Can I drive on it or is it a bad idea? What does that valve do, I just looked up some videos looks totally doable

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    It's just emissions related, you could drive it like that for a very long time if you had too.

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    yup not hurting a thing. it take gas tank fumes and burns them i guess by letting them into the tb.

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    I was gonna say Carquest, Autozone and Oriellys all do free check engine light scanning.
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    Sweet , just reseated the connector and erased codes let's see if it come back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick2500 View Post
    I was gonna say Carquest, Autozone and Oriellys all do free check engine light scanning.

    Word? That's pretty cool.

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    You can buy an obd2 adapter an an app on your phone call torque an read all your ses codes an it can tell ya everything going on with your car to so you don't have to take it somewhere every time it throws a code

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    Default Re: Best way to read codes?

    Quote Originally Posted by BLACKanREDgtp View Post
    You can buy an obd2 adapter an an app on your phone call torque an read all your ses codes an it can tell ya everything going on with your car to so you don't have to take it somewhere every time it throws a code
    Thanks man, I ended up replacing getting the solenoid valve, code long gone now... Also while looking all this up I stumbled upon aeroforce gauges which look like a lot of fun and a super powerful accessory I had never even thought of having

    http://zzperformance.com/3800/gauge-...can-gauge.html
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