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  1. 2000 E46 318i fault code reader needed 
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    the engine management light is on and i want to get a code reader that will work on my car. took it to a m8s house yesterday and we tried 4 computers that he had and all were coming up with error.
    2 of the computers we used were http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/U380-OBD-2-II-...item3f0045f31b
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    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CAR-CODE-DIAGN...item2a09ffa3a9
    i dont have a laptop but i do have a pc so i cant really buy the ones with the cable u connect to the laptop to check. i dont really want to spend alot of money on one either. just thought id check out how much they were cos the garage wants £30plus vat just to check the codes. thanx
     
     

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    You could get a Peake tool that'll read your codes for £100+
     
     

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    I have a u480 scanner which I used to clear a fault code on an o4 scenic.

    It is obdII, and I was just wondering if it would work on an e46 318 ?

    If so, how do you get it to connect to the ecu ? I have plugged it into the socket, but keep getting a link error !
     
     

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    i think if the car is before 2001 then you may have 20 pin round diagnostic connector in the engine bay and also a 16 pin obd2 compliant socket under the dash below the sterring wheel.In these cars the 16 pin connector will not work for diagnostics as diagnosis is thru the round 20pin connector in the engine bay.
    i know that the peake tool has a special round 20pin adaptor to enable this.
     
     

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    thanks for the reply.

    do you think that a 16pin to 20pin convertor would allow it to work from the engine port ?

    http://www.ecufix.com/shop/index.php...roducts_id=190
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sps View Post
    i think if the car is before 2001 then you may have 20 pin round diagnostic connector in the engine bay and also a 16 pin obd2 compliant socket under the dash below the sterring wheel.In these cars the 16 pin connector will not work for diagnostics as diagnosis is thru the round 20pin connector in the engine bay.
    i know that the peake tool has a special round 20pin adaptor to enable this.
    Do you know where in the engine bay this round connector is? I have a 2001 "51" reg E46 and have been trying to connect via the dash plug using laptop with USB - Serial adapter and am getting error messages. Have been blaming the laptop but am now wondering!!
     
     

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    say if i had an error code coming up with the pre cat sensor and i changed it to a new one do i need to wipe the code off or does it do it automaticly?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rog View Post
    Do you know where in the engine bay this round connector is? I have a 2001 "51" reg E46 and have been trying to connect via the dash plug using laptop with USB - Serial adapter and am getting error messages. Have been blaming the laptop but am now wondering!!
    my car is a dec 2001 on a 51 plate,and the 16pin socket under the dash works with an autel brand MS309 tool which only reads generic engine related fault codes,but i get a communication error with the peake tool.My car does not have a 20 pin round connector in the engine bay.The location of this 20 pin connector is on or near the suspension turret.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by barachello View Post
    thanks for the reply.

    do you think that a 16pin to 20pin convertor would allow it to work from the engine port ?

    http://www.ecufix.com/shop/index.php...roducts_id=190
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    it may work but the best thing to do is to ask the site that supplies the adaptor if it definitely will.
     
     

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