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Old 06-02-2017, 11:14 AM   #1
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My engine light came on today. Everything seemed to be working normal, but I wanted to check it out because I'm pulling the camper this weekend and I didn't want anything bad happening, so I bring it into the dealer and they hooked up a code reader and it came up with an emissions code. He cleared it and said to make an appointment if it came back on again. I would like to get myself a code reader and I never had one before, so my question is what is a good code reader to get? Do any of them tell you what the problem is besides the code?

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Old 06-02-2017, 03:06 PM   #2
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Most Code Readers will tell you what the Code definition is. You can pick up a fairly good one for about 100 Federal Reserve notes.
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Old 06-02-2017, 04:59 PM   #4
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My 04 Dakota has the capability to display the code in the electronic screen where the mileage is, by turning the key back and forth three times quickly between the accel and off position. I'd assume the newer truck can do the same. Once you have the code number I simply lookup the code. All Dodge codes are the same regardless of vechile. Google search Dodge Trouble Codes Edge Products. A PDF should appear of he search results. Open it and scan to what number you're looking for. For what your probably going to get out of cheap code reader, this is free. Now if you're planning on spending 1,000.00 - 1,500.00+ on one like Keith has, by all means it's worth it.
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Cheap code reader from parts store will do fine for pulling a code. My scanner is 5k lol you won't need that ever I'm sure. The code readers even my scanner will not tell you what is bad it tells you where the problem lies and you have to figure out what's causing it. AN emmisions code is nothing to worry about clear and drive if it comes back then diagnose it.
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Old 06-02-2017, 06:19 PM   #6
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Emissions is often a loose gas cap.
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Scan Gauge II here, but I think they're not made anymore. It's more than a code reader by a bit. Reads IAT, coolant temp, throttle position, etc., etc.
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Aeroforce Interceptor gauge.put it on the pillar. It'll read most all the sensors, dtc and some datalogging.
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Have a look at this:

https://torque-bhp.com/wiki/Bluetooth_Adapters

Download and install the Torque app for your Android (sorry, they still don't do iPhone from what I have seen. You can buy a cheap, used Android phone specifically to use for this for like $40 or less) phone and in conjunction with one of the scanners listed above, you can do a lot with just your phone.
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Old 06-04-2017, 03:42 PM   #10
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My 04 Dakota has the capability to display the code in the electronic screen where the mileage is, by turning the key back and forth three times quickly between the accel and off position. I'd assume the newer truck can do the same. Once you have the code number I simply lookup the code. All Dodge codes are the same regardless of vechile. Google search Dodge Trouble Codes Edge Products. A PDF should appear of he search results. Open it and scan to what number you're looking for. For what your probably going to get out of cheap code reader, this is free. Now if you're planning on spending 1,000.00 - 1,500.00+ on one like Keith has, by all means it's worth it.
Thanks, I'll have to try that!
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