Sunday, January 01, 2017

The service light, OBD-II, and the quest for a tool, part 004

(This is part 4 of the story that started here)

On the way to the car I inspected the scanner and the package and tried to get it open. The packaging was thick, clear plastic and apparently designed to survive a nuclear holocaust. There was not going to be an easy way to open it and I didn't want to completely rip the thing apart in case I needed to return it. Fortunately, I found a new razorblade in the car door compartment and proceeded to slice the back of the package near the edges and made sort of a door. The plastic was freaking tough, even the razorblade had a hard time making it through. Why would it need to be packaged like that? Without even reading the instructions I plugged the scanner into the OBD-II interface. I pressed scan and after a few seconds I got some sort of error. That's when I remembered I needed to have the ignition on before scanning. I switched the car on and pressed scan again. This time I got a message that said "No codes" or something like that. I got a feeling it wasn't going to work for resetting the Service light. I decided to calm down and take my time later to read the instructions and try the scanner again.

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