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Old 12-18-2009, 03:11 PM   #1
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I've decided to buy a code reader for my sprinter, so i can recieve and clear my own codes. does anybody know what model i need. i have found an OBD11 not sure if it will work though
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:29 PM   #2
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I've decided to buy a code reader for my sprinter, so i can recieve and clear my own codes. does anybody know what model i need. i have found an OBD11 not sure if it will work though
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Do not waste your money on generic readers with extremely limited application on Sprinters. A ScanGaugeII is useful as a auxiliary gauge but fails miserably as a comprehensive Sprinter scan tool.

I realize that is cheap talk from someone like me, with factory diagnostic equipment which can cost north of $5000, but this morning I received a phone call regarding a possible, near future, Doktor A project.

This project could bring VERY affordable DEALER GRADE diagnostics to EVERY SPRINTER GROUP MEMBER.

Please stay tuned- I hope to have an IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT, right after Christmas. Doktor A
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Default Re: What code reader do i need

Given the other posts about how few MB dealers there may be, the timing is great.

Next project: cloning Dr. A . You need a Duplicator box like Calvin and Hobbes.
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I don't want to announce more details until I have everything in place, but this is BIG. Doktor A
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Old 12-18-2009, 05:06 PM   #5
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Sounds really exciting... and intriguing!
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I'd think that the Doktor A scanner is worth waiting for unless you like to mess with gadgets like the Scangauge II then you also get a scan tool while you're waiting.

Many auto parts stores will read your codes for free. Just keep in mind that the Sprinter is not totally OBDII compliant. AP/vic
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I'd think that the Doktor A scanner is worth waiting for.

Many auto parts stores will read your codes for free. Just keep in mind that the Sprinter is not totally OBDII compliant. AP/vic
To say the Sprinter is "not totally OBDII compliant", is misleading. Please, understand that the OEM manufacturers spend a lot of time and money on software and are only required by the EPA to share a small percentage of emission related codes.

Generic scan tools will NOT access all Sprinter engine diagnostic codes and certainly few if any of the other 8-10 Sprinter's on board module's codes. And generic tools DO NOT provide complete and useful descriptions in English.

What I envision, is bringing true dealer grade diagnostic capabilities to every group member. And that means more than just EVERY module and code reading-that means true diagnostic system tests, programming of modules, and component actuator menus as well. Maybe even brake fluid flushing! Doktor A
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Doktor A,
At one time I felt bad about posting things that may not be completely accurate. I now reconcile (delude?) myself that many of my comments prompt those who really know what's true to either correct me or enhance things with additional information. As I try to not present myself as an expert, I no longer feel so bad and it kinda gives me a posting free license. Thanks for the additional info and clarification.:

Your scan tool project sounds great. Especially given the loss of so many longer term Sprinter dealership commitments given the Chrysler direction. Please keep us posted as to progress. vic
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This project could bring VERY affordable DEALER GRADE diagnostics to EVERY SPRINTER GROUP MEMBER.
Please stay tuned- I hope to have an IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT, right after Christmas. Doktor A
I don't want to press for details, but I would like to ask for a clarification.

This thread exists in the T1N area.

When you say, "EVERY SPRINTER GROUP MEMBER" did you mean to include NCV3 owners, too?

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I don't want to press for details, but I would like to ask for a clarification.

This thread exists in the T1N area.

When you say, "EVERY SPRINTER GROUP MEMBER" did you mean to include NCV3 owners, too?

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Well, I meant to imply "every Sprinter group member" with a pre-'07 Sprinter. Doktor A
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