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Black And Decker SmartScan - The Every (OBD-II) - Vehicle Scanner

Posted in How To on February 1, 2009
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The SmartScan unit plugs into the OBD-II port below the dash on most 1995-and-newer vehicles (cars and trucks). Once you have the unit plugged in, turn your ignition to the "accessory" position.

If you've got a programmer for your truck, then you have diagnostic trouble code (DTC) reader built into your programmer. Lucky you. But for the rest of us, we still need a way to read codes on our OBD-II (most vehicles 1995 or newer) equipped vehicles.

Up until recently, you could borrow code readers from auto-parts stores and bring them back, but we've been told recently that many stores have halted that courtesy, and now you have to buy one if you want to read your codes. And how could you not be curious about a warning light on your dash? Those annoying "check engine" lights can come on and really get you up in a huff if you don't have any idea what it could be. And for someone not familiar with one's vehicle (or vehicles in general), it can be a real scare.

But not to worry; by the time you read this, Black and Decker will have the SmartScan ready for sale where Black and Decker products are sold, including Home Depot and many general stores. It's a handy little device to keep in the glovebox, and isn't nearly the cost of other more complex vehicle scanners.

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