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$35 code reader read/cleared a 450 diagnostic code

Hey all,
In the spirit of sharing (possibly) helpful info, the $35 OBD-II code reader I picked up upon the recommendation of friends on corvetteforum and fullsizechevy, and an import site- was able to read and erase the code our 450 cdi threw yesterday.

I got this inexpensive generic code reader (centech?) a few years ago at Harbor Frieght upon the recommendations listed above, because if it didn't work on the vehicle, the purchase price would have been lost (I think- not sure about "electrical" returns at HF.) Anyway, the little code reader has dutifully read all general OBD-II codes on a Ford, Chevy Corvette, Nissan, a Honda, and now the vehicle speed sensor malfunction on the 450 (according to Evilution - Smart Car Encyclopaedia). Sadly it will not talk to our E300...

Please bear in mind that if you want a reader-it's a quick, inexpensive tool that could save you a trip to the mechanic (or your dealer if yours is nice enough to let your 450 grace their garage- our will not) and if it is something easy to address yourself, but it is not a complete diagnostic tool, and I have no idea if it would work on a 451. For generic OBD-II codes however, it worked on our 450. For higher level diagnostics and programming, you would need to contact Leroy or someone other specialist with the almighty STAR system, and etc.
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Great tip!

I know the ScanGauges don't work on the US 450s but they will do that and more on a 450 diesel.
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