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Free OBD Reading?

I've got a 1999 Toyota Corolla with the check engine light on. I had heard Autozone/Napa/Kragen will tell you the error code for free. When I called around earlier today all the stores around me are trying to sell me a code reader instead of just using the store one.

What gives?

Do stores not do this for free anymore?

Should I just bust in there and demand they let me use their error code reader?
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:01 PM FuzzyLogic is offline  
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autozone and kragen have tool loans, you can borrow a code reader, if anything. But yea they should read the codes for free, the last I checked, much like their free battery test and alternator test.
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Just ask them, seems simple enough.

I know when I recently went into a local AutoZone requesting that they reset my CEL they said they don't do that because if they do it too often it screws up the computer, or some other BS.
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in some states they cant legally reset it for your (emission controlled states). But they will loan you a reader to get the code at least.
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They used to and not anymore is what I was told a while back. Some legal reason iirc. People would say their code reader gave them the wrong code which lead them to buy the wrong part or something dumb like that.
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Every time either my cars or my friends cars throw a code, we just go up to autozone. They do free code scanning. Same with advance auto.

Lately though, they'll just scan for codes, they won't delete them. So whenever I get a code read, I ask to see the scanner. Then I quickly delete the code and give it back to the guy.
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yeah vatozone does free code reading. You can always get an obd cable off ebay for like $20 also
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Both of the advance auto parts near me loan out their scanner. Just gotta leave your license with them while you pull it in the parking lot.
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Every time either my cars or my friends cars throw a code, we just go up to autozone. They do free code scanning. Same with advance auto.

Lately though, they'll just scan for codes, they won't delete them. So whenever I get a code read, I ask to see the scanner. Then I quickly delete the code and give it back to the guy.

You know they always come back. Also I haven't seen a car that can't be cleared by pulling a fuse or a battery cable (surely those exist nowadays tho)
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Both of the advance auto parts near me loan out their scanner. Just gotta leave your license with them while you pull it in the parking lot.

Around here they just have an associate come out with it.
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You know they always come back. Also I haven't seen a car that can't be cleared by pulling a fuse or a battery cable (surely those exist nowadays tho)

True, but it sucks losing all your radio presets.
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Around here they just have an associate come out with it.

They'll do that too, but if I ask to borrow it they'll give it to me
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Around here in Cali the usual places do not do code scanning anymore for some legal reason. I asked an autozone employee over the phone where I can get a code scan and he said pepboys and sure enough they scanned it for me.
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One of the main reasons for many auto parts stores to stop scanning vehicles was due to some lawsuit. Stores would scan a vehicle, sell parts to the customer (whether they were needed or not), parts wouldn't fix the problem, electrical parts were unreturnable etc.

Another reason was codes were being cleared before state inspections. That pissed off the states and EPA. That last part was also a big reason OBDII is the way it is.
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So the stupid fucking liability claimed another victim. Why is the legal system so hellbent on protecting stupidity? We (the whole 'first world') need to punish it or end up as Asia's bitch.

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