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  1. Christopher Maxwell

    Christopher Maxwell Member

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    What diagnostic /code reader would you recommend? I've seen a few cheaper ones on amazon and ebay but what would be the better one out of them.

    I can not get the pedal trick to work (53 Vectra C Estate) so having a tool that reads the errors and even erases them would be absolutely awesome!
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    andyl Well-Known Member

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  3. Christopher Maxwell

    Christopher Maxwell Member

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    Cheers, A couple of people so far have pointed me in the direction of that one ;) I'll try and source the cheapest one!
  4. Dave "Russian" Gledhill

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    hi, according to the pedal trick i am getting a 0600 code, any ideas please?
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    Fire26662 There can be only one.

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    Didnt think you could get 0600 on an old system like this. I would get it rechecked
  6. Dave "Russian" Gledhill

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    will check again, think in law has got a simple code reader so will put it on next time i go up, thanks for reply
  7. DrewKrewUK

    DrewKrewUK Electronics Technician

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    Generic code readers don't always work correctly on Zafira A's Dave. I found this out with hands on experience. I tried a brand name CLARKE EOBDII CODE READER on my 2002 Zafira A Z18XE and it completely failed to read any codes despite appearing to read the car and operate correctly it stated "no codes stored". When I read the vehicle with Op-com there were several.
    It's to do with the communication protocol, as Zafira 'A's are not full CANBUS standard and use KWP2000 so bare in mind if trying to use a standard generic code reader.
  8. Dave "Russian" Gledhill

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    looked again its 0300 misfire unidentified, and 1614 wrong security code, this was done with pedal trick, car feels fine plenty of pull for 1.6 and no probs with immobilizer, so hoping they been fixed but not cleared
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  9. Dave "Russian" Gledhill

    Dave "Russian" Gledhill Member

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    where do find what engine type is? had it on a code reader today can't remember which 1 (fish like a memory, lol) and it came up with KWP and some numbers (again forgot) but it said no codes and I/M 1, but the pedal trick says 0300 & 1614.

    had an incident last night where car was idleing ok and cruising, but when i accelerated felt lumpy, hit n miss not smooth, had the flashing spanner when accel was used, first thought was misfire comeback but ruled that out cos of idle being ok so don't know whats up. went 20 miles down motorway yesterday afternoon and all was fine getting to 80/90 mph with no probs ;), been out in car this morning and all seems fine again? :unsure:
  10. DrewKrewUK

    DrewKrewUK Electronics Technician

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    KWP2000 it would have said. It's a type of protocol used for reading the Zaffy as they aren't the newer CAN communication spec. Your engine type: what size engine, eg 1.8 PETROL - 2002 would most likely be Z18XE. And say a 1.6 PETROL - 2003 would almost certainly be Z16XE, so we can tell by the age and engine size what would be the likely candidate of engine. Officially I'm not sure how to find out whether it's stamped anywhere or not. Guessing, I'd say Z16XE but would need to check to be sure for you.
    Hmm, if you have £22 spare buy an Opcom diagnostic interface from ebay. If you intend on owning a Vauxhall then they are worth there weight in gold. For instance, right now that Opcom could give you detailed fault codes, allow you to look at live data coming from the car while it's running so you can see if anything is failing or getting a bit tired (sensors for instance) and you could even record data while driving along, then upload it for people to look at and identify what's happening. You can select certain things to monitor if you suspect just a single sensor or two. It can tell you so much and eliminate a lot of the guess work.
    Most of the time certain things jump out at you, for instance MAF sensor or O2 sensor, are easily identified as you can see by their readings if they are functioning as expected or not so you would know you need to replace one for definite without gambling your money on random parts.
    At £22 they are amazingly cheap and give you (almost) full dealership level diagnostics and programming. Without one it literally is good ol fashion guess work all the time.

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