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Is there a code scanner setup that will read SRS (airbag) codes. as well as all the rest of the diag codes on the G8.

Will the new HP tuners setup do that? I haven't tried yet because someone is borrowing my MPVI

I have an airbag fault and I need to scan it before I take it to a dealer - or anyone for that matter - because I want to know what it's saying.


I think the scantool MX setup with their additional software will do the trick but I wondered if anyone on here knew for sure?
 

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All I've gotten so far, is some very sore eyes. I don't think (as of yet, or ever for that mater) is there going to be a reasonably priced consumer scanner/reader available to buy, that can read/describe an clear *B* classified faults.



Added thoughts---- I have owned the INNOVA 3150 since 2009. Literature (that I have read so far) says that it *will* read SRS codes as well as the P- C an U codes. Never having had a SRS fault, I can't tell you for sure that it will actually do that however. Maybe by checking around on the computer, you can verify this one way or the other.
 

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I'm getting very little.

scantool.net customer help e-mail says there kit with windows software and addons equal to about 320 dollars will read and clear SRS codes on all GM cars. I'm about to pull the trigger and try it as that would be cheaper than the AUTEL 619 I'm considering.

the innova's are more expensive but I looked at that. However turns out I just met a guy locally that has a newer innova and he's going to see if it will read and we might be trying it out next week.

if I does I'll post details.

Hp tuners wouldn't even answer my e-mail. or rather it's been 2 days and I've not heard from them.
 

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Some auto parts stores will read codes for you for free. Not sure if the readers they use will work for srs codes, but it might not hurt to call and ask.
 

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If you have an Android phone or tablet, there's an app that will read specialized fault codes. The app is called Car Gauge Pro. I use it with an OBDLink MX Bluetooth dongle. It also works with MOST of the cheaper ELM327 Bluetooth dongles. The interface looks like it was designed by a 2nd grader, but it works.

I haven't used it to read the *B* Body codes (airbag faults included), although they are listed under recognizable GM fault codes. It did work successfully on my buddy's Silverado for the *C* Chassis fault codes when he was getting a "Service 4WD" message.
 

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Yeah I like that dongle if I buy one. I don't feel that comfortable using the 8 dollar knock offs on something that carry data into the car computers. and by directional.

if it was read only maybe.

good to know. I thought torque pro might work too. seems like it might.

worst case would be to use their software on my windows PC - which will be another 200 dollars.
 

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If you have an Android phone or tablet, there's an app that will read specialized fault codes. The app is called Car Gauge Pro. I use it with an OBDLink MX Bluetooth dongle. It also works with MOST of the cheaper ELM327 Bluetooth dongles. The interface looks like it was designed by a 2nd grader, but it works.

I haven't used it to read the *B* Body codes (airbag faults included), although they are listed under recognizable GM fault codes. It did work successfully on my buddy's Silverado for the *C* Chassis fault codes when he was getting a "Service 4WD" message.
Have you had any success scanning ABS codes on your G8? I purchased the app tonight and was unable to get it to connect to anything but 'generic' ecu's. None of the GM modules would connect or scan. Kept getting timeout error. Did you have to download anything specific to get it to connect to your various modules?
 

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I didn't have to download anything else other than the paid version of the app. If you purchased the paid version of the app (I couldn't get the free version to read specialized codes), it may be the Bluetooth dongle you are using. What dongle are you using? I had a cheap $20 dongle that wouldn't work with the app. I then purchased the OBDLink MX dongle and the app worked perfectly. It's more expensive but worth it IMO if you use frequently. Once connected in the app and selecting GM codes, I usually scan for all codes. It will bring up all powertrain/body/chassis codes together. I used it one my buddies 2006 GMC Sierra yesterday. Here are some screenshots I took. Let me know if you have any other questions. The app interface isn't the best and can be confusing, but no other app in that price range can read specialized codes.
 

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Yea, could very well be the dongle. It's an ELM327 that I got years ago, but it works like a charm with Torque on a number of vehicles. I'll see if I can find a better dongle to try out.
 

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Need help reading SRS codes so I can try to fix this myself. Is the Car Guage Pro still the cheapest one to use? My old Autoenginuity unit doesn't read them and I don't think my Superchips unit will read these codes?
 

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Go straight to Amazon or Ebay and get the Tech 2 for 300 bucks,just got mine, as good as the dealers, never look back on any code on any system plus it resets and calibrates
 

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Go straight to Amazon or Ebay and get the Tech 2 for 300 bucks,just got mine, as good as the dealers, never look back on any code on any system plus it resets and calibrates
Those are Chinese clones that are known to fail. They also tend to write at the same slow speed as a true Tech 2.

Using Tech2Win allows for faster read and write speeds, no need for the bulky Tech 2 and the necessary CANdi module [or MDI 2], and purchasing various cards for different vehicles. The cards are 32 MB files that are loaded into Tech2Win and are selected upon startup, depending on the files you have.

The VXDIAG VCX NANO does all of this at a third of the price.

A lot of bulky hardware:
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Chinese clone:

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GM MDI:
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GM MDI 2:
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Tech2Win is all in software. All of the different PCMCIA cards (there are more than what's listed below) can be chosen in the configurator before launching Tech2Win:
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So far the china tech 2 has been great for a month ! not any difference i can tell after working as a GM Electronics/ Drivability Specialist for 40 yrs. Personally i would like the mdi better. did not realize the price, How Much is it ?
 

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So far the china tech 2 has been great for a month ! not any difference i can tell after working as a GM Electronics/ Drivability Specialist for 40 yrs. Personally i would like the mdi better. did not realize the price, How Much is it ?
See post #11 above ($119.95 + 5% coupon).
 

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I'm going to fire up my old Auto Enginuity unit. The box says is can read P,U, C and B codes. B and U are the SRS that pop up.
 

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U codes are communication errors among module/s usually set by low voltage or weak battery. those should be cleared and monitored after clearing. if they pop back up it will be in an instant.
 

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No luck. Hooked it up and couldn't read them. Emailed Authenginuity and they said it would require software and hardware upgrades plus buying GM enhanced for $229. Way too much for me to spend.
 

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No luck. Hooked it up and couldn't read them. Emailed Authenginuity and they said it would require software and hardware upgrades plus buying GM enhanced for $229. Way too much for me to spend.
See my posts above and never look back.
 
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