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Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader

Part No. CP9550 Warranty Details  
The Pocket Scan Plus automatically reads Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC) when connected to the diagnostic connector. The tool will erase DTCs, read and erase pending DTCs and display freeze frame data and the vehicle VIN number.

Product Features:
  • Recommended for use with OBD II compliant vehicles made in 1996 or later; code reader is CAN compliant
  • Large LCD screen displays Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs)
  • Reads and erases DTCs; turns off check engine light; monitors status and I/M readiness to determine whether the vehicle is ready for an emissions test
  • Displays a freeze frame data snapshot of vehicle's operating conditions at time of fault
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CAN Compliant:Yes
Displays Emission Data:Yes
Review Data Offline:No

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ActronPocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader
 
4.4

(based on 77 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (72)
  • Compact (68)
  • Good value (59)
  • Good instructions / manual (47)
  • Time saver (41)

Cons

  • Instructions not helpful (8)

Best Uses

  • Home (59)
  • Minor repairs (40)
  • Regular maintenance (31)
  • Automotive repair shop (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Auto enthusiast (13), Casual driver (13), Mechanic (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Auto enthusiast (24), Casual driver (23), Mechanic (7), Competitive driver (4), Truck enthusiast (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great basic tool for codes

Does the job and can pay for itself by avoiding garage fees. You'll have to look up the codes' meanings on a computer, though.

I had a staggered idle on my...Read complete review

Does the job and can pay for itself by avoiding garage fees. You'll have to look up the codes' meanings on a computer, though.

I had a staggered idle on my Ford Escape whicj eventually led to my 'check engine' light turning on. By using this to grab the codes and looking them up, I managed to save at least $100.00 in garage labor. The code pointed to the EGR, and with further searching on the 'net, I found that cleaning it was all that was needed, saving $50.00+ for a replacement part.

After the repair was made, it was simple to use the scanner to turn off the 'check engine' light, and a test drive confirmed that I had got the problem fixed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not worth it.

I bought this code reader based on prior good experiences with older Actron OBD 2 Code Readers and Scanners. Big mistake on my part for allowing that to influence my purchase decision. It will...Read complete review

I bought this code reader based on prior good experiences with older Actron OBD 2 Code Readers and Scanners. Big mistake on my part for allowing that to influence my purchase decision. It will not read the codes on our 1999 VW New Beetle like the older ones did. It will just stay in the reading mode and will go no further, even after 10-15 minutes it will not get past the reading phase, even after multiple tries. We had to use the loaner Code Scanner to find out what the problem was, which just so happened to be an older model Actron, go figure.It works perfectly fine with our 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis, though. So it should not be labeled and marketed as "Works with ALL 1996 and up vehicles", it should read "MOST 96 and up vehicles". Do yourself a favor and spend the extra bucks and get the better one if you have a foreign vehicle. You will thank me later. Don't waste your time and money like I did. If I could have given it a half star or less rating, I would have.

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4.0

Useful tool

By 

from Daphne, AL

3 or more reviews submitted

Pros

  • Clear Instructions
  • Easy To Use
  • Time Saver

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home

    Comments about Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader:

    I've been using this product for four years or so now to diagnose an '04 Frontier, '03 Forester, and an '07 Sport Trac. Always pointed me to the problem to be fixed. Codes agree with Chiltons\Haynes manuals. I keep it with me when I'm on the road, it's compact size lends itself well to travel, never know when you'll need it. I paid around $80 for it with tax, it seems high to me for the simple reason that it probably costs all of six dollars to get out of the factory. It seems that these days, my time is worth more when I am paying for it than when someone else is. Having said this, I will admit that it has saved me time in diagnostics, and this is an improvement versus the 80's and 90's when you had to really be a sleuth to troubleshoot a problem. All in all, I think anyone who can turn a wrench should have one, but, shop around for the lowest price.

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    4.0

    i would buy again

    By 

    from st ann, mo

    About Me Casual Driver

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Value
    • Time Saver

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader:

      great not to have to run to store if check engine light is on don't have to hook up then look up on computer what codes mean they are right at there at your fingertips

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      (9 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Everybody needs one of these!

      By 

      from Annapolis, MD

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      Pros

      • Clear Instructions
      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Time Saver

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Minor Repairs
        • Regular Maintenance

        Comments about Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader:

        Being a woman and having a check engine light on can be very stressful. I don't like being at the mercy of some unscrupulous auto mechanics... and they are out there! This product lets ME know, up front, what's going on with my car, and saves me the time and extra $$ of having someone else do a reading for me. The purchase price I paid is basically the same as I would pay for one visit to the mechanic for diagnostics! I have recommended it to anyone who will listen.

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        (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        OBD II Code Reader

        By 

        from Nashville

        About Me Auto Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer
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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Instructions Not Helpful

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Minor Repairs

        Comments about Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader:

        The issue I had is that it read a code that ended up not being the issue. It read a CPS error, when in reality it was an ignition timing error in the distributor that contributed to the CPS error code. Apparently the CPS is part of a long string of electronics that chained together. Once "link" in that chani goes bad, it reads a CPS error. I changed the CPS (twice - with an aftermarket, then a genuine MOPAR part) and still had to tow the vehicle to a repair shop. This little code reader will come in handy for most simple codes, but nothing too complex or anything that could need to be "chased."

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        (7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Buy it

        By 

        from 21540

        About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver, Competitive Driver, Mechanic, Truck Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Clear Instructions
        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Value
        • Reliable
        • Time Saver

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Automotive Repair Shop
          • Home
          • Minor Repairs
          • Regular Maintenance

          Comments about Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader:

          Use code trt41 its 40 dollars off 100 just spend 10 more dollars and your total comes down to around 60 dollars . Product is great if you are like me and always thinks about buying one trust me it's well worth the money it saves me so much guessing time I love it

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          (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good tool at an affordable price,

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          from Pittsburgh PA

          About Me Auto Enthusiast

          3 or more reviews submitted

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Value

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Minor Repairs
            • Regular Maintenance

            Comments about Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader:

            Good tool at a good price. Pays for itself by saving garage fees.

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            (8 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            It does what it says it does.

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            from Pittsburgh, PA

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            3 or more reviews submitted

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Good Value

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Minor Repairs

              Comments about Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader:

              Works like a charm. Check engine light came on a few days ago and of course the first thought is one of impending doom. Ended up just being a dirty mass air flow sensor. An $8 bottle of MAF sensor cleaner should do the trick. Without this scanner I probably would've taken it to the dealer and been charged for diagnostics and they probably would've recommended replacing the MAF sensor. Definitely more than paid for itself already. Like others have said if you're a professional mechanic or someone who does all the work on their own car a more sophisticated scanner would probably be better. But if you want something that is easy to use and effective. This is the scanner for you.

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              (10 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Works with BMW and Mercedes. No issues.

              By 

              from Maryland

              About Me Auto Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Clear Instructions
              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Value
              • Reliable
              • Time Saver

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Automotive Repair Shop
                • Minor Repairs
                • Regular Maintenance

                Comments about Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader:

                I would always go to Advance to get codes read by using their nicest reader but I decided getting this reader since it's a little cheaper but not the bottom of the line $40 one. I was worried that it may not work with my european vehicles since I read the $40 doesn't always. But to my surprise it worked perfectly with my 96 BMW and 98 Mercedes. Easy to use and helps with constant codes on 90's european vehicles. Used the discount code to save $10 and will get a $25 off $50 spent.

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                (6 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Helpful Diagnostic Tool

                By 

                from Daphne, AL

                About Me Casual Driver

                Verified Buyer
                3 or more reviews submitted

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Hazard Potential
                • Instructions Not Helpful

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader:

                  Product is compact, portable, and easy to use. Trouble code descriptions are compatible with yet more comprehensively described than those in my aftermarket repair manuals for a 2004 Frontier and a 2003 Forester. Price is a bit steep, but I bought online with discounts and bonuses so that reduced the payout discomfort. The module's attached cable came with a lable from the state of California stating, to wit, that there is lead in the cable and you should wash your hands after handling it. Makes me wonder what other cables I routinely handle are hazardous and unlabeled.

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                  (9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Simple, easy to use,works as described

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                  from Lawrenceville, Ga

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                  Verified Buyer
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                  Pros

                  • Clear Instructions
                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Value
                  • Reliable
                  • Time Saver

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Minor Repairs

                    Comments about Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader:

                    This item is easy to use and is very helpful in diagnosing & finding minor issues with OBDII systems. It's an item that should be in any enthusists or home mechanics tool box. A person that makes his living as a mechanic would be better served with a more sophisticated code scanner.

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                    • Q:

                      Will this scanner work on a 2001 Jaguar XJ8?
                      Asked on 8/21/2016 by Jagger from Ft Lauderdale, FL

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        Yes, Jagger! This Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader - Part No. CP9550 should work fine on your 2001 Jaguar XJ8 as it is compatible with ALL 1996 and newer import and domestic vehicles (OBD II & CAN), as well as '94 and '95 OBD II compliant vehicles.

                        Answered on 8/23/2016 by Solomon from AAP
                    • Q:

                      works for a chevrolet hhr 2007?
                      Asked on 4/5/2016 by Richie from Houston, Tx

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        Yes, Richie, this Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader (Part No. CP9550) will work fine on your 20047 Chevrolet HHR as it is compatible with ALL 1996 and newer import and domestic vehicles (OBD II & CAN), as well as '94 and '95 OBD II compliant vehicles.

                        Answered on 4/6/2016 by Steve from AAP
                    • Q:

                      Will this work on a 2008 Mini Cooper, and reset ABS and AirBag faults?
                      Asked on 1/24/2016 by Big H from Murphy NC

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                        A:

                        No, Big H, this Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader (Part No. CP9550) does not have the ABS and AirBag faults reset feature for your 2008 Mini Cooper.

                        Answered on 1/25/2016 by Steve from AAP
                    • Q:

                      will it work on a 1993 mazda miata
                      Asked on 8/18/2015 by bobtt

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        Sorry, Bobtt. This Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader (Part No. CP9550) is not an ideal part for your 1993 Mazda Miata. It is recommended for use with OBD II compliant vehicles made in 1996 or later.

                        Answered on 8/19/2015 by Solomon
                    • Q:

                      is there any in stock in the harrisburg pa area stores where i can go pick 1 up
                      Asked on 7/24/2015 by Rich from halifax Pa

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        Hi Rich, glad to serve you! I The Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader (Part No. CP9550) is available in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania are Advance Auotparts stores. Please note that prices and stocks of the items can vary from zone to zone as our prices and stocks are zonal based. Once you enter your Zip Code into the Advance Auto Part's website you will see the accurate stock with nearest store details and price for the CP9550.

                        Answered on 7/24/2015 by Steve from AAP
                    • Q:

                      will it work for a 04 pontiac grand prix 3.8 liter supercharged
                      Asked on 7/23/2015 by Rich from halifax Pa

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        Hi Rich, I'm happy to answer you! The Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader - Part No. CP9550 will work fine on a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix as it is recommended for use with OBD II compliant vehicles made in 1996 or later; code reader is CAN compliant.

                        Answered on 7/24/2015 by Solomon
                    • Q:

                      it will work pathfinder 2005?
                      Asked on 6/5/2015 by eemmaa

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        Yes, Eemmaa, the Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader (Part No. CP9550) will work fine on your 2005 Nissan Pathfinder as it is recommended for use with OBD II compliant vehicles made in 1996 or later; code reader is CAN compliant.

                        Answered on 6/5/2015 by Steve from AAP
                    • Q:

                      Will this unit read airbag codes for a 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis? I know you can't reset airbag codes more than likely. I just need to know which seat it is the seat belt pretensioner has died again. Code 33. Will this unit tell you that? Thanks!
                      Asked on 5/19/2015 by MRJ

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        I'm happy to help, MRJ! This Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader (Part No. CP9550) does not include SRS (airbag) code reading. Autel OBD2 ABS & SRS Tool (Part No. AL619) is able to read and clear OBDII, ABS and SRS codes on your 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis 4.6L V8. From my research, 3-3 should indicate that it's the passenger side that has failed - the actual fault is "Passenger Side Air Bag Circuit High Resistance or Open."

                        You can view the instructions for the Autel OBD2 ABS & SRS Tool here: http://www.autel.us/pdf/al619.pdf

                        Answered on 5/19/2015 by Heath, ASE Parts Specialist from AAP
                    • Q:

                      Will it scan for ABS sensors on 2006 F 250 Super Duty
                      Asked on 5/15/2015 by Troy from Golden Meadow, LA

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        No Troy, this Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader - Part No. CP9550 does not read the ABS codes.

                        Answered on 5/15/2015 by Solomon
                    • Q:

                      Is there anything major this can't do that your CP 9575 can do? Does this still do an oxygen monitor test and just doesn't display it?
                      Asked on 5/6/2015 by Scott

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                        A:

                        Happy to assist you Scott! The CP9550 will read and clear codes and you can see the monitor status for emissions testing as well as some freeze frame date. The CP9575 can do everything the CP9550 do, on top of that it can display live real time data from various sensors of the vehicle, VIN CVD and Cal ID, and CE certification. Both can check for oxygen sensor readiness.

                        Answered on 5/6/2015 by Panda from AAP
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