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Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader

Part No. CP9550 Warranty  
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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OBD-II (On-Board Diagnostics):Yes
CAN (Controller-Area Network) Compliant:Yes
Reads Diagnostic Trouble Codes:Yes
Displays Emissions Status:Yes
Displays Oxygen Monitor Test:No
Review Data Offline:No
Updatable:No

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ActronPocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader
 
4.4

(based on 75 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (70)
  • Compact (67)
  • Good value (58)
  • Good instructions / manual (46)
  • Time saver (39)

Cons

  • Instructions not helpful (8)

Best Uses

  • Home (57)
  • 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 (22), 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 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everybody needs one of these!

By SK

from Annapolis, MD

About Me Casual Driver

Verified Buyer
Helpful Reviewer

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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    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    OBD II Code Reader

    By Cottontail

    from Nashville

    About Me Auto Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer
    Level 1

    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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    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Buy it

    By Dave

    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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      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good tool at an affordable price,

      By Rusty Gold

      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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        (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        It does what it says it does.

        By Devo14

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Auto Enthusiast

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        Level 2

        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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          (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Works with BMW and Mercedes. No issues.

          By Collin

          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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            (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Helpful Diagnostic Tool

            By Likncmpctrx

            from Daphne, AL

            About Me Casual Driver

            Verified Buyer
            Level 2

            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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              (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Simple, easy to use,works as described

              By Barry

              from Lawrenceville, Ga

              About Me Auto Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer
              Helpful Reviewer

              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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                (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                pleased with purchase

                By jride

                from bangor,me

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

                Verified Buyer
                Helpful Reviewer

                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:

                  this works great, for the money it cant be beat

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                  (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Compact scanner

                  By Mark the skiier

                  from Niskayuna, NY

                  About Me Casual Driver

                  Verified Buyer
                  Helpful Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Instructions
                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Value
                  • Handy
                  • Idiot Proof
                  • Quick
                  • Reliable
                  • Useful

                  Cons

                  • Almost Too Small

                  Best Uses

                  • Automotive Repair Shop
                  • Emissions Check
                  • Minor Repairs
                  • Pass Inspection Test
                  • Regular Maintenance

                  Comments about Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader:

                  Great little reader. Easy to use. I keep it in the car all the time.

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                  • Q:

                    willit work for a2001 cheve silvarado v6
                    Asked on 9/29/2014 by pep from naqtiionaql city

                    1 answer

                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                      A:

                      Hi Pep, I'm glad to assist you! This part should work fine on your vehicle as it is recommended for use with OBD II compliant vehicles made in 1996 or later; code reader is CAN compliant.

                      Answered on 9/30/2014 by Solomon
                  • Q:

                    WHERE is your list of which vehicles this unit is compatible with - or which ones that it is NOT.

                    After wading through 100+ questions about that same subject I did not find the answer regarding the numerous vehicles that I work on.
                    Asked on 9/19/2014 by Gem from Atlanta, GA

                    1 answer

                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                      A:

                      Hi Gem, good question! The part #CP9550 is compatible with any 1996 and newer vehicle sold for use in the U.S. All of which are required to be OBD II compliant.

                      Answered on 9/22/2014 by Solomon
                  • Q:

                    wthis work for an 01 tiburon?
                    Asked on 9/13/2014 by jim from 32174

                    1 answer

                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                      A:

                      Hi Jim, happy to assist you! This part should work fine on your vehicle as it is recommended for use with OBD II compliant vehicles made in 1996 or later; code reader is CAN compliant.

                      Answered on 9/14/2014 by Solomon
                  • Q:

                    Will it read and reset airbag codes and dashboard light on a 2004 Infiniti FX35?
                    Asked on 9/6/2014 by Mike from Decatur, AL

                    1 answer

                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                      A:

                      Hi Mike, glad to serve you! 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: 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. For more information visit this manual link. URL - http://www.actron.com/publish/2010/09/27/pdf_english_16361.pdf

                      Answered on 9/8/2014 by Steve from AAP
                  • Q:

                    Will this scanner work on a 2013 Tacoma? and also will it tell me ahead of time if I will pass an emissions test?
                    Asked on 9/1/2014 by Jeff from Sheboygan, WI

                    1 answer

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                      A:

                      Hi Jeff, happy to help you! This part should work fine on your 2013 Toyota Tacoma as it is recommended for use with OBD II compliant vehicles made in 1996 or later; code reader is CAN compliant. 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: 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.

                      Answered on 9/2/2014 by Steve from AAP
                  • Q:

                    Will this product rest the ABS warning light on a 2005 Suzuki XL-7
                    Asked on 8/3/2014 by Gary from Spencer,MA

                    1 answer

                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                      A:

                      Hi Gary, glad to assist you! The tool will only read and clear engine codes on any vehicle. Actron does not make a tool in any of our model lines to read or clear codes on your Suzuki, you would need an OEM Suzuki tool to access this proprietary system.

                      Answered on 8/4/2014 by Vincent from AAP
                  • Q:

                    will this work on 2006 toyota tundra and 2012 chevy
                    Asked on 6/7/2014 by none from las vegas nv

                    1 answer

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                      A:

                      Hi None, happy to help! This part should work fine on your 2006 Toyota Tundra and 2012 Chevrolet vehicles as it is recommended for use with OBD II compliant vehicles made in 1996 or later; code reader is CAN compliant.

                      Answered on 6/8/2014 by Steve from AAP
                  • Q:

                    which scanner reads and explains the codes as well ?
                    Asked on 11/27/2013 by chaz from philadelphia, pa

                    1 answer

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                      A:

                      I'm happy to help Chaz! This Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader automatically reads Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC) when connected to the diagnostic connector. The tool will erase DTCs, read and erase pending DTCs, Freeze Frame data, VIN info and performs the important task of (I/M) Inspection maintenance-readiness testing by displaying the I/M readiness monitor status. Great for use before and after repairs are made. I have forwarded the owner's manual of this scanner to your email address.

                      Answered on 11/27/2013 by Max from AAP
                  • Q:

                    will this product work with ford v10 engines,such as in a motorhome.
                    Asked on 11/24/2013 by Bill from Miami fl.

                    1 answer

                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                      A:

                      I'm glad to be of assistance Bill! This Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader is recommended for use with OBD II compliant vehicles made in 1996 or later. In order to assist you further with this part, please provide the year of your vehicle.

                      Answered on 11/25/2013 by Max from AAP
                  • Q:

                    Will it work on Toyota 2004 rav 4?
                    Asked on 10/23/2013 by Chuck from Lyman S C

                    1 answer

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                      A:

                      Hi Chuck, the Actron Pocket Scan Plus OBD II Code Reader (Part No. CP9550) would work fine on your 2004 Toyota RAV4 as it is recommended for use with OBD II compliant vehicles made in 1996 or later; code reader is CAN compliant.

                      Answered on 10/23/2013 by Steve from AAP
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