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Old 12-07-2014, 09:28 AM   #1
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will the BMW 1.4.0 scanner read all trouble codes clear them once repaired? I know I have a vacuum leak and also the have the light tri-fecta going on( i need to pin down whats wrong if its a ABS sensor or something else)
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Old 12-07-2014, 09:42 AM   #2
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will the BMW 1.4.0 scanner read all trouble codes clear them once repaired? I know I have a vacuum leak and also the have the light tri-fecta going on( i need to pin down whats wrong if its a ABS sensor or something else)
Yes, BUT also be aware that trouble codes for engine/drivability issues will clear on their own after the problem has not been detected for some time.

For engine drivability issue I really do not suggest BMW Scanner 1.4.0 for many reasons. Far better off with a smart phone/tablet App and interface for $30 or less.

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Old 12-12-2014, 02:44 PM   #3
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Yes, BUT also be aware that trouble codes for engine/drivability issues will clear on their own after the problem has not been detected for some time.

For engine drivability issue I really do not suggest BMW Scanner 1.4.0 for many reasons. Far better off with a smart phone/tablet App and interface for $30 or less.

Suggest you read the first 2 links below in my signature as well as my comments in this thread about "BMW 20 Questions" - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1059972

jfoj, do you have PA Soft installed and use it?
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:02 PM   #4
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jfoj, do you have PA Soft installed and use it?
Yes, I have PA Soft/BMW scanner 1.4.0 stand along interface and a multi platform interface that supports both 1.4.0 and 2.01 and 2.02 and plenty of other generic and specialized software and multiple OBDII tools to include a Snap On Solus Ultra with full European support.

I find PA Soft/BMW Scanner totally useless for drivability problems.

The majority of cars I have tried to use PA Soft with do not support the Live Date and even if they did, the problem is ALL the German references are backwards. When a DTC has Rich in the definition, it really means the engine is running lean.

Kind of like saying the room is not warm enough and you are cold. Same thing, but stated differently.

If there is ANY problem that causes the SES/CEL/MIL to come on, a generic OBDII WILL read both generic and "manufacturer specific" codes that follow the ODBII format.

I almost always start with my $60 Launch CReaderVI or my smart phone and an ELM327 interface.

I have as much money tied up in OBDII tools and other software than most have spent to buy their cars in the first place.
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Old 12-13-2014, 03:17 PM   #5
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Gotcha. That's a lot of money o.O I'm looking to use PA Soft to code a few features but not really to diagnose the car. I still haven't purchased a $30-60 generic OBD scanner since I'm never with the car long enough to do any diagnosing and repairs.

About PA Soft though, I bought a Windows XP laptop to run the program and I'm still getting Error with IKE and EWS showing up on the screen. Do you think you could help me to set it up?
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Old 12-13-2014, 04:25 PM   #6
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Here is the best option from a money and usefulness standpoint.

PA Soft/BMW Scanner 1.4.0 for $30 is well worth if for all the other things it can do, ABS, Air Bags, coding and so forth.

Then get an OBDII smart phone App and interface for between $20-$30 and you have all bases covered.

The problem with PA Soft/BMW Scanner 1.4.0 it is has limited support for live DME data, it is on a laptop so it is very cumbersome in the car if you want to drive with it, it cannot log/record data and it does not provide Emission Readiness Monitors status as I recall.

Tell me what smart phone and/or tablets you run and I can tell you the best OBDII smart phone App(s) and interface.

The thing is GET THESE BEFORE you need them.

What ALWAYS happens is people do not get the tools, do not set them up and do not know how to use them, then they have an issue and they are in panic mode.

So for under $60 you will have the best capabilities and you can leave the OBDII smart phone interface in the car so it will always be with you for when you need it for your car or a friend or families car.

Just remember, like anything there is a learning curve, so plan ahead.
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Hidden OBC Menu - Check Voltage, Temps, Fuel Level - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=239619

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Old 12-13-2014, 09:28 PM   #7
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The mobile operating system I would be using is Apple iOS.
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Old 12-14-2014, 04:35 AM   #8
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The mobile operating system I would be using is Apple iOS.
OBDFusion App for the iPhone and this OBDII to Wifi interface - http://www.amazon.com/ieGeek%C2%AE-W...ds=elm327+wifi

http://www.amazon.com/iSaddle-Scanne...+scanner+1.4.0

Might as well order these 2 together for free shipping on the BMW scanner.
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Old 12-14-2014, 03:30 PM   #9
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I'm a little reluctant on the scanner with PA Soft. I went through two already and had no luck on them. I'm also basing it on what the reviews said for it
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Old 12-14-2014, 06:57 PM   #10
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I'm a little reluctant on the scanner with PA Soft. I went through two already and had no luck on them. I'm also basing it on what the reviews said for it
I have 2 of them, no issues.

Amazon has a good return policy otherwise purchase a multi vehicle stand alone tool, but it will be close to $250 give or take with ABS and SRS support.

You could look at the BMWhat App and interface as well for your smart phone, I have not played with it but search here as a few folks have purchased and used it.
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Old 12-14-2014, 07:06 PM   #11
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Gotcha. That's a lot of money o.O I'm looking to use PA Soft to code a few features but not really to diagnose the car. I still haven't purchased a $30-60 generic OBD scanner since I'm never with the car long enough to do any diagnosing and repairs.

About PA Soft though, I bought a Windows XP laptop to run the program and I'm still getting Error with IKE and EWS showing up on the screen. Do you think you could help me to set it up?
Never with the car long enough? What does that mean?

You are there long enough to code things, but not long enough to figure out what the problems are? That's nonsensical to thinking men and women.
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Old 12-15-2014, 01:00 PM   #12
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Never with the car long enough? What does that mean?

You are there long enough to code things, but not long enough to figure out what the problems are? That's nonsensical to thinking men and women.

I'm never at home, where I have the car. I haven't coded anything either because I could never get the program to work
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Old 12-20-2014, 06:33 PM   #13
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Okay so I actually got the scanner to work on my XP computer! After all this time It's finally working
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