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Old 01-24-2014, 01:06 PM   #1
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ACTRON Scanner (autozone type - be careful)

I have the Peak Scan tool which has worked well for everything I needed. I even have the PA soft working and was impressed with that as well. I needed something for my truck so I bought this Actron 9580A from Autozone. I got it at a ridiculous price, it was on sale, then there was a percentage code off plus free shipping, It was almost 50% by the time I got it.



I decided to try it on my BMW since it had live data and a couple other features and I wanted to see what else it could do. To say the least, I was impressed at what this thing does for the cost and it gives detailed info along with common fixes to trouble codes.

However, I don't recommend it for use on the BMW unless you make a small modification to it. The following is not the same tool but is the only picture I could find showing the OBDII connection.



As you can see, on the end of the OBDII connector there is a bar that goes across the notch. It no doubtedly helps to keep the plug attached to the port under the dash. However on my car at least, the OBDII port in the dash has a plastic pin that should slide down the slot. On my other scanners, this bar is not present, on one there is only a slot and no bar and on another there is no bar, however the slotted area is raised.

The modification would be to remove the bar on the Actron scanner to allow the pin to slide through the slot.

I plugged this in and heard a click. I tried to remove the cable and it would not release. The pin on the port connection was in the hole of the plug connection. Once connected you can not see the pin in the hole. I tried for like forty minutes to remove the plug with no go. It took me removing the under panel, and releasing the OBDII from the panel. I was afraid I was either going to damage the port or break the panel. Even with that remove you still could not see why it was stuck. After fooling with it a little while longer, using some flat head screw drivers to carefully pry the port apart while wiggling the cord adaptor was I finally able to remove the tool.

Had I known this would have happen I would not have tried it without doing this first.

Just wanted to post this for others to learn from.
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:36 PM   #2
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As you can see, on the end of the OBDII connector there is a bar that goes across the notch.
I can't really see what you are talking about from the image you posted. But your description is good enough. Excellent heads-up, thanks. But you can't be the only member of this forum that has one of these, and nobody else has spoken up about it yet.

How much did you end up paying for the thing if you don't mind my asking?
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:54 PM   #3
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I actually did notice that the Actron scanner was damned near impossible to unplug once plugged in. It took a fair amount of muscle to get it to pop...I haven't inspected it more closely to determine the reason yet, though. I guess now I know what to look for!
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Old 01-24-2014, 02:05 PM   #4
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OP I know exactly what you are talking about. I have the actron U-scan which communicates via Bluetooth to my iPhone on an app. The plug is basically the same thing except for the fact that it doesn't have the cord attached to it. The first time I used it I was pulling a code on my 05 745li and I plugged this into the obd port under the dash. I experienced the same thing you did but found that you just have to give it a good pull and it will come out. The port is more solid than you would think and it will disconnect itself without damaging anything. After the first few times of using it I found that it began to be easier and easier to pull it out after use. Now it comes out of my cars without any issues.

On a side note the Actron U-scan that I have is great for pulling codes and reading real time data. The app that works specifically with the unit is great and very easy to use after you run thru it a couple times. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good obd II scanner. Another nice thing about it is because it operates Bluetooth there are no wires running under the dash, so you can check the real time data and freeze frame while you're driving without having wires hanging by your feet.


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Old 01-24-2014, 07:54 PM   #5
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I can't really see what you are talking about from the image you posted. But your description is good enough. Excellent heads-up, thanks. But you can't be the only member of this forum that has one of these, and nobody else has spoken up about it yet.

How much did you end up paying for the thing if you don't mind my asking?
I want to say the original price was $259. They had it for $199, then if you ordered it via internet it was $149, plus a 15% off so it was like $127 then free shipping. I also had like $40 in bonus dollars for spending money in the store (their shoppers card) but I couldn't find a place to use it online.

If bout in the store it would have been 199-40(bonus dollars) so 150. Did the internet thing because was not in a hurry and used the 40 in store on a battery for my truck.
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Old 05-13-2015, 10:36 PM   #6
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I just purchased an Actron CP9185 that got stuck on the OBDII plug of my 2004 M3. I had to release the OBDII plug from below the dash and eventually freed the scanner connector. I removed the leading bar on the connector that the OBDII plug was getting stuck on, as suggested above. The Actron connector now has an open slot that fits over the OBDII plug guide and can be removed freely. I had the same issue when I used it on my 2007 Toyota Tacoma, but now no longer.

Actron responded to my issue/complaint by saying that "BMW and Toyota apparently used sub-standard OBDII plugs and that caused the binding", rather than addressing the connector design issue.

I appreciate the previous post, but wish I had read it before using this scanner in particular. The Peake Research scanner never had this issue with my BMW's, but can only read BMW codes.
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Old 05-13-2015, 10:41 PM   #7
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Why would anyone buy a scanner like this when you have wifi and bluetooth adaptors, OBDFusion/TouchScan, PA Soft, INPA?

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Old 05-13-2015, 10:45 PM   #8
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My ultra gauge hooks in as well. Just need to rip it out
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:02 PM   #9
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My scanner used to get stuck in, I just broke the little clip off so it doesn't anymore. I accidentally left it plugged in one day and it drained my battery over 3 days and I had to jump my car.
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