Tuesday’s Tips: Purchase a Diagnostic Check Engine Auto Scanner

I drive a 2003 Nissan Xterra that has almost 200,000 miles on it. With age and use, more little odds and ends need some TLC. I recently had my car inspected – spark plugs were replaced and my check engine light went out. It had been on for several months. I was doing the happy dance…for about 16 hours.The next morning, it flashed back on.

When I saw my dad the next weekend, I mentioned it to him. He went to his shop – where everything necessary to fix anything with resides. He came back with a check engine scanner. Within minutes, we knew what was wrong with my truck and we were able to fix it very simply (some new hoses). I decided I needed one of these in my arsenal and bought the one that I have linked to below. No more dreading that little light popping up. I can simply plug this in and it will give me codes to help me determine what is wrong with my truck. Then I can use YouTube to figure out how to fix it and save myself a bucket of money! I highly recommend adding this to your tool box if you have a vehicle from 1996 or later.

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