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vehicle diagnostics? i need to be able to read and wipe fault codes and turn off lights?

i am looking into starting my own business and am stuck on one thing. Vehicle diagnostics is the problem. I have done vehicle diagnostics for hgv in my past job but on a car im not too sure. Where do i start, i understand i need software for my pc, and the relevant cables for the cars. is there anything i can purchase for reading fault codes on ALL cars, or at least the majority. i dont mean the cheap tacky versions either, eg the £20 ebay rubbish. Also is this how you would turn off lights on cars, eg airbag light needs turning off. hope somebody can help

Asked By: - 11/28/2012
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You will need a scanner but most of all you need to go to college and take the advanced electronics class before you get involved in this, not only do you need the basic understanding of the codes you need to know how to understand how they work with engine management systems. One scanner won't test all cars and some... More
Answered By: Avid - 11/28/2012
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You need a proffessional unit. Those freely available cannot reset airbags etc. Why not ask a garage technician and possibly enrol on course at a college?
Answered By: hornchurchmale - 11/28/2012
 
You need a scan tool with all the hook ups for imports and domestic vehicles. Snap on, Matco, OTC, any of the major companies has their own version. Get ready to spend $2,000 on up! Then there are some models (Nissan and Infiniti come to mind) that you really need to buy a factory scan tool such as the consult II for... More
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Answered By: thebax2006 - 11/28/2012
 
Most code readers that you can buy cheaply will not be able to read airbag codes etc, only engine codes. In fact for most vehicles you will need make specific software with access to their servers, which most manufacturers keep to themselves (for obvious reasons... More
Answered By: Mike Grant - 11/28/2012
 
Any of the better pro code readers can do this, but you do realise you have to fix the fault first, right? Just turning the lights off does no-one any good...
Answered By: EvelynThe ModifiedDog. - 11/28/2012
 
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