Posted by Tomes on January 26, 2009, 11:49 pm
I am unfamiliar with this device, but it appears to be a PERSONAL OBD II
SCAN TOOL (and an expensive one at $50).
scroll down to the bottom of the page [another web site says that it costs
It ought to read codes and display them. Plug it into the port [near your
left knee while sitting in the driver seat] and have it read the codes and
then report them here for help in that way. The codes will look something
like P0442 or somesuch.
"Steve Giannoni" ...
Posted by Steve Giannoni on January 28, 2009, 4:12 pm
Toyota service had the car and found the crankcase overfilled with oil
and fouling the plugs and some other stuff. This must have happened
during the last regular service by a different service facility. Don't
know why it just decided to cause problems recently but seems to be
much better since corrected.
If it ever stops snowing I might get a chance to eventually try the
PST500 for info but all error codes might be cleared now ...
Posted by Tomes on January 28, 2009, 10:23 pm
Hmmm. This is still not making sense to me. Overfull oil does not foul
plugs AFAIK. What that does is destroy an engine because the oil will be at
the level in the oil pan where it gets churned up by the bottom of the oil
pump into a froth that does not lubricate as well. I am thinking that you
are being told stories.
Read the codes. Post the codes. Do not be afraid of the code reader. It
is your friend, not a scary thing. Use it. Post the codes here. Always do
this before going to any shop. Preknowledge is vital and a big cost saver.
You already have the tool.
None of this connects together to the engine running more often. I remain
in belief that you are being led around blindly.
Now, they likely cleared the codes. Generally the malady that trips the
codes needs to happen a number of times before the light comes on.
You can use the code reader when it is snowing. You can plug it in and sit
in the driver seat with the door closed quite easily.
"Steve Giannoni" ...
Posted by Steve Giannoni on January 29, 2009, 12:53 am
I essentially agree with your assessment, but the car does seem to run
OK now after new plugs et al. Have to re-educate myself on the PST500
and will post any codes if & when I get around to trying it.
Appreciate your thoughts & comments ...
Posted by Tomes on January 31, 2009, 12:12 am
Cool. Good luck and let us know how things go.