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Username Post: anyone know if SDS repair computer is worth it?        (Topic#363208)
VanLife 
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11-08-20 11:51 AM - Post#2807270    

I was looking at autozone at one. think it was $599

it allowed you to diagnose and pinpoint problems to fix and replace in park and in neutral.

What I am wondering is if it is worth it if it is not allowed to make adjustments. without manufacture repair diagnostic data that only dealer has access too. And consumer and small repair shops don't.

It is about the "right to repair"

I am NOT OK with the astronomical repair tag they gouge you with because they are the only ones allowed to touch your vehicles computers.

Also I am not ok with the fact, due to it being a completely closed ecosystem business model your at their complete mercy. THEY DICTATE to you how long you can have your vehicle.

example dealers will no longer carry parts for my van. They can do the exact same thing for the diagnostic data. refuse to do any of it after so many years. MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE to properly fix your vehicle. And as more and more computers are added this becomes harder to find a work around.

when asking Questions its related to van I own: 1987 GMC 3/4 ton G2500 vandura, V6, No AC, standard length. 3speed trans(no overdrive).


 
TAT_2 
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11-14-20 08:59 AM - Post#2807681    
    In response to VanLife

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VanLife 
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11-19-20 03:31 PM - Post#2808113    
    In response to TAT_2

has anyone outside of a dealer repair shop even used an SDS repair computer on their vehicle and what has been your experience with it?

when asking Questions its related to van I own: 1987 GMC 3/4 ton G2500 vandura, V6, No AC, standard length. 3speed trans(no overdrive).


 
65_Impala 
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11-21-20 06:57 AM - Post#2808221    
    In response to VanLife

I think you mean a scanner, and that is a rip off for your van. You can get the same data with your PC with a donation supported program and an adapter cable built with $5 of parts from Ebay. Tunerpro is the software. ALDLcables has a cable. You can also try a USB to logic level serial adapter, just connect the ground to the ALDL port ground and RX pin to the ALDL data pin. Look for something with the FTDL or FT232R IC.

As for the rest of your post, I'm not sure what you mean. There is TONS and TONS and TONS of aftermarket support for the old GM EFI stuff, from diagnostics to wiring harnesses to ECM/PCM hacking and re-programming. You can do anything you want with most of the OBDI GM EFI stuff without ever involving a dealer. The same applies to a lot of the ODBII stuff as well. You're only limited to using a dealer if you're stupid enough to purposely limit yourself to using the dealer.



 
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