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    OBDII scanners for diesel engines

    I've come across a few cheap scanners, but often they state "Not for Diesel engines".

    I wondered why? And if there are any specific types I should be looking for for my VW Golf Diesel?

    Ideally something that can give me a diagnostic readout, and reset warnings.
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    There are plenty of cheap OBDII scanners on the market. They aren't specific for petrol or diesel. They do give false results.

    There is only one DIY scanner VAG-COM\VCDS but they aren't cheap.

    Don't consider one of the cheap Chinese cloned cables of fleabay they are a Banned subjects
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    OK -I must confess that I know nothing about this area at all.
    I see various cheap cable to plug into Pcs - are these the banned subjects?? Why banned? The software?
    How do the cables differ from the handheld boxes I also see for sale quite cheap? I had assumed that they used the same cable, just switching a Pc and software for a small box with likely more limited software on it.
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    The cheap Chinese cloned cables of fleabay are banned as I've said read the Banned subjects link.
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    I have - I'm no wiser.
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    1) Only legally obtained and registered copies of VCDS can be discussed, not under any circumstances is there to be any talk of illegal cracked or cloned versions.
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    I didn't even mention an illegal copy of any software - I don't even know what you're referring to.
    You said Chinese cables were banned?

    I have 2 conflicting pieces of advice.
    I have been told I should buy a scanner since I'm doing my own services.
    You tell me that they're too expensive and any other discussion is banned.

    Not helpful!
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    What further confuses me is YOUR OWN post Keith! Appearing to offer free software for diagnosis!

    Also VCDS-Lite is a free download and does not require registration for non-commercial use. Ross-Tech suggest ti will work with most 3rd party cables.

    Reading around, the copyright issue arises when dealing with cables that include "CAN" -there's a whole minefield of abbreviations and jargon in this area that is above my head, but from what i can glean, certain functions will be ONLY operable with a CAN rated cable - and there appear to be different versions of these too.
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    Quite a few people have commented to me that Carista has been good value for money considering the VCDS dongles are now getting quite expensive.
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    Vile Invention

    Dark was that day when Diesel conceived his grim engine that begot you, vile invention, more vicious, more criminal than the camera even, metallic monstrosity, bale and bane of our culture, chief woe of our Commonweal. How dare the Law prohibit hashish and heroin yet license your use, who inflate all weak inferior egos? Their addicts only do harm to their own lives: you poison the lungs of the innocent, your din dithers the peaceful, and on choked roads hundreds must daily die by chance-medley. Nimble technicians, surely you should hang your heads in shame. Your wit works mighty wonders, has landed men on the Moon, replaced brains by computers, and can smithy a "smart" bomb. It is a crying scandal that you cannot take the time or be bothered to build us, what sanity knows we need, an odorless and noiseless staid little electric brougham.

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