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#592 of 637 Re: Fee to read code [kiawah]
Oct 15, 2009 (7:32 am)
#593 of 637 Re: Fee to read code [mendyusa]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 15, 2009 (7:36 am)
Someday. Right now, the OBD thingie is a bit wanting. When the code says "02 sensor", that doesn't mean replace your 02 sensor. But it's a start in the search for the cure.
OBD is better than nothing, but as my dear departed Dad used to say (he was a field engineer for Packard) "a diagnostic machine is only as good as the man running it".
#594 of 637 Re: Fee to read code [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 15, 2009 (7:43 am)
Couldn't agree more with your dad. But man getting charged $80 to read a code that just frosts my hinie.
#595 of 637 Re: Fee to read code [mendyusa]
Oct 15, 2009 (9:03 am)
Complimentary code readings could be to the dealer as free Notary Public service is to a bank.
#596 of 637 Re: Fee to read code [mendyusa]
Oct 15, 2009 (10:25 am)
Your dealership's labor rate must be around $320/hr. Can't take more than 15 minutes to pull a code. That's even if they didn't know where to connect the OBDII.
#597 of 637 Re: Fee to read code [obyone]
Oct 15, 2009 (10:30 am)
I think the charge is also related to recovering the cost of the system they use for getting the codes. I'm pretty sure the dealer is not using a $40 generic code reader from autozone or wherever.
#598 of 637 P0220 - Throttle/Petal Position Sensor/Switch B Circuit Malfunction
Oct 15, 2009 (1:39 pm)
Here is the code I get on my 98 Olds Silhouette...
P0220 - Throttle/Petal Position Sensor/Switch B Circuit Malfunction
I am able to research the code online....
but have no idea what the repair will be ???
Is this just a part that can be replaced? more difficult to diagnose ?
Clearly making repairs on an 11 year old van is something I want to know about BEFORE I agree to the repairs.
#599 of 637 Re: P0220 - Throttle/Petal Position Sensor/Switch B Circuit Malfunction [CapeCod]
Oct 15, 2009 (2:47 pm)
You need to replace your TPS. Not hard or difficult to do. Not too sure on locating the part but between Checkers, O'Reillys and Napa, one of them should have it.
#600 of 637 Re: Fee to read code [mendyusa]
Oct 19, 2009 (5:25 pm)
The $80 is to find the problem (diagnostics)... which includes reading the code.
Sucks though as you pointed out. I went to Autozone to have codes read on my 99 Buick. Came back as Mass airflow problem. When I went into dealership to have it replaced they strongly suggested the "$89 disagnostics fee", saying if they just replaced the MAF sensor without the diagnostics, they couldn't guarantee that would fix the problem. Well, it did fix the problem. Also stated my fuel pump pressure was low and recommended replacing it. That was about 3 years ago and fuel pump hasn't been a problem.