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    Posted: 17-Dec-2009 at 08:37
Hi folks,

I am looking for an easy way to read any fault codes and clear them from my W8. I have the serial OBDII cable, but my laptop with a serial port died and my newer laptop only has USB. I was therefore looking at this type of thing on eBay:

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I don't really want to have to spend that much money, but by the same token, that's how much VW charge me to read the codes.

What does everyone else use to do this?
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  Quote squish Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-Dec-2009 at 09:45
In the states there are auto parts stores that read codes free of charge using tools much like that one.
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there are serial to usb adapters that work well
what if the hokey pokey really is what it is all about
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  Quote gods_dad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Dec-2009 at 13:53
I managed to use my work laptop (Which is old enough to have a serial port) and the Ross Tech shareware to read the codes. It worked fine and I ahve found the codes. Just need to work on fixing it now!
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  Quote SirRangeALot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Dec-2009 at 15:00
Originally posted by jennbugbuttercup

there are serial to usb adapters that work well


Interesting...I'll have to look into that.
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  Quote jennbugbuttercup Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Dec-2009 at 21:16
what codes did you get?
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  Quote gods_dad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Dec-2009 at 17:51
16589/P0205 - Injector: Cylinder 5 (N83): Circuit Malfunction - Intermittent
16684/P0300 - Random/Multiple Cylinder Misfire Detected
16689/P0305 - Cylinder 5 Misfire Detected

I changed the plugs today and the coil pack on CYL 5 and all seems to be well. The missfire did not happen on the 5 mile drive to my house from my lockup, so I am hopeful it's sorted.

The plugs that were in the car looked like the originals and looked fairly tired.

I need to clear the codes and the CEL and keep my fingers crossed. The only added complication is that my work laptop (Which has a serial port) died on Friday so I have ordered a USB VAGCOM cable and will try to clear the codes when that arrives.
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