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What kind of scanner

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by zjm, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. zjm

    zjm Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    Just wondering what kind of OBD II scanner people are using to erase codes on their dodge diesles.
  2. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Don't forget they were not OBD2 compliant until 1997. Even then, most codes are lacking compared to the factory system. My father bought a computer based dongle and program for OBD2- works pretty good. I'll get the name, can;t remember it now. Let's you track and monitor real time, screen capture stuff, and has database of the code descriptions (in English not techie) built in. It was like $100 on eBay.
  3. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    Disconnect your batteries' ground terminals for 30minutes and turn the ignition to on to finish draining the capacitors on board. That should do a reset of all but hard codes, and hard codes will go away after about 40-50 start stop cycles if you have fixed the problem that triggered the code.
  4. Holland

    Holland Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Last edited: Jan 26, 2011
  5. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    I just use my Edge programmer. It pulls them and clears them if ya want.
  6. MrPLow2011

    MrPLow2011 Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 276

    Smarty jr + I get 100hp
  7. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    How hard is that on your tranny?
  8. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    If its pullin 100hp it has to be doing 200+torque...not good on the trans. I roll into my edge on 4 and sometimes I play on 5 but it seems to go into limp on 5 if I roll into it too hard.
  9. zjm

    zjm Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    Thanks for the replies, I think I'll get a cheap actron or something. Pep Boy's carries a few
  10. 1995droptopz

    1995droptopz Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    I bought a harbor freight one for around $120, but it has a lot of features including graphing, data capture, and the simple data read/erase. They make them with less features for less money, but I do a lot so I wanted the features.

    Or you can go to Autozone and they will read it for free
  11. MrPLow2011

    MrPLow2011 Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 276

    Ehh mine has never slipped. They say the trannys can hold up to 400hp. It by far is the best comtroller for the Dodge. I have own the edge and Bully Dog and Quadzilla. If you are looking for some nice power and fuel economy i would buy the 65hp Quadzila box. That was great all around. But the smarty really made the truck wake up. it shigts at different points and will bury the speedo real quick ont he highway. As with any controller. its your right foot the regulates how long your tranny will last. DTR sells them at a decent price. Dont buy one of ebay they have no warranty
  12. Mopard

    Mopard Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    Smarty Jr here also for codes.
    The Jr was designed to be safe for stock trucks. It does not change tranny shift points and should not cause your tranny to slip ... unless it's already hurting.
  13. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Smarty POD. 170 hp and it reads and resets codes.
  14. CGM Inc.

    CGM Inc. PlowSite Veteran
    from Ontario
    Messages: 3,589

    it's torque hat kills transmissions not HP! espcially on a diesel!
  15. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Actually, it's the idiot driving the truck that kills it. A 48RE can take a lot of extra power, applied in a reasonable manner.
  16. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Correct, a 48re can handle some real power when applied, not just in a reasonable manner by the driver, but by the system designed. The problem with the Dodge transmissions behind the diesels is that they are a 727 based gasoline transmission design. Gas engines make power at higher RPM than diesel and the engineers failed to compensate properly for those characteristics. There was not enough line pressure or flow for the power available at the RPM from the Cummins in the most basic scenario. Higher number transmissions added hard parts to help- the 48re has an extra gear in the planetary (4 instead of 3) and a stronger sprag clutch, (among other things) but the function is the same- the pump is poorly chosen for the application. A 47re/rh can be made into a 48RE/RH by a knowledgeable shop - and that;s usually part of the process from the most notable up fitting tranny shops.
    Stock, drive gently and you'll be ok for the most part with a stock engine even with full GVWR.