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Old 12-15-2012, 07:14 AM
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Obd Ii Reader

Can we use a regular Automotive Code scanner with our marine engines or are those different? I got a flyer from, yes Harbor Freight, they have a basic one on sale for $40.00. I'm wondering if that would work for my 1998 5.7 Chevy Vortec EFI engine.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:49 PM
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No it won't. Your boat uses MEFI, but I can't remember what generation. Needless to say, an automotive code reader won't work. Use the search function on here, there are several threads discussing it.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:00 PM
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Gotta ask.....What is MEFI. I don't have much success with the search function either. Could you enlighten me? Or at least point me in the right direction?
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:54 PM
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Gotta ask.....What is MEFI. I don't have much success with the search function either. Could you enlighten me? Or at least point me in the right direction?
Marine EFI (Marine Electronic Fuel Injection).
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:45 PM
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Should have known... Thanks
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:41 PM
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Should have known... Thanks

Sometimes the obvious is just too close to see it.

Let us know if you find something that works.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:55 PM
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This is what the mfgs use

http://www.rinda.com/marine/marine.htm
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:19 PM
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There are two scanners I saw on line. I'm on my way out of the house at the moment. Maybe someone will chime in and find the thread I'm thinking of. One of them was a bit pricey (big bucks) the other was doable ( I believe around $30.00+ or so). At any rate my question was answered...Can't use the automotive scanner.
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:21 PM
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This is what the mfgs use

http://www.rinda.com/marine/marine.htm
Yikes... pricey stuff there. Too bad a generic OBD scanner can't work for us.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:31 PM
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I have heard of the gm tech 1 & tech 2 being able to communicate with some mefi but I don't know which ones, but they still go for $$$ used...
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