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For the 94 model year LH bodies with the Mark Teves IV ABS system, is it only the DRBII scanner that can be used to retreive the codes? Or does OBDI work.

Secondly are there any software applications along with a specific wire that can be used to turn a laptop into a diagnostic tool?

Finally as far as bleeding the Mark Teves IV ABS system, is it only the DRBII that can do it?

I find it highway robbery at $100 per scan at the mechanic. I know the scanners cost a lot, but that is highway robbery as well considering they use fairly simplistic software that requires little by the way of processing power. It could easily be performed by a Laptop or PDA computer with the right adaptor and software. Maybe $100.00 for the software and $20-$50 max for the adaptor. But, I guess the dealers like the fact that they can make their money off reading codes to diagnose before doing any actual repairs.
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For the 94 model year LH bodies with the Mark Teves IV ABS system, is it only the DRBII scanner that can be used to retreive the codes? Or does OBDI work.

Secondly are there any software applications along with a specific wire that can be used to turn a laptop into a diagnostic tool?

Finally as far as bleeding the Mark Teves IV ABS system, is it only the DRBII that can do it?

I find it highway robbery at $100 per scan at the mechanic. I know the scanners cost a lot, but that is highway robbery as well considering they use fairly simplistic software that requires little by the way of processing power. It could easily be performed by a Laptop or PDA computer with the right adaptor and software. Maybe $100.00 for the software and $20-$50 max for the adaptor. But, I guess the dealers like the fact that they can make their money off reading codes to diagnose before doing any actual repairs.
The OBDII should be able to get the codes as well as the DRBIII; as far as bleeding, you'd need the DRBIII the OBDII cannot do any resets or bleeding of the brakes.

I understand your concern on pricing, but the DRBIII scanner is close to 10.000$ with all the peripherals the dealer has to buy from Chrysler, and each software disk is over 100$.
They charge the same labour rate using that as they do for mechanical work.
It all has to be paid for somehow.
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The OBDII should be able to get the codes as well as the DRBIII; as far as bleeding, you'd need the DRBIII the OBDII cannot do any resets or bleeding of the brakes.

I understand your concern on pricing, but the DRBIII scanner is close to 10.000$ with all the peripherals the dealer has to buy from Chrysler, and each software disk is over 100$.
They charge the same labour rate using that as they do for mechanical work.
It all has to be paid for somehow.
No I know, but the price of the equipment is ridiculous... The programs are rather simple and unarchaic. The hardware is nothing special because it could all be accomplished by a laptop with the correct software and the right wire. I know people have done this for OBDII systems and they got it working for a pretty good price (including myslef). But, Chrysler seems to keep their programs locked and sealed away.

Anyways, I have a 94, so it would have to be DRBII or OBDI I would imagine...

I have a feeling it is the module, and I can get a working on (2 month warranty) from a junk yard for $50 and my mechanic said he could install and bleed it for around 2 hours labour. It's just I want to figure out what is wrong first and I don't like the idea of paying $100 for one read out. Ughhh, I wish the car was OBD II cause I already have the setup on my laptop. OBDI or DRBII pc software packages and adaptors just don't seem to exist.
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