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Old 06-30-2019, 05:01 AM   #1
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Workhorse UFO Diagnostic odb2 vs Meritor Wabco Toolkit

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When I had my 2004 F53 I could easily diagnose issues with a Scangauge, on my UFO the Scangauge does not read any codes ever.

I have only found 1 shop in Michigan that has the Meritor Wabco toolkit cable and software.

We plan to keep the coach at least another 7 years (hopefully 10 or more), is it worth my while purchasing the Meritor Wabco toolkit?

From my recollection it can diagnose more.than brake issues.

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I found an old thread where I asked a similar question.

I would need GM Tech 2 odb2 scanner and a Meritor Wabco cable and software.
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Hi,

When I had my 2004 F53 I could easily diagnose issues with a Scangauge, on my UFO the Scangauge does not read any codes ever.

I have only found 1 shop in Michigan that has the Meritor Wabco toolkit cable and software.

We plan to keep the coach at least another 7 years (hopefully 10 or more), is it worth my while purchasing the Meritor Wabco toolkit?

From my recollection it can diagnose more.than brake issues.

Thanks,
Does your Scangauge have a 'Generic' setting on it? You could try that.
I use my Snap On scanner by lying to it and programming it for a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 with an 8.1 engine.
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I like the GM Tech 2 odb2 scanner ($300 ebay), it works with the engine and transmission. Toolbox only works with the brakes (Software $300, Hardware $700).
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Hi Lynn,

I will get that with the Scangauge.

Hi Oldskool,

Did you purchase the brakes diagnostic kit?
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Yes, I Toolbox kit for the UFO. This is my right up when I used it to change my HTU brake system. I Removed/installed a NEW HCU (UFO/R26)
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Old 11-12-2019, 03:19 PM   #7
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Is it really true that the GM Tech 2 odb2 scanner will diagnose engine and transmission on our workhorse UFO's?
If so I shall get one. I am having so many issues.
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I have never used one. I know Old Skool has one.
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We need to find out from somebody if this scanner does it all ? [Except the brakes. We know Wabco Toolbox is for brakes]

I have been having so many issues lately, as I have posted over the last week or so.
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Just did some research:

Tech 2 Pro Optima. Authentic GM software provides the most comprehensive diagnostic software for late model GM vehicles. The Tech 2 also supports onboard diagnostics and full bi-directional control when performing powertrain, chassis and body diagnostics.

So would this not be a Great tool for our UFO's with
the GM Vortec 8.1

It could help us with lots of issues?
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Did you contact Cummins like I recommended in your other thread? They worked out as the best shop for me.
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If you type what you are looking for in the search tab, it will search IRV2


Here you go, Kevin did a review on using the Tech II, the UFO has the same engine 8.1 as a the W series so it will work on your UFO

Video: Here it is The Best Scan Gauge for 8.1 Vortec and Workhorse Chassis
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Did you contact Cummins like I recommended in your other thread? They worked out as the best shop for me.
No I did not. Working on fixing Problems myself. I have spent so many $ on shops doing diagnostics with little results.
On 21 Nov. taking coach in for rear brake pads and rotors. They also have Wabco Toolbox software...
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If you type what you are looking for in the search tab, it will search IRV2


Here you go, Kevin did a review on using the Tech II, the UFO has the same engine 8.1 as a the W series so it will work on your UFO

Video: Here it is The Best Scan Gauge for 8.1 Vortec and Workhorse Chassis
I just watched the video. This is most certainly the best diagnostic tool for us UFO owners. It would pay for itself. I recently had a Allison service centre diagnose my tranny. It cost me $250 for them to tell me the tranny was good!
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