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Old 09-27-2021, 03:42 PM   #1
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OBD tool to clear check engine light?

My RV is on a 2019 F53 chassis, I'd like to be able to clear a check engine light while I work on my catalytic systems problems. I know next to nothing about this kind of stuff... other than it can be done and it may require separate h/w and s/w components?

Anyone have a recommended set of tools? Simpler and cheaper the better.
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Old 09-27-2021, 04:13 PM   #2
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UltraGauge OBDII Scan tool & Information Center

I use an UltraGauge on mine.

I'm curious what codes you are seeing and also what you are doing with the catalytic converter.
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Old 09-27-2021, 04:15 PM   #3
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Bryan:
I assume you know what's causing the check engine light to come on.
If not, some of the parts stores will check it for you for free.

If it's something you can ignore (mine comes on intermittently but I know what it is
and doesn't need fixing) you can try just disconnecting the negative post on your
battery for a few minutes. Sometimes that will re-set the light.

If you're not sure what's causing it, I'd get it looked at by a trusted mechanic first.
Sorry, I don't have any recommendations for an OBD reader.

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I use my old scan gauge.
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My RV is on a 2019 F53 chassis, I'd like to be able to clear a check engine light while I work on my catalytic systems problems. I know next to nothing about this kind of stuff... other than it can be done and it may require separate h/w and s/w components?

Anyone have a recommended set of tools? Simpler and cheaper the better.
There are multiple OBDII scan tools out there. From $20 that just clears codes or makes engine lights blink to count the code, to multi thousand dollar ones that the pros use.

I have one I bought from Harbor Freight for about $70. I would not be without one.

No I'm shopping for the equivalent for a diesel.
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Go into any auto parts store and grab a basic repair book for 2019 ford f350.. it will have same eng and trans.. and give you basic sensor repair and trouble codes.. if you plan to keep it... you should have your own scanner.. members here post.. they leave it plugged in.. to monitor trans temp and fuel pressure.. you are going to need one.. also even if book or scanner does not say f53.. they will work and book will get you 99% there..
Ford puts same eng and trans in f53 as f350 pickup... so you have a ford f350 pickup bolted to big frame with house on it.. same ford light duty truck eng and trans.. so.. grab a book.. and scanner...
Good luck and let us know what you did and maybe better members then me will help you
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Old 09-27-2021, 04:53 PM   #7
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For tools used is better.. so hit auctions they go cheap there.. yard sales, or traders mall.. or hit your favorite store.. just start basic.. socket set 1/2in.. and hand tools.. chances are you will not work on tires or major stuff.. get at least 2 oil filter wrenches.. and hit that book... good luck and keep us posted.. oh you are going to need electric tester.. get that at same place you get books and scanner
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A great way to read codes, change certain values, and record live data is Forscan. You can download it free at www.forscan.org. Their page shows how to select an OBDII adapter. I bought my adapter for less than $30 from Amazon. It works as well as most $1000 scan tools.
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$12+ suit ya? Use w/ Smartphone? https://www.amazon.com/s?k=obd-2
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$12+ suit ya? Use w/ Smartphone? https://www.amazon.com/s?k=obd-2
Thx. Your link goes to a search list. Iíve searched Amazon and seen many of these. But Iím looking for recommendations. Have you used the $12 one?
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A great way to read codes, change certain values, and record live data is Forscan. You can download it free at www.forscan.org. Their page shows how to select an OBDII adapter. I bought my adapter for less than $30 from Amazon. It works as well as most $1000 scan tools.
Thanks for the recommendation.
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UltraGauge OBDII Scan tool & Information Center

I use an UltraGauge on mine.

I'm curious what codes you are seeing and also what you are doing with the catalytic converter.
Thanks for the recommendation. I have a P0420 Catalyst Efficiency Below Threshold Bank 1 fault. Itís happened once before and it went away after I reset the O2 sensor. Iím trying to figure out whatís causing the fault and I donít want to have to wait for it to reset.
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you can try just disconnecting the negative post on your battery for a few minutes. Sometimes that will re-set the light.
Nice. Iíll try that.
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I bought one for reseting codes for my daughter's car and showed her jow to do it. Very basic. I bought it on Amazon for about $20.
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