On Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 10:55:42 AM UTC-5, trader_4 wrote:
What if you used the reader and then not reset the code...was it the same result, or was the reset the cause? I'm assuming with the code set, it was in a "fail-safe" or "by-pass" mode...resetting set things as normal, which they weren't.
On Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 1:59:36 PM UTC-4, bob_villa wrote:
That would have been an interesting test, but too late for it now.
AFAIK, it wasn't in a fail-safe or bypass mode. The code was for the
catalytic converter not operating at correct efficiency. AFAIK,
it takes something more than that for the car to give up and go into a
fail-safe mode, but I guess it's a possibility, that with the check
engine light on, some other unknown load gets disabled. But can't
do the suggested test now, it's fixed.
On Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 8:16:40 PM UTC-4, philo wrote:
Obviously you're jumping to conclusions that are unsupported. It's
impossible that a small hand held code reader could draw enough power
to "flatten" even a poor battery in just a couple of minutes. A battery
that could start the same car fine 10 times the same day. It's almost
certain that it's some other effect that's responsible, other than the
small current drain from the code reader. Just because the car won't
start after using the code reader to reset the codes doesn't mean that
the current draw from the reader was responsible. How could a device
that doesn't even get warm, draw enough power to drain down a battery
in just a couple mins?
I could be wrong of course.
That said, if the battery has enough power to start the car once...it
will of course immediately get charged again.
If you took the ignition wire off and could crank it several times then
the battery of course should not have been drained by the code reader
On Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 8:48:21 PM UTC-4, Dean Hoffman wrote:
Not sure of your point. The jump starting was done, I think, with
the code reader no longer attached. But even if it was, so what?
The additional battery supplies a lot more power to overcome whatever
is going on.
On Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 12:15:19 PM UTC-4, Dean Hoffman wrote:
If Stormy was still around he'd chastise you for apologizing on the internet.
You're supposed to argue your point even if you don't know what you meant.
How dare you acknowledge your own shortcomings in public? Shame on you!
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