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Well prime day pushed me over the edge.
I bought the Launch X431 Pro Mini Bi-Directional code reader.


Looking forward to all the additional diagnostic tools I will have access to through this, as well as the features like key fob programing, or relearn procedures I used to have to go to the dealer for before.

I'll post back an update after using it for a while to see if it was worth the money.
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How much did they offer it for on Prime day ?
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How much did they offer it for on Prime day ?
Got it for $629. I think it was 20% off...so about $60 lower than if you bought it today with that coupon. Wasnt a killer deal, but enough to make me pull the trigger.

So far I have used it to troubleshoot an evap code on my wifes suv. Found out the purge valve isn't working by commanding it to different percentages and seeing that the vacuum wasn't changing at all. Looked up the air bag code from my impala, and read the abs codes from my truck. I will be attempting to program a key for my wifes suv here shortly too. So far I love it. There is so much stuff that it does. I feel like I've barely scratched the surface.
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Got it for $629. I think it was 20% off...so about $60 lower than if you bought it today with that coupon. Wasnt a killer deal, but enough to make me pull the trigger.

So far I have used it to troubleshoot an evap code on my wifes suv. Found out the purge valve isn't working by commanding it to different percentages and seeing that the vacuum wasn't changing at all. Looked up the air bag code from my impala, and read the abs codes from my truck. I will be attempting to program a key for my wifes suv here shortly too. So far I love it. There is so much stuff that it does. I feel like I've barely scratched the surface.
That could be the fuel tank pressure sensor as well.
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Sounds like it's a good diagnostic tool. Good to have known working options to the GM hardware and GDS software
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10mm socket recovered !

Sometimes, those lost 10mm sockets turn up

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Had to go buy a Torx E-12 socket today (female Torx socket). I am installed an under-the-seat subwoofer in my Challenger and of course, they have to use these oddball bolts to secure the seat... At first I used a 12-point 3/8" socket, but I then wasn't paying enough attention and somewhat stripped the 2nd one - which is why I had to go buy the real thing - the E-12 socket. I was eventually about to get the somewhat-stripped bolt out with the E-12 socket. But what a PITA... Why can't they just use regular bolts???

Oh, at least I now have a female Torx socket that I'll probably never use for anything else every again. :-) Lesson learned - buy the right tool for the job instead of trying to use something that is "close". :-)
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Had to go buy a Torx E-12 socket today (female Torx socket). I am installed an under-the-seat subwoofer in my Challenger and of course, they have to use these oddball bolts to secure the seat... At first I used a 12-point 3/8" socket, but I then wasn't paying enough attention and somewhat stripped the 2nd one - which is why I had to go buy the real thing - the E-12 socket. I was eventually about to get the somewhat-stripped bolt out with the E-12 socket. But what a PITA... Why can't they just use regular bolts???
I think there are a couple advantages. On the assembly line, some things are done one-handed, so the worker is holding a tool - eg, air wrench - which has a socket on it, with the fastener inside that. I think a torx-headed fastener may be easier to keep perched in the socket without falling out more readily than a normal hex bolt, which in turn allows the assembly worker to reach into some recessed, hard-to-reach spot and run the screw in without needing to have his other hand on the screw to keep it in position.

The other advantage is that, for its diameter, I think the torx head can take more torque. So the fastener's head can be a bit smaller making it easier to fit it into tight spots.


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Oh, at least I now have a female Torx socket that I'll probably never use for anything else every again. :-) Lesson learned - buy the right tool for the job instead of trying to use something that is "close". :-)
I think these may be the new trend. (Keep in mind, 100 years ago, somebody made the same comment about his first Philip's screw driver ) My 2 Cruzes have a bunch of female torx fasteners. So hang on to that E-12 - you're gonna need it again

BTW, my Father's Day / birthday trick worked - I got that 13-pc set of female torx sockets whose pic I had texted to my wife/kids

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Damn it, Doug - there you go applying logic to things again!! :-) Of course, your explanations make complete sense... :-)

Funny story.... So I look everywhere on-line to try and find this female Torx socket, which I assumed was an E-10 since it had a "10" clearly stamped on the head. My local AutoZone didn't have any, Walmart didn't have any and Lowes didn't have any (at least according to their web sites). So I find one at an Advanced Auto about 25 minutes away. I get in my car, get to the store and couldn't find it. I asked the people that work there and it wasn't even in their system. So I say, OK - I'll just order it online for pick-up in "30 minutes" - I'll *make* them find it! I order it online from my phone while in the store and when I get the confirmation email, I realized that I was at *AutoZone* instead of the Advance Auto a half mile up the street that I was *supposed* to go to! <sigh> - don't I look like an idiot!!!

It gets even worse...

So I leave AutoZone and go a half mile up the street to Advance Auto, where I've now ordered it on-line for in-store pickup. They fine the E-10 socket and give it to me. As I'm walking to my car, I remembered that I brought the bolt with me, so I "test" fit it and sure enough, the socket (E-10) is too small. I go back into Advance Auto and the guy says "it's probably and E-14" - give me an E-14 and it fits, but as she's exachanging it in the computer, I realized that while it does fit, it's a little loose. So I ask to check an E-12 and sure enough - it fits perfectly. SO then the poor lady had to exchange it yet *again*!

Man - sure was a lot of work getting that little socket.

To make matter even worse, while looking for the "E-10" at the original Auto Zone, I found a 9-piece female Torx bit set for $22 (the single was $5). My cheap ass puts the set back to go get the $5 single bit at the right store.

Long story short - I should have just bought the damn 9 piece set at Auto Zone and called it a day!!!!!
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Picked up this foot tire pump (Silme 20061A Big Foot Pump) for $20 good for 100psi.
I had a little 12 volt pump for the last decade but died , this little pump is well made





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WTF lol
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Dropped a plug socket once , it never hit the ground , never found it
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WTF lol
To be clear - I stole that from Facebook. I assure you, I would never admit to having that happen to myself

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Does the box count?

It'd been ~10 years since I picked up my last box (new job, wanted to look snazy!).

And since... well... that's happened a FEW times over the ~40 years I've been twisting wrenches... my tools were scattered over about 6 roller cabs. It was annoying. And an excuse.
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