Reprogramming seat sensor cost

JP

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Yes dealer is a much more expensive route

I called a few places and this is the price I got in my area

Dealer cost for calibration: $220
Go-to mechanic cost for calibration: $75

Honestly I am so confused of what OBD2 scanner I should get I keep visiting sites like https://obd2scannerguide.com/ but not sure if it will be compatible with my auto

Nick makes an excellent point; there's a HUGE difference between a scan tool and a code reader. Many times the term "scanner" is used, which is confusing. Does "scanner" mean "bidirectional scan tool", which has WAY more diagnostic capabilities than a reader, or does "scanner" mean a code reader, which only passively reads (and in some cases can erase) trouble codes? It's not always clear.

In my shade-tree adventures, I've longed for a good bidirectional scan tool, but am too cheap to pull the trigger and get one. With the exception of the reprogramming the seat sensor module, I've been able to get by with my Auto Enginuity software and an Actron ABS reader to diagnose what I need to know in order to fix my "fleet" and pay for these tools in the process.

I've probably replaced parts that didn't need replacing, not having a scan tool that pins down exactly what is going on with the car, but either I've either guessed correctly or have had the good luck not to be dealing with a choice between replacing an expensive part and a cheap part in order to see which is not working correctly. And so, the formula below seems to have held up:

Cost of a good bidirectional scan tool > cost of the diagnostic tools I already own + cost of the parts I've "guessed" about+
cost of the very few times I've needed a real mechanic to diagnose a problem + AllData subscription

Of course, this does not take into account the time I spend researching a problem through Alldata, here on the forums and online (Youtube, etc.). And of course, as Nick suggests...learning. Some repairs have taken me at a minimum three or four times longer than a pro...having to get the right tool loaner from Autozone, not knowing the tricks of the trade, etc., occasionally busting a part when removing it...so it's not really about the cost of the repair and the parts.

For me, it's been a fun (sometimes not) hobby. When I am under a time crunch or if it's below freezing in the garage and I don't want to crawl around on the floor, I'll have the pros handle a repair. Fortunately I have a good mechanic nearby who I trust, is very reasonable in costs, and gets things done quickly for those times.
 

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In my real life, I'm a veterinarian and I see diagnostics as a challenge (in a good way). One advantage to auto repair is that parts are replaceable. In my line of work...not so much. ;)
 

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In my real life, I'm a veterinarian and I see diagnostics as a challenge (in a good way). One advantage to auto repair is that parts are replaceable. In my line of work...not so much. ;)
Wow, I did not know that. Who would have known you (JP) fix animals. Good on you. I like thinking a veterinairian actually likes to get his hands dirty once in a while. This site amazes me every time I come here. (which is quite often).

I once had to fix a ladies soccer mom van. What I think was left of a (panache) which is what I think is a male head dress of un/a (orignal).


Ok, found the french term, MOOSE.


Yes french is getting in the way here. Anyway, one of the horns had pierced the plastic tank of her van. Major clean up before I even go under there. Found bits and pieces of the head all under there. The snout?/ nose was very well stuck under there with all other bits and pieces.

One of my uncles is/was a coroner. His first study was psychologist. Then he tried to do both at same time. He said that he stopped being a practicing coroner because it was too depressing.

Jp, that moose was way beyond replaceable parts, if you know what I mean. :oops:
 

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I am still off work, sadly, a prostate is also a non auto zone napa replaceable part. Going into care today or tommorrow. Not sure how that will go.

Anyway, thx for the
Nick makes an excellent point;
Always nice to feel I made some kind of sense.

Take care, this site will not probably hear from me for awhile.
 

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Sorry to hear you have the medical issue. That, coming at the same time as other stuff, must be brutal for you. I wish you the best of luck!