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Which auto parts store will loan diagnostic tools out?


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obdvip
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Oct 7, 2014, 7:02 PM

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  post locked   Which auto parts store will loan diagnostic tools out?  

My '96 Altima has a dead battery. I don't know if it's a bad battery (it's only 25 months old) or the alternator, because it died really suddenly with no warning whatsoever.
Really strange.
It took me to the store, but wouldn't take me home again until AAA gave me a jump. Anyway, someone told me that one of the auto parts supply stores will loan out those little diagnostic computer readers that plug into the car's computer and interpret error codes, but I can't find any information online that tells me which auto parts supply store will do that. Anyone know?




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Oct 7, 2014, 7:17 PM

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You need to have the auto parts store of your choice test your battery. As for loaning out tools, call a couple of stores in your area and ask.





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Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 7, 2014, 8:27 PM

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OP - Why do you need to loan tools for a battery test? As DS just said many outlets do this for free anyway.
You can tell tons with just a voltmeter AFTER you charge it and put a load on it yourself if even just leaving headlights on or watch voltage drop while cranking as great clues.


Batteries don't like going low even if charged up never mind jumping one and let alternator glow in the dark trying to charge one you'll need both. Alternator working too hard and fast charging of a battery are NG for either.


Owning the basic stuff isn't that expensive for that. Code reading is free at many parts outlets so unless none anywhere near you why even bother owning one never mind the expense?


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juncker
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Mar 16, 2015, 6:04 PM

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I think you just need to borrow a multimeter to see the read out of your electric current from your alternator going to your battery. Its either the battery or the alternator that is the culprit.


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Mar 16, 2015, 6:16 PM

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