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What Scanner Reads Camshaft Retard?

11-24-2006, 05:09 PM
I need to set the camshaft retard on my 5.7L C3500 truck. I have an Actron CP9145 Code Scanner, but when I link up to the vehicle and "view data", I don't get any data that looks like the camshaft retard. I get a timing advance reading and about 25 other sensor readings, but no camshaft retard. Do I not have the right scanner? I just spent $200 on this thing and hoped to get this info from it. What is the correct scanner to get the camshaft retard reading?

11-24-2006, 06:41 PM
You will need a highline scanner to do this, for one I know of the Snap On mt2500, the 9145 is an entry level unit, with only the basics and no mfg specific data available.

11-25-2006, 08:38 PM
Thanks for the reply. I'll quit trying to get something out of the scanner that it can't do.

11-27-2006, 07:51 AM

I bought this software for my truck and it didn't work. But it is capable of doing what you want. After doing some searching on the internet I learned that the 96 & 97 vortec trucks use a different type of ODBII. The guy was really nice and offered to take it back but I declined b/c I bought it off ebay and I couldn't have bought a scan tool for half the price of what this software could do even with it not working 100%. If you have a 98 or newer and want to try it give him a call and let him know up front what you want to use it for and if it works you will not send it back. It is a little less expensive alternative... it may not work but if it does then you may have saved yourself a little chunk of change.

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