It was shortly after 9:00 PM and Karla (my sister) and I were just leaving Bunco. I started my car and… ”WHAT? Damn! My check engine light is on!”
Karla: Are you sure? I don’t think that’s your check engine light.
Me: Are you sure? What is it then?
Karla: I dunno, maybe your coolant. Let’s check your book.
Me: Alright, I’ll drive, you check.
Karla: Okay (while looking at the manual) it’s definitely not the battery, it doesn’t look like that picture. Nope, not the coolant either. Okay, it is the check engine light.
Me: Boom! I told you! Guess I may as well use that car tool thing I bought from BzzAgent.
After I finally got home, I pulled out the CarMD Diagnostic Scan tool.
I did get this thing for a super good deal through BzzAgent: the tool, an extension cord, the Premium web package and a cool case all for $56. But, I was actually kinda dreading it, I mean, it was already 9:30 PM, which is totally my bedtime!
I started with the quick guide… Dang, really? I have to get my VIN number and register my car first? I figured I may as well just do it right, so I dont’ have to do it the next time. I got my VIN, pulled up the CarMD site, and it was actually very fast. I typed in my name, zip code, VIN number and mileage of my car and voilá! There it was on my computer screen. My car. Sweet!
This tool also came with an installation CD so I could load the software onto my computer, which is a Mac, so two thumbs up there, too. That was a quick setup, so I was loving CarMD and BzzAgent, too, for the super sweet deal.
Next, I went out and plugged the scan tool into my car (I’m a pro at this, by the way, my dad has a scan tool, it’s an older one though, so once you get the code, you thumb through a large manual to find what the code means) and it had my code in seconds.
I walk by Preston and tell him how fast and easy this is going, then plug the scan tool into my computer. It launches the website, and… “We’re sorry we’re experiencing technical difficulties. We hope to have the page up shortly.”
ARE YOU KIDDING!?! Now I wish I had the damn printed manual like my dad! I just want to know what code P0303 means?!?
I tried it 5 times. Same dumb message. CarMD, I hate you. I was mad and just wanted to figure out the code, so I googled it. Turns out it was a misfire on cylinder 3. Which has happened on another car of mine so I knew that it wasn’t serious, at least not yet.
I thought just for kicks I’d try the website one more time before I put the tool away, and it worked. And, it was awesome. I was impressed.
CarMD also informed me if check engine light comes on and is flashing that’s bad. Like real, real bad. You need to stop driving your car because you could damage the engine. Yikes! Thank you CarMD! I give your product a double high five!