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Old 04-03-2018, 03:44 PM   #1
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I think my 96 needs a new computer. I was hoping to get advice on what kind to buy. Is it possible to clear the codes on the old one?
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Old 04-03-2018, 04:47 PM   #2
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its possible to clear any codes other than an airbag or abs i believe, with almost any code scanner.

auto parts houses that do the free obd2 scan wont clear the codes for legality reasons, but even the cheap ones will do it.

kicker is, if you have a code, clearing it without fixing the problem will only make the code disappear for about 15mins of run time before it will pop up again.
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Hi Janna.

Welcome to Infamous.

There are helpful links in my signature.

One is to the Service Manuals. You should snag one for your truck quickly before they are gone.

The other is about how to read the codes. The video I created on the codes also shows how to clear the codes.

You are in luck, though. The 1996 is an OBD2 equipped computer. You can go to your local auto parts store to have them look up your codes and clear out the old ones. The catch is that they expect you to buy the replacement parts from them. That's not always a bad thing, but sometimes a code pops up because a part is dirty or shorted out - not because it is broken.
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Old 04-03-2018, 05:19 PM   #4
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Thank you for the info! I'll definitely check out the link for codes. I've already downloaded the whole service manual. I'm not even really sure the computer is the issue yet but as far as I can tell it's the next step in figuring out my issues. I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to truck repair
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3.2 as in 3.2L? No such motor made it out of the factory. You should have a 2.4L inline 4 if you havnt done a swap or crazy bore out.
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it doesnt matter what motor it is for the purposes of this.
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My bad. I've been working on my girlfriend's car lately which is a 3.2. my truck is the 2.4 inline 4.
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it doesnt matter what motor it is for the purposes of this.
Still important, some info only relates to certain engines and specific questions often pop up out of generic threads
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no it doesnt.

the car wont throw a v6 code on a 4cyl. it doesnt matter at all for clearing codes, which is what he asked.
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Actually it does. So does year. Especially with the older trucks since the ECMs are slightly different between the years.
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