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How to determine obd codes without a scanner?

Is there a way to determine codes with a multimeter?

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There are some checks you can do on the sensors, but that won't tell you where to begin. You really should have your codes read so that you know what your car is telling you is wrong. This is one of the best diagnosing tools you have, and it's right there on your car. What kind of problems are you having? There is no way to erase the codes without the scanner though.

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