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If your car isn't experiencing emission-related problems you don't need to have a code read, though it could be useful to have a scan with a laptop with rather better software than to be found in cheap hand-held code readers. Such scanning software will report pending faults so repairs or rectification can be carried out before they become a problem.
A code read is only the second step in fault finding an emission-related problem. The first step is to ensure the maintenance is up to date and properly carried out and a thorough visual inspection of the underbonnet area.
After the code read it is as well to verify the results by examining live data or testing the "guilty" sensor independently, though if it is a really inexpensive type it is sometimes as well just to replace it.
It isn't unusual for trouble codes to be misleading or even wrong and even when a code proves to be right the code cannot tell you whether it is the sensor, the wiring or connectors or the ECU that is at fault. It takes skill and experience to interpret the results of both the code read and further testing. Lots of people have spent great amounts of money on unnecessary new parts because they have neither.
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