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    A better understanding than an obd scanner.

    Hi all, I知 having a few problems with my car, an Amarok my11. Iツ知 not looking for help or anything with the problems, just some honest help before I go splashing the cash.

    So I知 using a WiFi elm327 and EOBD-FACILE app, this gives me access to the fault codes, for arguments sake P0013-11, now I can go on the interweb and search for it and it tells me what the P0013 is for, but not the -11.

    The question, will vcds and the cable give a more in depth diagnosis, or will it also just tell me the camshaft actuator on circuit one is open. I get that I will be able to do other stuff with it, but at the moment I need the car to be running and reliable before that crosses my mind. I can purchase the cable or take it to a dealership, not both. Some help or advice pointing me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.

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    For that particular fault code, VCDS may not tell you much more than a generic OBD scanner.

    However, there are often fault codes (even in the engine) that VAG decided are not relevant to emissions and simply won't tell a generic tool about, and then of course there are all the other systems in the vehicle that you can access with VCDS that a generic OBD scanner can't even touch.

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