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Old 03-06-2011, 09:03 AM   #1
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Diagnostic Scan Tool

So I have been toying with the idea for awhile and decided to buy a scan tool. I was wondering those of you that have them which you have. I do not need or want some huge diagnostic machine, just something to read codes and do diagnostics. I found one online that looks good but not too familiar with the brand name. Anyone ever use this company?

Amazon.com: Equus 3160 Innova ABS + Professional CanOBD2 Diagnostic Code Scanner for OBDII Vehicles with Back-lit Screen and Enhanced Live Data: Automotive

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Old 03-06-2011, 09:16 AM   #2
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check out the Scangauge II

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Amazon.com: ScanGauge II 3-in-1 Compact Multifunction Vehicle Computer with Customizable Display: Automotive

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Old 03-06-2011, 12:16 PM   #4
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I have an Innova OBDI and II tool. Works great and you can update the software on line. Has many connector adaptors as well so you can read nearly any vehicle.
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If all you need is a simple Scan Tool why are you bothering to look at these expensive ones? Why not save the cash at get something like the one I've got in the link?Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN OBD-II Scan Tool
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If you have an iPod or iPhone you can get a GoPoint cable - cause... There's an app for that!! I have it and it and it works fine. Just over $100- I can find a link if you like...
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i got one from AZ a few yrs back. actron cp9180 and think i paid around 80 for it on sale. does what it's supposed to do and even hooks up to the computer. was just looking it up-guess they've gone up in price a little or i got it on one heck of a sale.
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If you have an iPod or iPhone you can get a GoPoint cable - cause... There's an app for that!! I have it and it and it works fine. Just over $100- I can find a link if you like...
Or if you have andriod your can pay 2 dollars for basically the same app..i also can find the link for this if youd like
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Or if you have andriod your can pay 2 dollars for basically the same app..i also can find the link for this if youd like
I guess I was unclear... The cable is $100 - the app is free...
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I guess I was unclear... The cable is $100 - the app is free...
Oh my bad, i though you meant the app was $100
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If all you need is a simple Scan Tool why are you bothering to look at these expensive ones? Why not save the cash at get something like the one I've got in the link?Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN OBD-II Scan Tool

Because I want a scan/diagnostic tool. I do not want a code reader. I can do that by watching my check engine light. Plus I work on other vehicles as well from time to time where a code reader won't help
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If you want to use a computer autotap works well and is pretty cheap. Auto enginuity is better, but costs a lot more. The tricky thing with getting a good scanner is getting the vendor specific code and parameter logging abilities. Any code over p0999 is going to be vendor specific. The more brands you want to cover, the more expensive it gets. If you want to cover EVERY brand from domestic to European, plan on spending at least $2000-10,000 (new).
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Well then get a good one from Snap On if you want a real scanner. Pay the money and get a good one, stop considering the $100 dollar ones, get the real $3500 scanner and the $450 cards for all the different makes of vehicles then scan away.
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If you get the adapter link that plugs into your laptop you can do far more than the Snap-on overpriced ScaM tool.

Look on Ebay you can find the adapter link for less than $30 - and get the software that is available for them too. Then you can access sensors, see what the computer "thinks" it sees, even see the pulses like on a scope screen. If you know how, you can even do some reprogramming with it.

Or find out who makes it for Snap-On-Your-Wallet, look up the mgfr's name, buy it for less than 50%. Snip-it doesn't make them themselves. If they can't chrome it, they won't make it.
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Well then get a good one from Snap On if you want a real scanner. Pay the money and get a good one, stop considering the $100 dollar ones, get the real $3500 scanner and the $450 cards for all the different makes of vehicles then scan away.
Because Snap-On diagnostic machines are way over priced. I don't need or want to pay for a $3200 dollar name plate on a $300 tool. Plus I have played around with a few of the Snap-On ones and didn't really care for the menus and such.


I am looking more into the Laptop software some of them to have pretty good features for the cost of the interface and software.
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I've used the mac mentor and its a great scanner that will pull tons of stuff like chassis codes, air bag codes, etc. Many of the high priced scanners are priced high because they are WAY better and do WAY more than the laptop based ones. So far the only laptop based scanner that has bidirectional control (tha I know of) is the auto enginuity. Its still not cheap if you want all the brands. $1400 gets you this.
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You can get the domestic package for $800 with the tool.
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I had the Ebay link adapter - I forget which one. I was able to get into the fuel mapping, timing mapping and change things - doesn't that mean it's bi directional?

I loaned it to a friend. When he moved it got lost.

I just got another one - don't know if it's the same or not. Got a new laptop too.
Soon I'll get it hooked up and see.
The critical thing is the software - lots of it is free, but some costs a little - and your knowledge - the adapter link is mainly just a cable - the link. No reason to spend an arm and a leg.

Even the basic adapters will do what you need - simply reading the data stream.

I also have a handheld - good for codes only. Codes only tell you what area it's in - "the pot of gold is in Los Angeles" - but where in LA? Give the the real location!
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I had the Ebay link adapter - I forget which one. I was able to get into the fuel mapping, timing mapping and change things - doesn't that mean it's bi directional?
That means you can custom tune with it too. Please provide more info with a link that works and the software that you use. I have done pretty extensive research into the jeep ecu and I have only found 2 companies that can custom tune the ecu, and only the 05-06 ecu can be flashed with aftermarket stuff.
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i just got an actron CP9580 off of amizon and i love it.
It tells you the three most reported fixes.
I charge people $5 to read there codes and have it half paid for already
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When I loaned out my stuff the software discs went with it. They moved to Idaho or someplace very hot.
I've just received another adapter link and a new laptop. Haven't loaded it yet. But when I do I'll let you know.
As I remember the software cost a little, 5, 10, 15 etc each, but not much - some was free. The link itself was the cheapest part. But all told I think it was less than $75 for everything.

Yes - I was able to get in and reset things like speedometer, fuel curves etc. on my '03 Rubi and others. Experimenting I found the factory settings were always the best anyway. So I always ended up going back to them. Save the settings BEFORE you change them.

The biggest advantage was looking at what the computer "thought" the sensors were saying. ie - one the PCM "thought" the temp sensor was saying it was -15 degrees outside, it really was about 85 that day. Bad sensor - lying to the PCM. The better hand-helds will do that easy.

Another was a MAP sensor. When yiu first turn the key on before starting - the MAP sensor stores the atmospheric pressure as a base reading. Then when it starts it's manifold vacuum. For some reason the MAP sensor was at a constant (stuck) - base and running it was the same. Bad MAP sensor. The PCM had no reference to determine if it was WOT - did not agree with TPS. Barely ran, set one code.
That's also where I learned that just clearing codes does not erase everything. The bull that touching cables does is not true. Testing I found it takes about 8-12 hours of power disconnected to completely erase all the bad learned stuff. Then it all goes back to default.

It's a good way to learn the system!

I'll post it when I get things going.
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Can you send the link to where you got your stuff, sounds like just what I am looking for.
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As I already explained TWICE! I just got this one, haven't hooked it up yet.



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