Are all ODB2 Scanners pretty much the same for basic troubleshooting? I would like to get one but just not sure if there are any caveats based on price, or if they all pretty much do the same thing.
This is perfect, thank you so much for such a great answer. I will spend the $100 for something that can read live data. This Jeep isn't going anywhere so it will be handy to have one of these.Some will simply read engine codes while others will read ABS and Airbag codes. The next important thing is that some will read live data while others won't. Highly recommend getting one that reads live data to aid in troubleshooting.
$100 or so will get you a good code reader that can read live data. Personally I like Acutron. If you have an Android phone there is a great app that I am unable to recall the name that connects to OBD by a Bluetooth dongle
The next step up would be a bi-directional scanner that can operate fans, turn pumps on etc but this gets you in the $2,000 scanner range. This is more for te professional
Yes thanks. The iOS app in question specifically references using the Wifi ELM327 Chip, and I bought one that is confirmed to work with this app by people who purchased the app.I have seen comments that the android app plays well with Bluetooth dongle but the apple devises don't play well with Bluetooth dongles and work more often with a WiFi dongle
I wasn't aware of that, thanks Jerry.Just to make sure you're aware your TJ likely can already can display its own DTCs by turning the ignition switch on-off-on three times within five seconds and leaving the key on. Any stored DTCs will show up in the odometer in 4-5 seconds.
Only 98-00 TJs don't have this ability.