Why OBD2 Scanners Are So Popular
Depending on your make and model of vehicle, an OBDII reader is hooked up to the engine (or sometimes under the dashboard) and the codes that are showing there are read and translated. Each manufacturer has its own set of codes, and sometimes those codes vary depending on the model and year of the vehicle.
Have you tried to get a check engine light diagnosed lately? Many service stations charge you $99 just to tell you what the codes means that your car has thrown. All you can see is an alarming light on your dashboard, and you may need to pay to get this code...
The Autel AutoLink AL519 OBD II/EOBD Code Reader is a top quality Scan Tool with a color screen. The Autel AL519 will save you time diagnosing what’s wrong with your car. Not only will it help you diagnose the problem, but it has thousands of troubleshooting tips...
In the old days, before cars had computers onboard, people had to rely on a qualified, experienced and hopefully trustworthy car mechanic to figure out what was wrong with the vehicle. Now, however, computers run many of the functions of a modern engine and without an OBDII reader, most mechanics wouldn’t have a clue as to where to start looking for a problem.
There are a lot of tools that you can use to make your at-home auto repairs faster, easier, and more successful. Now, you may already have an OBD2 reader at your disposal, and this is truly an excellent diagnostics tool that can provide you with a lot of useful information about your vehicle and its various emissions components like the engine, the evaporative system, the exhaust system, and the transmission, too.
However, you may not be aware that there are some software programs available that can really take your use of the reader to new levels.
Actron OBD2 Scanners
The Actron CP9550 PocketScan OBD II diagnostic code reader is one of Actron’s simple yet effective code scanners that will quickly identify and problems you may have with your vehicle. Diagnostic trouble codes and descriptions are just a taste of the different tasks...
The Actron CP9125 PocketScan Code Reader is a compact, easy-to-use device for beginner to moderate DIY consumer. It will let users read DTCs (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) from the integrated computers of 96' and the more recent On-Board Diagnostics II (OBD II)-compliant...
So just what can OBD2 reader software do for you? When you use a reader, sometimes you get information given back to you that is difficult to understand. If you are not familiar with various car components, the terminology and data can be even more difficult to understand. Software, however, is available that can provide you with plain English explanations of what is wrong with your car in layman’s terms, and the software also can tell you the most common fixes that others have performed to correct the same issue you are facing with your car.
More than that, the software is updated regularly, so when you use the software, you always have the most up-to-date information on your car. One reason why more and more people are choosing to buy one of these for their own use is because it is protection against unscrupulous mechanics or dealerships that want to make money by doing unnecessary services or repairs on your vehicle. Because you know the codes and therefore what is wrong with the car, you will be able to prevent them from charging you for “fixes” that you really didn’t need.
Innova OBD2 Scanners
The Innova 3130 has been replaced by the Innova 3130c. This is an advanced OBD II diagnostic scanner from Equus that is packed with a host of professional features. For new users of diagnostic scanners, this convenient tool can be connected to your vehicle, scan...
The Equus Innova 3100 OBD II Code Reader is the DIYers diagnostic tool that is loaded with several professional features. This user-friendly device will connect to your car, SUV, or truck from 96' and above and acquire DTCs (diagnostic trouble codes) along with code...
On a more positive note, these OBD2 scanners also help you to determine whether or not you really need to have work done at all.
Sometimes you will get error messages or the “check engine” light will go on as a result of a preset in the computer. This is the manufacturer’s way of making you go back for a tune-up.
But if you feel that your car is healthy enough as it is, then you can simply check your codes to be sure and put off getting a tune-up until a later date.
You may be wondering how much the OBD2 reader software is and how you can get your hands on a program that works with your reader. These software programs are often very affordable, with many programs priced under $100. Some programs are even available with the reader itself, so you will want to check and make sure your reader doesn’t have a free download available online.
Whether you have to pay for a program or your program is available for free, you will find that this is a fabulous tool that can make your reader even more useful for you.