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 that will help you to actually fix the problem.
Electronics and diagnostic tools are becoming increasingly important for automotive enthusiasts of all levels, including hobbyists. Modern cars have far more electronics in them than the vehicles that you may be used to, and if you want to work on a car that was made after 1996 then you will need some form of diagnostic tool simply to make sense of the engine readouts and turn off certain lights.
Scan Tool Features
The tool will retrieve a lot of information quickly and easily, including generic and manufacturer specific codes, pending codes, and the vehicles’ CIN, CVN and VIN information. It can also be used to clear codes, turn off the check engine light and reset any monitors in the system. This OBD II/EOBD / CAN tool is lightweight and portable, so you can use it almost anywhere – there’s no need to feel tethered to a workbench in your garage.
This tool features a unique and popular one-click I/M readiness feature which makes it easy to perform quick state emissions readiness checks and also allows for easy drive cycle verification.
The tool will work with any vehicle made in 1996 or more recently, including both domestic vehicles and imports. It does not need mains power, it can be operated by the 12V battery in the vehicle that you are testing. The tool comes with a software CD and a USB cable, and if there are any updates for your software or the firmware on the device you can download them using your internet connection and install them using the USB interface. The manufacturer does not charge for software updates.
Benefits of the Autel Al519
The screen on this scan tool has a resolution of 320×240, but it is clear and easy to read with vibrant colours. This is important because the readouts display only on the screen, rather than also feeding to an attached laptop.
This scan tool is low cost, lightweight and affordable, and will work with any ODB II compatible vehicle. If you work in a garage or you are an enthusiast who wants to be able to work on your own car then this tool is a must have.
Not only will it read trouble codes, it also offers useful “freeze data” from the moment that the code was raised. You can reset trouble codes and get a live view of the codes in real time. You can also record up to three “sessions”, each a few minutes long, and review them back on your PC later. This makes it easy to diagnose even relatively complex problems.
In January 2014 Autel released an update to the tool that ensures it is compatible with GM manufactured vehicles.
For most people this is a great first ODB II scanner. It is easy to use, portable, and relatively affordable. It does the job that it promises to do, and it is reliable enough to allow most people to scan their vehicles. In addition, it comes with some nice extras such as a fabric storage case, the required ODB2 cable, the USB cable and a software CD.
This particular tool is much better in quality and performance than, say, a 509 clone and it is offered at a great price too. The color screen and troubleshooting tips are great features that make it easy to use.
The display is easy to read, the speaker is clear enough to do the job, and the cable is six-feet long, ensuring that you can always position the scanner comfortably while you are working with it. It is these little bits of attention to detail that set this particular ODB II scanner apart from the rest.
An OBDII scan tool can save you time and money. Nowadays vehicles are a lot more complicated and every now and then a warning light comes on and you instantly worry how much it’s going to cost you. If you have your own scan tool then you can check what the problem is without having to book in to the repair shop. Or, if you do need to take your car to the mechanic at least you can be sure that you are not going to be charged for a repair that you didn’t need.
For day-to-day use and light vehicle maintenance, you cannot go far wrong choosing this scanner. The Autel AL519 is definitely a good buy, and will serve you well for many years.
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