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Obd2 Scanner Software Reviews

Yet what separates the CarScan Pro diagnostic scanner from most OBD2 scan tools is bidirectional control -- a feature sometimes called active testing. The CarScan Pro allows you to send commands to your vehicle to test the functionality of a given system, just like a tech at a dealership. It can make adjustments the car manufacturer allows in its control software -- say small changes in idle speed -- and disable certain modules in advance of mechanical repairs. Car enthusiasts fond of the early 1990s will appreciate one more CarScan Pro feature: With the right connection adapter, it can also scan OBD1 diagnostics in many cars built before 1996.

Obd2 Scanner Software Reviews

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Sound dicey? Maybe it is, but here's what you get for your fourteen bucks: The cable, a manual and a CD with software that can turn your Windows laptop into an OBD2 scanner. The manual is not always easy to understand, but you can glean chunks of useful information. At the very least you can probably leverage the cable to run more familiar apps like Torque Pro for PC on your laptop, and that could provide most of the functions expected in an OBD2 scan tool and more.

Many OBD2 scanners will conduct a simulated smog test, checking the same things a service shop will check before it signs off on a smog certificate -- and give you a good idea if the car will pass or fail in its current condition. Some OBD2 scan tools allow you to evaluate the battery, alternator and ABS system. They'll save or print reports with potential causes and possible repairs. The best can send commands to a car's individual control modules and even turn them off and on. They let you make finite adjustments that the vehicle manufacturer allows in its control software and calibrate the tire pressure monitor system, or TPMS.

2. Which type works for you: Across the price spectrum, there are basically two types of OBD2 scanner. The dedicated hand-held scan tool is a self-contained device that plugs into the OBD2 port via cable (preferably long enough to reach from inside the car to the engine bay) and does its job. It has its own screen, buttons, software and computer chip.

The second type is a Bluetooth OBD2 scanner, known in the trade as a Bluetooth dongle. This type is usually a fairly small, plastic device that plugs into the OBD2 port and then connects to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Its job is to wirelessly transmit data from the vehicle's OBD2 system to the phone, where that data is processed and presented by the dongle manufacturer's control app. With a Bluetooth OBD2 scanner, the quality of its manufacturer's software is paramount.

There's one more word of caution to note here. With some OBD2 scanners, some of the features or commands may not work on every make or model of automobile. This is largely a function of how the automakers build their control architecture or operating software. Some brands are just more particular about what they'll let people see and who they'll let see it. This applies particularly with scanners that allow bidirectional control or adjustments within the vehicle's control software. As a rule of thumb, US automakers generally allow the most access. Higher-end European brands allow the least. Again, you can sometimes learn something using the application checker on manufacturer websites. Often you can find the OBD2 scanner's operating manual online, so look at that, too.

Product support includes software updates. The reputable brands update their OBD2 scanner software regularly -- at least once a year -- so stay on top of it. The updates are usually easy to install, from a PC or over the air.

Like other Innova scanners, the CarScan Mobile 1000 is able to perform a large number of diagnostic functions, as well as the ability to describe the necessary parts and repairs you might not. What's more it's predictive software can give you an idea of which components might fail and when. If that wasn't enough the app also functions as a set of automotive gauges, with a variety of presentation options.

Despite that, the Topdon ArtiDiag500 is one of the most capable consumer-grade OBD-II scanners we've seen. It can monitor the brakes, airbags and battery, run an I/M pre-inspection test and also display and graph live car data. The Android-based unit has its own rechargeable battery and can update its own software, two things you don't often see on handheld scanners.

The BlueDriver Bluetooth Pro OBDII Scan Tool runs a smartphone-based diagnostics test. We chose this as the best Bluetooth OBD2 scanner because the manufacturer includes routine software updates for a free mobile app that works with Android smartphones and Apple iPhones.

The OBD2 scanners in this article went through two rounds of reviews. We started by searching Amazon for top products, looking at factors like Prime shipping eligibility, customer ratings, Amazon superlatives, and prices.

In this case, you will have to buy a generic OBD2 scanner if you want to use this software. However, once you find something compatible, you can download this program wherever you want it to go, including your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

DashCommand is one of the most expensive iOS obd2 scanner app (available for $14.99) on iTunes but features the best performance gauges, fuel economy gauges, engine gauges and emission testing for up to five trips.

Based in Finland, OBD Auto Doctor is a vehicle diagnostics app developed for PC, Mac, and Linux computers as well as Apple and Android smartphones. OBD Auto Doctor is a software that was developed for use with a number of compatible ELM 327 scan tools, which means you still have to buy a scanner to plug into your OBD2 port. This might be helpful for DIYers or shops that already have a scanner and want different software, but it adds to the overall cost of diagnosing check engine light issues.

Some reviews, with limited mechanical knowledge, found the software to be difficult to understand and confusing. However, a mechanic shop with 20-35 cars coming in daily found TOAD to be useful in 85% of cases thanks to the consistent technical support.

The AutoEnginuity Scan Tool is very highly rated among its users. In fact, bad reviews are hard to come by. Professionals and hobbyists alike highly recommend this product. Priced fairly, this scanner saves customers thousands from the dealer.

No two systems are the same, but some essential functions are common to all OBDII software. The most critical needs for most amateurs are the Check Engine Light, error codes, and resets. All the following OBD2 scanner software packages have these capabilities. Standard features include:

For those serious about saving money, the Mestart OBDII Diagnostic Scan Tool is the only way to go. Android smartphones can be more affordable, and this Bluetooth scan tool was made to match up with Androids. This device also supports operations with Windows software and even older Symbian devices. The scanner syncs perfectly with paid and unpaid third-party apps, such as Torque Lite, Torque Pro, and OBD Car Doctor.

No scanner is perfect when it comes to ABS or SRS codes, but the AL619 seems a bit more consistent than others, especially when you make sure to update the software immediately after receiving the unit.

I love this device! It is a must have for anyone doing work on cars with obd2. My truck has a front strut air leak which causes my front to do low to the ground. I use this Device to raise my truck and prevent it from lowering while driving! I have looked arou d and asked others in automotive groups and they all said a bidirectional scanner will cost $500-+$1500! All of them are incorrect! This is great technology.I highly recommend!"

Excellent scanner. Receive updates all the time. I did bought the special software for Mitsubishi; it is very complete, actually have more features for gear box than a Verus. This scanner is based on Android, having said that I know is possible, I will like to have a way to use the browser, with my subscription for alldata. That will make it a more useful tool.

While the device is fine, the software really lets it down. FIXD Premium is pushed heavily, and a number of our readers have complained about being incorrectly charged for the service or continually charged after cancelling Premium. For this reason we cannot recommend the FIXD OBD2 scanner with the FIXD app. However, we still think the device itself is good and when matched with a third-party app like ELM OBD2 it operates well.

With our klavkarr scanner and EOBD-Facile software and mobile applications, we hope that you will be able to repair your electronic faults yourself without the need for your dealer's "diagnostic pack".

We offer a range of products based on the OBD2 norm. With each klavkarr scanner order, you can choose to do your car diagnosis either with your PC / Mac or with your Android or iPhone. Our EOBD-Facile software can be used on all devices.

Like many others here wish I had read the reviews prior to purchase. Be nice if it at least read codes. What a disappointment. Broke down and bought a real scanner with support Xtool D8 DT. Awesome piece of equipment 041b061a72


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