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Car diagnostic tools are used by engineers, mechanics, and car enthusiasts to detect emissions values and electronic problems, and access or reprogram a vehicle's computer.

Types of car scanners

Car workshops would be served well by high end car scanners, sometimes called OBD2 scanners (a short form for the on board diagnostic 2 industry standard). These can typically detect most or all of electronic data in the car's control system, reprogram the car's ECU, and incorporate code readers which can read most or all of the usual DTC (diagnostic trouble codes). On top of this, they tend to be compatible with a large range of car models that a workshop is likely to handle on an everyday basis.

Meanwhile, the average car owner might be happy with a cheaper model that is compatible with just his car model. Wireless OBD2 scanners are the perfect example of this, being affordable and pocket-sized and able to display the car's basic information such as fuel economy, engine RPM, coolant and intake temperature, etc. on the owner's smart phone. For such consumers, consider stocking up on models that send the user scheduled maintenance reminders and notifications when troubles are detected. On the other hand, middle-range car diagnostic solutions are suitable for car enthusiasts. These devices detect and display more detailed information about the vehicle than basic consumer models.

Useful features

Usability features of car scan tools include screen size, operation buttons, and menus. A large screen size certainly helps users see more data at once, speeding up the diagnostic process. Well-positioned buttons and menus also make operation of a handheld car scanner more pleasant. Manufacturer's user manuals are valued by professional users who rely on automotive diagnostic equipment to deliver trustworthy, problem-solving services to their customers.

On, you can find manufacturers of vehicle scanners and other diagnostic machines to meet the needs of all kinds of customers.