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Unread 04-25-2014, 08:50 PM   #1
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odb2 scan tool.

What's a good odb2 scan tool? I have an 06 wk and TJ. I would like one that can do everything I could possibly need it to do.

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Unread 04-27-2014, 09:36 AM   #2
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The OE tool would do just that http://www.dcctools.com/en/ss_info/index.html . From there, depending on your budget, you could look at the witech http://www.dcctools.com/en/witech/index.html , or look aftermarket, like a Snap-On Solus. Those cheapo OTC tools, and sub $1k scan tools leave a lot at the table for things it should do. Trust me, as I do this for a living.
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Unread 04-27-2014, 01:12 PM   #3
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Trust me, as I do this for a living.
You would have to do it for a living to make spending over 1500 bucks on a scan tool worth it. Even if it costs 50 bucks a trip to read the codes at a dealer you would have to make weekly trips in to make it worth it.

I picked up an Innova 3130, it has live scan and recording capabilities. I used it to troubleshoot the Vortec install into my Jeep and for the just under 200 price tag it was well worth it.
Sure it's not as good as a professional unit but most of us are not going to use it on a daily basis. For the backyard mechanic I'd say it's more than adequate.
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Friend of mine has one of these U-Scan tools that does everything we need it for. It also has live feed and uses an app that is updatable with diferent price level options.
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Unread 04-27-2014, 06:31 PM   #5
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You would have to do it for a living to make spending over 1500 bucks on a scan tool worth it. Even if it costs 50 bucks a trip to read the codes at a dealer you would have to make weekly trips in to make it worth it.

I picked up an Innova 3130, it has live scan and recording capabilities. I used it to troubleshoot the Vortec install into my Jeep and for the just under 200 price tag it was well worth it.
Sure it's not as good as a professional unit but most of us are not going to use it on a daily basis. For the backyard mechanic I'd say it's more than adequate.
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I would like one that can do everything I could possibly need it to do
That said, those lesser scan tools are toys, no insult intended, but that's all they are. Once you use something much better, you'll see what you're missing. Now if you just want a fancy code reader, then the $200 variety are ok. If you want something that can do everything he could possibly need it to do, you're going to have to step up to the plate and fork over more money. OBDII generic, which is all you are getting on those tools, leaves a lot to be desired.
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Unread 04-27-2014, 07:20 PM   #6
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I've got the innova 3100 abs canobd2. It was $100 from walmart. (innova has them for $200 on.their website) and for the money, its quite impressive. It does all the generic codes and factory codes for a lot of models. You can do abs dtcs, erase codes/freeze frames. You can drive with it plugged in and see exactly what your vehicle is doing. it saves everything so you have a history to look back on. Its update able. There is still a lot i haven't done as I'm still learning it too. Id recommend going to innova.com and looking for yourself.
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Unread 04-29-2014, 08:24 PM   #7
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I use a BAFX Products - Bluetooth OBD2 scan tool that I bought on Amazon for 23.99. It's a wireless Bluetooth scan tool. Not very high end at all. I connect it up to Torque Pro (4.95 from Appstore) on my phone and tablet. I can view just about every sensor the car or truck has and get full readouts while driving in the car, including digital gauges. So far I have not found much that I haven't been able to do with it; read & clear codes, diagnose recent CAT issues with the truck, etc. Again, it's not a high end OBD2 tool but it works pretty well for so cheap!
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I just got an innova and it's a great unit, easy to read, fits connector well, allows you to reset the code.
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Unread 05-02-2014, 09:08 PM   #9
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Amazon sells a $15 device that connects to an android phone via Bluetooth that works well.
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Unread 05-03-2014, 08:06 AM   #10
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I bought one of those cheap Bluetooth ones from amazon and it doesn't work on any vehicle. I definitely got what I paid for.
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Unread 05-04-2014, 09:48 AM   #11
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I bought one of those cheap Bluetooth ones from amazon and it doesn't work on any vehicle. I definitely got what I paid for.
I've seen a couple that didn't work but I have the $24 one (model in my last post) with the torque pro app working flawlessly on an '03 Z06, an '03 Silverado SS, and a 2010 Grand Cherokee. Reset/clearing codes and monitoring digital gauges work very well for me. I used it to diagnose a few engine sensor issues on the SS.

I also have one of the Garmin 'eco route' Bluetooth readers. When connected to a garmin GPS, it only gives you a few digital gauges, but it will also connect to an android device with the torque app. I have not tried clearing codes with the garmin eco route reader and torque. I'll have to give that a try.

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Unread 05-08-2014, 09:34 PM   #12
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I recently bought one from harbor freight for $50 less 25%=$38. I have used it on my TJ and my F150, each with the CEL light on. Read the code, reset the light, all worked good.

Also hooked it up to my wife's Camry which had no CEL, but it linked up and showed no codes present.

That's all I need it to do. It's a tool that I don't see myself needing to use every week, or even ever month.

http://t.harborfreight.com/http-www-...8568-html.html
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Unread 05-08-2014, 09:51 PM   #13
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Contacted the seller of the bogus obd2 reader i received. Should be getting a replacement soon.
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