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#4536637 - 10/07/17 10:56 PM recommend me a decent scanner
kpatter Offline


Registered: 08/26/11
Posts: 60
Loc: texas
I am a weekend shadetree mechanic.. looking to clear codes and view codes and see live data. I am not a professional. I have a cheap autel I bought years ago that has sufficed but want an upgrade.

Like to keep under 100.00

Not sure if Bluetooth or plugin type is better.

Thanks

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#4536645 - 10/07/17 11:04 PM Re: recommend me a decent scanner [Re: kpatter]
Audios Offline


Registered: 11/19/11
Posts: 889
Loc: Lyndhurst NJ
i recently picked up the maxidiag elite. well worth the $200 price tag. scans and clears faults in all modules, and can view live data.
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#4536647 - 10/07/17 11:04 PM Re: recommend me a decent scanner [Re: kpatter]
Leo99 Offline


Registered: 03/30/14
Posts: 3052
Loc: NJ
Do you have American or Japanese cars? My understanding is German cars can be finicky about code readers. The $20 bluetooth reader that runs with Torque Lite works well for me.
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#4536705 - 10/08/17 12:14 AM Re: recommend me a decent scanner [Re: Leo99]
kpatter Offline


Registered: 08/26/11
Posts: 60
Loc: texas
Nissan and hondas

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#4536714 - 10/08/17 12:32 AM Re: recommend me a decent scanner [Re: kpatter]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
It's the live data part that might push you over a $100. Check out Innova and Autel.

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#4536783 - 10/08/17 05:17 AM Re: recommend me a decent scanner [Re: kpatter]
DdDd Offline


Registered: 06/08/17
Posts: 189
Loc: NY
I have a $20 generic Bluetooth and the torque app for free. Way more useful than a dedicated scanner.

Make sure the adapter has a switch or auto shutoff. You can leave it on all the time if so.

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#4536810 - 10/08/17 06:41 AM Re: recommend me a decent scanner [Re: kpatter]
Slick17601 Offline


Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1515
Loc: Pennsylvania
In your price range, Blue Driver is the way to go.

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#4536975 - 10/08/17 10:19 AM Re: recommend me a decent scanner [Re: kpatter]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32671
Loc: ME
A decent part of the money spent goes to the "box" with buttons etc. If you can bluetooth it you get more smarts in the software, and a better chance of competing software, an update, or even a 3rd party "crack".

My Innova 3160 claimed to be "upgradeable" but then a few years later they hatched the 3160S and left me out to dry.

FWIW there are about 5 things to look for:

1) codes
2) I/M readiness
3) Generic OBDII data (not encrypted) stuff like ign advance
4) Mfr Specific OBDII data (encrypted) stuff like knock retard from optimal
5) Bi-directionality, being able to command the car to do stuff or update its firmware.

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#4536984 - 10/08/17 10:23 AM Re: recommend me a decent scanner [Re: kpatter]
buck91 Offline


Registered: 04/17/12
Posts: 2449
Loc: West Michigan
Another vote for generic wifi/bluetooth setup and torque (or better, forscan if applicable)
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#4537077 - 10/08/17 12:03 PM Re: recommend me a decent scanner [Re: kpatter]
joeparker54 Offline


Registered: 04/25/17
Posts: 12
Loc: MI
I use a $3 ebay bluetooth dongle with torque - works great for me and my Grand Marquis, but I have had issues with GM vehicles' ECUs not communicating (mid-00's Grand Am/Prix). After loading the custom Ford PID's (basically the ID/Parameter for reading OE specific sensors/codes) to Torque Pro (about $6 on Play store) I can see a large amount of information from within the ECU - it even allows me to see things like specific cylinder misfire counts, which is useful because Ford decided that it shouldn't throw a code unless a cylinder is misfiring something like 23.5% of the time. I love my cheap torque/BT dongle combo for what it is.

HOWEVER, they certainly don't work for every vehicle (at least the cheap $3 clear-blue china units) and then there's the issue of it only communicating with the ECU. That's fine and dandy if all you want is to check/clear basic codes - it works great for that, but if you want to talk to the TCU or ABS system, you will need a dedicated tool. My 10yr old Harbor Freight scanner can read TCU and ABS on my brother's Kia.

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