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Diagnostic scanners. #5173152 07/28/19 05:28 PM
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What scanners do you guys recommend for the DIY'er that supports a decent amount of live data. I have a Innova 3140d that only supports 26 PID's for my 98 chevy trucks and I have an older AutoXray 6000 that supports over 40 PID's.

I went to read what my cam retard reading was on my 98 K3500 because awhile back I discovered that my distributor bolt was loose and I accidentally moved my distributor while messing with the cap and just tried moving it back to where I thought it was. Since then my truck has not been starting very well, like it's firing between the distributor contacts.

I hook up the 3140d and it doesn't give me a reading for this or very much of anything. I then try my 6000 which is no longer made or supported and the company no longer exists and it does have this reading. As I suspected, the cam retard was out of spec at -3.2. I adjusted it to a -1.4 and called it good. The truck does start better now.

I want to upgrade to a newer scanner that will support more live data than the 3140d and will be able to read the cam retard on my 98 trucks.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good diagnostic scanner and not just a basic code reader. I don't mind paying a little more for something that will give a decent amount of info for the trucks as well as for my Mustang. Thanks.


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Re: Diagnostic scanners. [Re: wtd] #5173157 07/28/19 05:37 PM
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Watching for recommendations as I too have the Auto Xray 6000 that I'd like to replace.

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Re: Diagnostic scanners. [Re: Richie] #5173170 07/28/19 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Richie
Watching for recommendations as I too have the Auto Xray 6000 that I'd like to replace.

I've always been pretty happy with the 6000 and it worked for what I needed it to do but since there is no longer any support for it, I want something newer. I bought the 3140d a few years ago to replace it but it seems very limited for live data, even on other vehicles that I've used it on.


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1998 Chevy K1500
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1970 Monte Carlo
Re: Diagnostic scanners. [Re: wtd] #5173178 07/28/19 05:59 PM
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Autel 906BT. Just did the transmission reset on a Chevy Spark after replacing the tranny. Dealer wanted $150. Also monitored the trans temp when adjusting the fluid level. Spend the $200 over their MS906 model which does less things.

Re: Diagnostic scanners. [Re: wtd] #5173196 07/28/19 06:18 PM
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I am due for an upgrade as well.
ABS and SRS is a must.
Not sure if it would be worthwhile for a bi-directional scanner to customize settings and such.
Looking for OBD2 only. I have no need for older manufacturer specific connectors.


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Re: Diagnostic scanners. [Re: wtd] #5173277 07/28/19 07:47 PM
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Re: Diagnostic scanners. [Re: Audios] #5173315 07/28/19 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Audios


There's also the Autel Diaglink if you just need it for one car line, about $85 now, but it's been as low as $79.

https://www.amazon.com/Autel-Diaglink-Version-Diagnostic-Transmission/dp/B01N0QQZY7

Re: Diagnostic scanners. [Re: wtd] #5173367 07/28/19 09:56 PM
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I have been looking at various Autel models but I've been reading a lot of negative stuff about the batteries not lasting in a lot of them.

I want something that does more than one car line as we have a lot of different makes and vehicles in the family.

I do want something that can monitor transmission temps since the Mustang needs to be at a certain temp to accurately read the fluid level. My AutoXray 6000 shows the trans temp of my 98 trucks.


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Watching as well. I would like one that will bleed the ABS for Toyota and GMC.

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Re: Diagnostic scanners. [Re: wtd] #5173422 07/29/19 12:17 AM
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I picked up a OBD2 scanner from Blue Driver recently- so far I am very happy with it. I am not sure it has exactly the features you are looking for, but its been very helpful with my Saturn, Mini and Ford.

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OBDLink MX + will do that for you at around $80. No ABS bleeding though, nothing in this price range will do that for you, but it will read ABS, SRS codes.

One needs to part with pro grade money for pro grade tools


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Hope I'm not hijacking this thread but... Instead of scanners, is software for a laptop/notebook available instead? I've seen many wi-fi ODB readers that work with IOS and Android. Someone out there must have taken the next step and integrated full functionality into a PC software package.

Ray

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Originally Posted by wtd
I have been looking at various Autel models but I've been reading a lot of negative stuff about the batteries not lasting in a lot of them.


Went 6 months without recharging mine.

Re: Diagnostic scanners. [Re: wtd] #5173583 07/29/19 08:08 AM
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The exact reason I want a replacement for my Xray 6000.

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Originally Posted by Richie
Watching for recommendations as I too have the Auto Xray 6000 that I'd like to replace.

I've always been pretty happy with the 6000 and it worked for what I needed it to do but since there is no longer any support for it, I want something newer. I bought the 3140d a few years ago to replace it but it seems very limited for live data, even on other vehicles that I've used it on.


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Originally Posted by RayCJ

Hope I'm not hijacking this thread but... Instead of scanners, is software for a laptop/notebook available instead? I've seen many wi-fi ODB readers that work with IOS and Android. Someone out there must have taken the next step and integrated full functionality into a PC software package.

Ray


The only full function free software package and you can just use a basic ELM327 code reader would be for Ford and possiblity Mazda. It's Forscan and it's free. Even lets you program keys to the car.

I have an older version of a Launch x431 system, they have a new one now called icarscan, about $288, comes with software for 10 car lines or specific car functions like bleeding ABS, DPF regen etc. The basic scanners typically don't have those functions available.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32698860988.html

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