The combination of mechanics & computer technology has produced cars that now demands skills in these areas from the troubleshooters/repairers. Auto mechanics need high-tech skills CareerBuilder.com "Backyard mechanics are going the way of keypunch operators and typing pools. Computerized drive train technology has…" http://www.careerbuilder.com/Article/CB-3021-Automotive-Auto-mechanics-need-high-tech-skills/ The upside for those with trade and computer skills, is that [...]
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A great list of advice for people intent on diy car maintenance. Being able to do it yourself could save you a lot of time and money. At the very least, you will gain the knowledge regarding the requirements for the repair, and will put you in a better position to shorten the time needed [...]
Another good tip not mentioned here is to check out the car with your own obd tool, first thing. This will save you more time rather than having a mechanic check it out for you, and then find the same future repairs that your obd tool could already identify. An early elimination tool, both in [...]
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What is OBD?
OBD stands for On Board Diagnostics. This refers to a car’s self-diagnostic and reporting capabilities. Accessed with a code reader, the device communicates with the car’s computers. The kinds of information these readers can yield can range from why a malfunction indicator light (MIL or also known as check engine light) has lit up, to measuring emissions, to mileage you can get out of your gas from the way you are driving – based on real time data. It can also let you identify malfunctions within the car through standardised diagnostic trouble codes (DTC).
The current standard is OBD2, or also known as OBDii.
There is enormous potential for saving time and money with these devices. At the very least, being able to diagnose problems can give you advance notice on how much those repairs are likely to cost. In some instances, you could avoid the repair bill entirely if the problem turns out to be something easy to fix, eg a gas cap not fitted on properly was causing the MIL
We review the current most popular models today to help you choose the device that fits you.
- Compatibility – most of these devices can measure car models from 1996 to today. However, BMW has their special codes. And some code readers will need special cables for some car models
- List of features – some devices can clear out a misfired MIL, which auto repair shops would charge around $100 to do for you.
- Ease of use – some are not as layman-friendly as others
- Suited for expected use – if you want to get more mileage out of your gas usage, then this capability is available on some models
- Within your budget range – while you usually get what you pay for, there are some really good deals going around at the moment
- Customer service – always helps to have a helpful cs department, specially for a device such as this
A device with the most features is not necessarily the best option for you. There is the ease of use, plus the price would factor in as well.
However, for the purposes of the device, which is to give you as much information as possible, I have to recommend the ScanGauge II Ultra Compact as the best option. It is full of features, it has received really good user reviews, and they report that it has very good after-sales service too.
The product I least-recommend would be the CarMD 2100. It has some limitations that other models in its price range do not have, like charging extra for more cars to scan (only 3 are allowed for free), or for more extensive reports. And it cannot reset the MIL. The number of poor user ratings on it also reflects why it is at the bottom of the list for me.
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