If you feel sick and you think there is something wrong with your bodily functions, you go to the doctor. The doctor doesn't tell you right away the real cause of the problem. He needs to use several tools and conduct series of tests before he pinpoints the culprit why you feel bad. What if your car seems to be a little under the weather? Of course, it can't speak. It can't tell you why it keeps on overheating, or stalling, or why the headlights are not working. The question now is, how can you know where the problem lies?
Your car, just like your own body, is made of complex parts and systems. Just like your doctor, there is a tool that you can use to detect the broken or damaged parts of your car. This is the scan tool. You just have to plug the scan tool into your car's system then it shows you codes that represent the area or part that is not working well.
There are several types of automotive scan tools and each type focuses in a specific area. It is important to find the specific problem so you can correct it ASAP. The right scan tool can help you locate the real problem in a matter of minutes. Here are the different types of scan tool and their specific use:
OBDLink 2.0OBD stand for On-board diagnostics. Once you plug this scan tool in your car, it runs tests on the whole system and determines if all of the parts are functioning well. The codes and other data are all recorded in the device in case you need a reference. Once you're done reading all the information, you are free to reset the tool. This scanner can also verify how fuel efficient your car is. The OBDLink 2.0 is suitable for car models from 1996 to present.
Actron 9410This type works almost the same with the OBD type. It checks the errors in your car and alerts you if such error can cause further damage in your engine. This scan tool has a simpler interface so it's perfect for beginners and non-car experts.
AutoTap Express DIYThis type is a combination of small device and computer software that you can install in your notebook or laptop. The software is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. This tool detects problems in your vehicle especially in the ignition and combustion systems.
There will come a time when your car will experience some problems so as early as now, equip yourself with the right tool. With the right scan tool, you can solve your car's problem right away.