The ignition tester is one of the most popular diagnostic tools in the market today, and for a good reason. Once a car refuses to start, an ignition tester can save time and money in determining the source of the problem and, most importantly, bring your car up and running again.
One of the most popular ignition tester models in the market right now is the Actron ignition tester. A specialist in diagnostic equipment, Actron promises its tester provides quick, accurate readings not only of the ignition modules but also of various automotive sensors. We tried one of Actron's testers out to see if its claims are true or are just mixed signals.
- Tests igniters and various system sensors
- Designed for vehicles that have non-DIS systems
- Comes with back probe for in-circuit testing
- Powered by 9-volt battery
- Computer safe
- One-year limited Actron warranty
- Easy to understand. Actron has had decades of experience in diagnosis tools and testers, so it's no surprise that its testers are among the most user-friendly in the market. Once you've read the user manual, you'll be able to diagnose ignition module and sensors using this product within minutes.
- Compatible for use for a wide array of sensors. This tester can detect any problems with stock sensor in your car. We tried this on oxygen sensors, MAP sensors, and crankshaft sensors, and the tester responded accordingly.
- Will only work for limited makes or models. We found that this tester only works on vehicles made by Chrysler, Ford, Honda, GM, Toyota, and Nissan that have non-DIS systems installed. While it is a broad range of vehicle makes, it would be better if Actron also included other makes such as those from South Korea.
- Can only test ignition modules that are specified in the user manual. If the module is not found in the list, you're out of luck.
- Doesn't detect intermittent problems with the module. Simply put, if the car refuses to start, this tester will only confirm if the module is the cause of the failure. If the module is experiencing any intermittent problems, it will not be detected by this device.
The bottom line
The Actron ignition tester combines the functions of an ignition module tester and a sensor diagnostic tool, which is a great 2-for-1 deal in our opinion. The easy-to-read indicators also make this product a suitable choice for those with limited experience in automotive repair.