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Automotive shop service equipment and machinery-OBD scanners.

Updated on December 13, 2010

Choosing the best scanner for an auto shop

I could make this article very long indeed, but simply If you are working on older cars, you will need a scanner that is backwards compatible to query cars made before 1996.

These scanners are more expensive than base models that private mechanics may use at home.

Many mechanics have turned to their PC software in place of buying a scanner and this is a good alternative if you are familiar with running a PC and have the right connection modules and cables which usually come with the software when you buy it.

I prefer a modern hand held scanner as it is easy to set up and use anywhere, and I don't have to concern myself with a Microsoft windows platform, viruses or computer glitches when I use it!

When buying a scanner be aware of what the readout says. the better one's will provide some detail which may be useful.

The latest of these scanners will hook up to your PC and provide a lot more functionality by printing and storing data and acessing codes and software to read OBD1.5 and OBD1 Ford and Chrysler etc.

Expect to pay between $300-$400 for a good one with computer based enhancements and upgrades.


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      God help me, I put aside a whole afreonton to figure this out.

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      John 4 years ago

      knox0202 on July 8, 2012 there is one way if the person is iniivsble and you call them if you don't get a dial tone then they are not online if they are iniivsble it will not make any sound

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Good information. Thanks!

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you Hello, hello.

      Please let your son know that he is most welcome to contact me at any time if he needs a hand with anything technical, as I have the luxury of time these days, and love to help when I can.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I read it and it was easily understood even by me who hasn't got a clue but I sent it my son where it will be very helpful Thankyou.