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Which diagnostic tool do you use?

Postby speedracer2016 [OP] » May 21 2017, 7:02pm

Hello all. So far, I am able to do the vast majority of my mechanical repairs (at least until they pry the tools from my cold dead hands) but I am in a quandary regarding diagnostic tools. I have an ACTRON 9580 and it is good for the basics (reading, clearing and some freeze frame). I have been watching some diagnostic videos and they all seem to be using the Snap-On touchscreen diagnostic devices that can read anything, graph electrical data, etc. Of course these are probably mucho $$'s and as its for me I could never really make it pay. So, what do you all use that's a bit above the basic unit but has some of the more advanced capabilities? Are you using a laptop with an adapter and some software program? No problems today but want to be ready for tomorrow. THANKS..
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Re: Which diagnostic tool do you use?

Postby 07nnbs4x4 » May 21 2017, 7:07pm

My job, I work as a Mechanic, has the Snap-On Verus. Probably the best hand held diagnostic tools available and can be had for around $8,500.

I do have, my own, Actron CP9695. Not cheap either, around $350, but a great hand held tool.
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Re: Which diagnostic tool do you use?

Postby 19trax95 » May 21 2017, 7:24pm

There are cheaper options than snapon.

But it all depends what you want to do with it. For home use I use the torque app. Does anything I need most of the time.

Anything else I use works snapon scan tool.

If you don't need all the functions the higher end scan tools have, and only want the ability to do basic stuff, then I'd take a look at something like this. Pricey but not too bad. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06XHKV5 ... Mwebp_QL65
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Re: Which diagnostic tool do you use?

Postby speedracer2016 [OP] » May 21 2017, 11:00pm

Yes, the Verus seems to be in a LOT of the videos. Unfortunately I am a tad short at $8500.00 I appreciate suggesting the other models and I will indeed take a look at them. Thanks again...
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Re: Which diagnostic tool do you use?

Postby HorizontalHunter » May 22 2017, 12:31am

I am using the Autel AL619 AutoLink ABS/Air Bag + OBDII Scan Tool. It gives me the basics with the Abs and airbag codes.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0091DJWV0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I am just a shade tree though.

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