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Autel Code Readers
Updated December 6, 2022
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Autel MaxiLink ML529 (2022 Upgraded Ver. of AL519) Code Reader with Lifetime Software Update, AutoVIN for Quick DTC, Turning Off Vehicle Engine/Emission Light, OBDII Scanner with One-Click Smog Check
🎁【Upgraded Ver. of AL519/ML519】As the upgraded Ver. of AL519, ML529 performs the AutoVIN function for quickly identifying manufacturer-specific codes, but the manufacturer-specific codes are not accessible using generic scan tools. If retrieved DTCs contain any manufacturer-specific codes, the AutoVIN function embedded in this tool will automatically display the definition of the code for you. Retrieves generic (P0, P2, P3 and U0), manufacturer-specific (P1, P3 and U1) and pending codes.
🎁【2022 Newest -- All 10 Modes of OBDII Tests】Autel ML529 OBDII scanner can perform all 10 modes of OBDII tests for complete OBD2 diagnosis, including read codes, erase codes, view live data, patented one-click smog check, freeze frame data, O2 monitor test, on-board monitor test, component test, view vehicle information, module present. ML529 scanner is the most complete & cost-effective OBD2 code reader for home mechanics and DIYers to solve check engine light issue and daily quick check.
🎁【I/M Readiness (Emissions) Status】ML529 features patented I/M One-Click Readiness key for quick State Emissions readiness check(smog check) and drive cycle verification. Coming with TFT color display to show DTC definitions more clearly, built-in speaker provides audible indication, LED Indicator, a long cable, AL519 is super easy to use even if you are new to car repair. Reads enhanced codes in Powertrain system for Ford, GM and Chrysler.
🎁【Turn off Check Engine Light(MIL)】ML529 code reader check engine code reader offers complete OBDII diagnostics from pulling DTCs, read live data stream of various sensors, capture freeze frame data to show how the issue happened, to even perform On-Board Monitor Test(Mode 6), O2 Monitor test, and Component Test to check misfire and fuel system to locate bad O2 sensors and figure out the root cause of the Check Engine Light (CEL) and help you turn it off in the most efficient way.
Color
black
9.6
JunkieScore
38% OFF
3
Autel OBD2 Scanner MaxiDiag MD806 Pro Code Reader, Full System Scan Tool, Diagnostics Scanner with 7 Reset Services, Oil/BMS/SAS/DPF/EPB/AFThrottle Adaptation, Free Lifetime Upgrade
Warranty1 Year Seller Warranty
【UPGRADED VERSION of MD806/MD802 +2022 NEWEST VERSION OBD2 SCANNER】Autel MD806Pro is upgrade version Autel MD806/Autel MD802/Autel MD808, LIFETIME FREE update .We also upgraded the hardware: 4.0 inches LCD with 800*4 8 0 resolution display, Fast ARM Thumb Processor running at up to 400 MHz, to give you better user experience.➤Fast delivery by amazon.
【ALL SYSTEMS DIAGNOSTIC + FULL OBDII FUNCTIONS】Based on Autel MD806, Autel MD806Pro scan tool scans all the systems on a car (Engine, Transmission, ABS,SRS, and Powertrain etc.) to read / clear codes, read live data, ECU information and freeze frame. Full OBDII functions of this scanner are effective to quick & precise diagnostics of your vehicle (Read OBDII Data/Erase Codes …), and are great for passing the emission test smoothly (I/M Readiness Check, O2 Sensor Test, On-Board Monitor Test…).
【7 SERVICE FUNCTIONS + AUTOVIN SCAN + DTC LOOKUP 】This Autel MD806 Pro obd2 scanner features 7 most used reset service: Oil Reset, Electronic Parking Brake Release, Steering Angle Sensor Calibration, Diesel Particulate Filter Service, Battery Management System Service, Throttle Matching, Adjust A/F. The Auto VIN technology can identify vehicle make, model, and year information to shorten the vehicle navigation process. DTC LookUp of the retrieved code for better interpretation and analysis.
【15 Languages Support + OVER 10000+ VEHICLE MODELS 】Multilingual supported: English, Traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, and Greek.The Autel MD806 Pro obd2 scanner works on 58 vehicle brands, Cover OBD1/OBD2/EOBD/JOBD vehicle, mostly manufactured from 1996 to 2015 . Please send VIN to check the compatibility if your car is from 2015 and newer.
Weight
3 lbs
9.5
JunkieScore
5
Autel AutoLink AL519 OBD2 Scanner Enhanced Mode 6 Car Diagnostic Tool Check Engine Code Reader CAN Scan Tool, Advanced Ver. of AL319
👍【Upgrade of AL319】Autel AL519 is a plug-and-play handheld OBD2 car check engine scanner. Upgraded from AL319, instead of just reading and clearing codes, AL519 can perform all OBDII functions (mode 1~10), and provide quick DTC lookup and live data in text & graph. It retrieves generic(P0, P2, P3, and U0), manufacturer specific(P1, P3, and U1) codes and pending codes, vehicle VIN, turn off CEL, check I/M readiness status for ready test, locate bad parts like a O2 sensor, do evap leak test, etc.
👍【Full OBD2 Functions】Generally only the scanners in auto parts stores are equipped with full OBD2 diagnosis, as they can handle more complex OBD2 issues. But this little guy has those too! AL519 car scanner integrates all OBD2 functions (10 modes), including: read code, clear code, view live data, freeze frame data, vehicle info, check I/M readiness status, O2 monitor test, on-board monitor test, EVAP leak test, modules present. Anyone who has cars knows it’s well worth the price!
👍【Read/Clear Codes & DTC Lookup】Knowing the accurate codes in advance if you don't want to be ripped off. You can use AL519 scanner to read the codes to quickly locate the problem areas, then determine if you can do the repair yourself or go to a mechanic, and clear the codes to get everything back to normal. When read out the DTCs, you can click the button to display what the codes mean, and DTC Lookup functions work as a DTC library to search meanings for DTCs, no need to google or guess it.
👍【Turn Off CEL & Smog Check】The Check Engine Light is always annoying you, most of the time because of a little thing like a loose gas cap, isn't it? With AL519 scan tool, you can read codes to quickly find out why the check engine light is on and reset it. Don’t waste money on a failed smog test! AL519 can retrieve I/M Readiness status to make sure OBD2 monitors on your car are “Ready”, monitors like misfire, fuel, catalyst, O2 sensors, EVAP, etc, to help you pass the annual smog check.
Color
Red
9.1
JunkieScore
7
Autel Scanner MaxiCheck MX808, 2022 Bidirectional Control Scan Tool, Same as MaxiCOM MK808, Active Test, 28+ Services, All Systems, FCA AutoAuth, Injector Coding, ABS Bleeding, Work with MV105/ MV108
🥇【2022 NEW ADDED FUNCTIONS】Autel MX808 scanner has been fully upgraded which is equal to $749 valued MP808 scanner. 👉Click the "Update" icon to upgrade the system version to V2.62 or above to get all new features. 👍 Bi-Directional Control/Active Tests 👍 Support 2018 and later FCA cars AutoAuth login such as Chrysler, JEEP, Dodge, Fiat, etc. 👍 Examine Difficult-To-Reach Areas (work with MV108/ MV105 ). At the same cost, you will get Autel MX808 with more possibilities, why don't have a try?
🚘【BETER AFTER-SALE SERVICE THAN MK808】Autel original MaxiCheck MX808 is US model of MK808, same functions as MaxiCom MK808. The big difference is Autel MX808 diagnostic scanner comes with the best after-sale service not only online but also offline stores. The Autel MX808 has been proven by engineers with many years of experience and is the most trusted product. With the best tech support and the most reliable quailty , MX808 is the best choose for both work shops and auto technicians.
🚘【BI-DIRECTIONAL CONTROL/ ACTIVE TESTS】 In terms of the bidirectional control, Autel MX808 is the king of Autel's performance. Autel MX808 bidirectional scanner can control the various systems and components of the vehicle such as Injector tests, turning on/off headlamps/ fuel pump, cycling the a/c, clutch on/ off, Oil Pressure Test, Vehicle level position calibration, Brake Vacuum Pump, Inlet, and Outlet Valve tests, door, sunroof, etc. NOTE: Pls send 17 digits' VIN to check compatibility.
🚘【DIAGNOSE ALL AVAILABLE MODULES】Autel MX808 diagnostic tablet scanner can scan all available electronic systems like Engine, ABS, SRS, Trans, EPB, Chassis, Steering, TPMS, Fuel, Light System and A/C system, Body and etc to perform full diagnostics to read/clear codes, view live data stream of multiple sensors in text or graph and retrieve ECU info. With Auto VIN & Auto Scan features, MX808 can perform an efficient and accurate full diagnosis. NOTE: Auto VIN feature does NOT work on all cars.
8.8
JunkieScore
8
Autel AL519 OBD2 Scanner, Professional Mechanic OBDII & CAN Car Diagnostic Code Reader Tool for Check Engine Light, One-Click Smog Check, DTCs Lookup, Upgraded Ver. of AL319/ MS309
🔥【All 10 Modes of OBDII Tests】Autel AL519 OBDII scanner can perform all 10 modes of OBDII tests for complete OBD2 diagnosis, including read codes, erase codes, view live data, patented one-click smog check, freeze frame data, O2 monitor test, on-board monitor test, component test, view vehicle information, module present. AL519 scanner is the most complete & cost-effective OBD2 code reader.
🔥【Turn off Check Engine Light(MIL)】AL519 check engine code reader offers complete OBDII diagnostics from pulling DTCs, read live data stream of various sensors, capture freeze frame data to show how the issue happened, to even perform On-Board Monitor Test(Mode 6), O2 Monitor test, and Component Test to check misfire and fuel system to locate bad O2 sensors and figure out the root cause of the Check Engine Light (CEL).
🔥【Wide Vehicle Coverage】Autel AutoLink AL519 car diagnostic tool supports all OBD2 protocols: KWP2000, ISO2000, ISO9141, J1850 VPW, J1850 PWM and CAN and can work on almost all OBDII compliant vehicls- post 1996 for cars sold in the U.S., post 2006 for EU-based and post 2009 for Asia-based cars.
🔥【DTC Definition Lookup】Fed up with cheap code readers that you have to google the meaning of the codes? Look no further! Autel offers the AL519 auto diagnostic scanner that comes with DTC Lookup and DTC Breaker features showing you the definitions and descriptions of the DTCs in no time! No more guesswork or frowning upon the contradictory opinions on the internet!
Color
Red
8.6
JunkieScore
9
Autel AL529 AutoLink Vehicle OBD2 Scanner Car Code Reader Auto Diagnostic Tool Read/Erase Codes Freeze Frame Data, Enhanced Codes in Powertrain System for Ford/GM/Chrysler, Free Lifetime Update
👍[Identification Detection]👍Retrieves vehicle identification information (VIN, CALID and CVN)/AutoVIN function for quick manufacturer-specific code identification/Reads enhanced codes in Powertrain system for Ford, GM and Chrysler/Enhanced OBDII Mode 6 access/Retrieves generic (P0, P2, P3 and U0), manufacturer-specific (P1, P3 and U1) and pending codes/Easily determines the cause of the Check Engine Light/ Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL)
👍[Views Data]👍Views freeze frame data , Reads live PCM data stream, Displays live O2 sensor test data, Graphs data, Reads, stores and plays back live sensor data, Displays monitor and I/M readiness status.
👍[Maintenance Function]👍Turns off Check Engine Light, clears codes and resets monitors, Troubleshooter code tips aid technician in efficient vehicle diagnostics and repair, Patented One-Click Readiness Key for quick State readiness check and drive cycle verification, Color-coded LEDs and built-in speaker provide visual and audible tone for readiness verification.
👍[System Compatibility]👍Compatible with domestic, Asian and European vehicles, 1996 and newer, Multilingual (including English, Spanish and French) menus and DTC definitions, Internet Updatable, Prints data via Windows PCF.🔔For any questions, please contact obd2mart @ outlook. com by email.🔔
8.5
JunkieScore

Simple OBD2 Scanner Buying Guide

Author Ann M
Published on October 19, 2022
by Ann M

This guide will cover Onboard Diagnostic Scanners (OBD2) and why this affordable and invaluable tool should be as ubiquitous as a spare tire for nearly all vehicle owners. Every domestic or imported vehicle manufactured since 1996 is mandated to be equipped with a data port located near the driver’s seat. In the years prior to 1996, domestically sold vehicles weren’t required to feature these data ports. If you own a Ford, GM, Chrysler, or Toyota from the 1980s-1995, there is a scanner that is adaptable to OBD1 technology. More on that later.

Most drivers, when the inevitable check engine or oil change light pops-up, will race towards the nearest mechanic shop or dealer service center and begrudgingly shell-out $249 for a vehicle diagnostic check.

The price of OBD scanners has dropped precipitously in recent years, which means that they are no longer cost-prohibitive. Even if you are a neophyte to car repairs, you can’t afford to not feature one of these devices in your arsenal. It should be noted that major auto parts retailers will OBD scan your vehicle and provide you with codes free of charge, or let you borrow their scanner.

Next, I will outline the benefits of owning an OBD scanner, even if you aren’t mechanically inclined.

Benefits of Owning an OBD2 Scanner

- At a typical cost starting at $30, these devices are affordable, and will pay for themselves if they save you even one trip to the shop.
- Erase error codes and turn off oil change lights in your driveway.
- In-depth diagnostic information of all major systems of your vehicle, including predictive repairs.
- Spot-check the integrity and honesty of your mechanic.
- Avoid costly, unnecessary repairs.
- Diagnose and repair basic issues yourself without the need for expensive technicians.

Like most consumer electronics, selecting the right make and model can be a daunting task. In the next section, I will cover the basic differences between the types of OBD scanners and the features you should focus on.

Types & Features of OBD2 Scanners

Entry-level, or handheld scanners are hardwired, which means that you attach a cable adapter to the data port in your vehicle which transmits a wired signal to the device. The information they provide is basic, like typical error codes. You will be relegated to cross-referencing these codes to Google. Their scope is more narrow than the more expensive OBDs. Most of the entry-level models will not facilitate the removal of error lights, and provide only the most basic of diagnostic information.

Inexpensive OBDs are simply code readers, and more elaborate ones are scan tools. For the typical car owner seeking to audit their mechanic or assess and address a basic issue, a code reader is likely adequate. For more advanced diagnostics and car repairs, a scan tool is probably the answer. All scan tools are code readers, but not all code readers are scan tools.

Also available at the entry price level are dongle-style tools that plug into your data port and transmit all pertinent vehicle data to a number of different apps. They do not have wires, a keyboard, or a screen like handheld units.

At the top of the price range are the wireless OBDs, which transmit their data on-screen or via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to a customized app. These devices provide the most in-depth diagnostics, parts recommendations, service updates (like recalls), thorough vehicular systems evaluations, and repair instructions. They will also turn your check engine or oil change light off. They can even evaluate the health of your battery, and offer predictive information if a system is bound for maintenance or repair. They have the traditional keyboard and screen, but also work through diagnostic apps.

It’s important to cross-reference your vehicle with the model of scanner you are considering purchasing. Not all devices work with every make and model of cars.

If you are simply wanting to diagnose your check engine light, the less-expensive code readers will suffice. If you plan on tackling a portion of your ongoing maintenance and repairs and are fairly mechanically-adept, spring for one of the more elaborate scanning models.

The differences in scanners can be subtle, so scour the reviews to make an informed buying decision. In the next section, I’ll provide you with a few of the top-rated devices, their prices, and key features.

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