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Obd2 Code Readers
Updated December 9, 2022
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FOXWELL Car Scanner NT604 Elite OBD2 Scanner ABS SRS Transmission, Check Engine Code Reader,Diagnostic Scan Tool with SRS Airbag Scanner,Car Diagnostic Scanner for Cars
🔔【Easy to Use--Work out of box】+【FOXWELL 2022 New Version】 FOXWELL NT604 Elite scan tool is the 2022 new version from FOXWELL, which is designed for those car owners who want to figure out the cause issue before fixing the car problem via scanning the most common systems like abs srs engine and transmission.The NT604 Elite diagnostic tool comes with latest software, which can be used out of box. No need to waste time to download the software first.
🍎【Affordable】+【Reliable Car Health Monitor】 Will you be confused what happen when the warning light of abs/srs/transmission/check engine flashes? Instead of taking your cars to dealership, this foxwell scanner will help you do a thorough scanning and detection for your lovely cars and pinpoint the problem for you, which saves time and money for you. It will turn off the warning light for you after you fix the problem, making you to know more about your cars and do your own repair.
🥑【2 in 1 Diagnostic Scanner】Compared with those auto scanners (50-100 USD), NT604 Elite code scanner not only includes their OBDII diagnosis but also it can be an abs/srs scanner, transmission and check engine code reader. When it’s an odb2 scanner, you can use it to check if your car is ready for annual emission test through I/M readiness menu. In addition, live data stream, built-in DTC library, data play back and print, all these features are a big plus for it.
🍓【Fantastic AUTOVIN】+【No extra software fee】Through the AUTOVIN menu, this NT604 Elite car scanner allows you to get your VIN and vehicle info rapidly, no need to take time to find your VIN and input one by one. What's more, the NT604 Elite abs srs scanner supports 60+ car makes from worldwide (America/Asia/Europe). You don’t need to pay extra software fee.
9.6
JunkieScore
20% OFF
3
(Upgraded V6) ANCEL V6 PRO+ Bidirectional Scan Tool, Enhanced BT Bluetooth Automotive OBD2 Diagnostic Code Reader All System Car Scanner with 25+ Resets, Key Programmer, Auto ABS Bleed Injector Coding
【2022 Most Cost-Effective Diagnostic Tool】ANCEL V6 PRO+ OBD2 Scanner with a Bluetooth VCI Dongle (Valued $160), is an improved version of V6 PRO, which maintains its stable performance, upgraded from wired to wireless connection, and adds more advanced functions. Supports bidirectional control, active test, OE-level full diagnosis, 25 services, 2 years free update(worth $300), so that mechanics can troubleshoot easily to ensure smooth workflow, is a must-have diagnostic tablet for car owners.
【All Bi-directional Control / Active Test】V6 PRO Plus professional bidirectional scan tool can send and receive information to and from a vehicle’s onboard computer. In other words, it can request information from vehicle or send commands to the vehicle’s modules. Those commands will make the module perform specific tests and functions. Such as Window/Mirror/Door Lock Test, Fuel Pumps test, EGR test, Modulate the throttle and more. It is an excellent choice for DIY home mechanics.
【25+ Services including Key Programmer】V6 PRO+ OBD2 Scanner Diagnostic Tool is designed for home mechanics and workshops, garages. Supports 25+ most popular reset functions for almost of vehicles, including Oil reset, ABS bleeding, TPMS/EPB/SAS reset, Battery registration, DPF Regen, Injector Coding, key programming (disable lost keys, add new keys), etc. Help you handle all kinds of complex maintenance problems easily. Please send VIN to us to check compatibility and get real-time support before you purchase.
【OE-Level Full System Diagnostics for Over 100+ Car Makers】ANCEL V6 PRO+ Auto Car Scanner works with 100+ car manufacturers and 99% vehicle models, providing you with dealer-level diagnostics that deliver accurate and in-depth results across all available control modules. Fastly and accurately diagnose ABS, SRS, Engine, Transmission, TPMS, Brake System, Suspension System, BODY and much more, so you can quickly troubleshoot the root cause, and clear the fault code after the problem is fixed.
Color
black
9.4
JunkieScore
4
FOXWELL NT809BT BiDirectional Scan Tool Bluetooth, 3-Year Free Update Wireless All System Code Reader Car Diagnostic Tool, Active Tests, 30+Resets OBD2 Scanner CANFD/DOIP/Injector Coding/ABS Bleeding
Warranty1 Year
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🔥【2022 MOST Worth Buying Top-Level Diagnostic Scanner】Foxwell NT809BT Car Scanner equipped with a Bluetooth VCI Dongle (Valued $120)to enable wireless diagnosis, which using newest BT technology to make data transmission more stable and no delay✅Functional Bi-Directional Control✅30+ Services saving ton of maintenance cost✅Full Systems Diagnostic to point out your problems soon✅Powerful Compatibility, Cover 108+Brands Cars, Support CAN-FD/CAN/KWP/DOIP Protocol, FCA Autoauth.
🔥【Foxwell Most Affordable Tablet Auto Scanner】☑️NT809BT Car Diagnostic Scanner for All Cars Equipped with high performance Android 9.0 System, bright 7" all touchscreen and Intuitive interface☑️One-click WiFi Update, 3-Year Free Update($400 WORTH)☑️Built-in browser, No-IP Restriction☑️Auto VIN&Scan☑️As Comprehensive Upgrade Version of FOXWELL NT809/NT624/NT726/NT630, to greatly enhance the user experience and offer you a faster, more accuracy, and smooth diagnostic process.
🚒【Worth $400+ BI-DIRECTIONAL CONTROL】Active Test is capable of sending and receiving information to and from your car's different components, which help you to pull the data needed to see what's wrong and command it to perform particular tests, like lock/unlock a single door, roll a single window, turn off/on light. It is great for narrowing down and pinpointing accurately the problems.
Weight
3 lbs
Color
Wireless Version
9.3
JunkieScore
5
Ancel DS600 Bidirectional Scan Tool, All Systems OBD2 Car Diagnostic Scaner, 34+ Services Code Reader, ECU Coding, Key Programmer, ABS Bleed/Oil Reset/TPMS/DPF/EPB/SAS/AutoVIN-2022 Newest
🛒【Free Gifts for free Try 】 As the new model of ANCEL, we offer a FREE battery tester 12V - BT200 valued $35.99 to encourage you to try this brand new code readers & scan tools ANCEL DS600. Just click "Extra Saving" under price and add both to your cart. Limited quantity. First come, first served.
🚗【Bi-directional Control/Active Test】 + 【ECU Coding】: ANCEL DS600 bidirectional scan tool features bi-directional control ability (active test), it send commands to many systems/components to test their working status to find faults, without using the vehicle controls. Meanwhile, advanced ECU coding function allows you to flash the hidden features, or disable the annoying functions, and reprograms the adaptive data for certain components after repairs or replacements.
【Full Systems Code Reader】+ 【Intelligent Diagnosis】+ 【Live Data Stream】Learn about all of your vehicle's system issues with just one ANCEL DS600 car diagnostic scaner. With scanning ABS, EPB, SRS, EPB, TPMS, SAS, transmission, ESP and other systems, reading codes, erasing codes, getting ECU information, clearing fault lights, intelligent diagnosis and 12-in-one real-time data stream graph, you can pinpoint your vehicle's problems quickly and accurately.
【34+ Reset Services including Key Programming】ANCEL D600 OBD2 scanner inchludes both 10 obdii functions and 34+ hot reset functions: ABS bleeding, IMMO(key programmer), EPB, oil reset, DPF Regen, TPMS, TPS, SRS, SAS calibration, Gear learning, injector coding, BMS, and still growing, makes this bidirectional scanner an standard choice for car shop owners.➤ Kindly Note: Reset Service espacially Program keys need to confirm compatibility before purchase.
Color
ECU Coding Car Scanner
9.0
JunkieScore
7
INNOVA 5210 - OBD2 Diagnostic Code Scanner - Read/Erase ABS Codes, View Live Data, Battery/Charging System Test
MAINTAIN PEAK PERFORMANCE AND SAFETY ON THE ROAD - The 5210 OBD2 Scanner helps you easily find the problem and fix the problem. Use the mobile application RepairSolutions2 on Apple App Store or Google Play for real-time solutions and fixes to your automotive issues. With this app, get verified fixes, find and purchase the exact part required for repair, view maintenance schedules, buy parts, receive technical bulletins, dealer and safety recalls, and access to Innova’s best-in-class database.
PREMIUM OBD2 CODE READER WITH ENHANCED COVERAGE AND FUNCTIONALITY - This car diagnostic tool empowers home mechanics, automotive enthusiasts, and service & repair technicians with professional-level functionality. It is a vehicle code reader that reads and clears OBD engine codes and displays all vehicle information from when a trouble code was triggered. This Innova scan tool supports English, Spanish, and French.
LIVE DATA FOR MORE ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS - With the Innova 5210 obd scanner live data you can see your vehicle’s essential information like RPM, speed, and oil temperature in real-time to help identify and correct problems. You can also check and test your battery and alternator, so you know whether you need to bring your car to a technician or not.
EASY SELF-DIAGNOSIS OF EMISSION STATUS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Know your smog check results before your state does. This car check engine light reader determines whether you’ll pass a state vehicle smog test. This OBD2 scan tool can also provide trip cycle procedures for completing your smog check. This engine reader includes functions for ABS (Brake) to make sure you’re always driving safely.
8.6
JunkieScore
28% OFF
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FOXWELL Automotive Obd2 Scanner NT624 Elite All Systems Diagnostic Scan Tool for All Cars with Oil Light EPB Service Reset, Check Engine ABS SRS SAS EPS HVAC Headlamp Code Reader
Warranty5 Years
☑️【All IN ONE Auto Scanner】 As a automotive diagnostic tool, NT624elite meets your expectation for scanner from entry level to professional, which does not only provides accurate and professional diagnosis of all systems, but also provides oil lamp reset and EPB service. 😊【Latest Upgrade Menu】 The latest menu provides historical diagnostic vehicle information, which help you to quickly enter the vehicle diagnosis. 🔑The new menu is available through software updates
☑️ 【All System Diagnostic Capability】Whatever electronic control modules encounter issues, NT624 elite will find the root cause of the warning light and reset the warning light after you fixed the issue. Read codes, clear codes, live data, read information can be supported on all available systems, which allows you save thousands of dollars in diagnosis and repair.
☑️【Oil Light Reset + EPB Activate Scanner 】When maintenance light is on, or after replace the brake pads and brake pad wear sensor, or brake pad indicator light is on, or after the brake pad sensor circuit is short-circuited and repaired, or after replacing the servo motor, you will need a service reset tool. NT624elite automotive scanner will allow you reset oil lamp, deactivate & activate of EPB, bleed brake fluid, open and close brake pads, and set brakes after disc or pad replacement.
☑️【Perfect Compatibility + Auto VIN】NT624elite auto scanner provides quick diagnosis on all available car systems of 60+ worldwide mainstream cars makes. With auto VIN scan feature, NT624E automotive tools provides quick and accurate vehicle identification, helping you point the cause issue quickly by reading codes, freeze frame and real-time live data. Oil reset coverage for 49+ vehicle makes, EPB coverage for 42+ vehicle makes. Which makes it suitable for both mechanic and DIYers.
Color
black
8.5
JunkieScore
11% OFF
9
Thinktool Pro Bi-Directional Scanner, Thinkcar All Systems Bluetooth OBD2 Diagnostic Scan Tool, Code Reader 31+ Resets, Key Match, ECU Coding, Autoauth for FCA SGW, 2 Years Free Update (34 Reset)
WarrantyOne Year
[2022 New Thinktool Pro Professional Scaner] OE-Level features➤ADAS Calibration (need Thinkcar ADAS calibration rack)➤AutoAuth for FCA SGW which makes pros works with Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Fiat after 2017.➤Setting & Changeover (adblue reset, unlock the engine after collision, cancel ABS driving test, etc...) for Benz ➤Modification for BMW ➤Offline Coding ➤Customization ➤Personalization, for worldwide vehicles, and keep growing.
[Bi-Directional +ECU Coding+ All System+Over 31+Reset Services+ Active Test + Adaptation+ Initialization + Matching] Thinktool pros works for all the modules /systems, actuate solenoids and actuators for active testing, cover diagnostic and reset, graphing detailed parameters live data for FULL systems (Key matching, Gear/SAS/EPB/TPMS/DPF/IMMO/BMS/ETS/Oil/Brake/AFS/EGR/GEARBOX/SUNROOF/SUS Reset, ABS Bleed, Injector coding). Find hidden issue for Full automotive systems.
[Best Hardware And Software + 99% Car Brands + 2 Years Free Update] Thinkcar Pros is equipped with newer Android 10 system, 8 inch bigger Screen, 6000Mah larger battery capacity, and larger 2G+32G memory. New vehicles, newly added parameters, and functionality at your fingertips, up to 100000 car models in the world. Supports MULTI-LANGUAGES (English,German,Spanish,French,Italian,Japanese,Portuguese,Russian,Chinese)
[Support 8 Extra Diagnosis Module from Thinkcar + Tire Pressure Program] Thinkcar Bluetooth Scanner supports component protection (VW, Audi) and development modules: printer, work light, endoscope, battery detection, oscilloscope Thermal imaging, charging base, wireless tire pressure diagnostic tools. Thinkcar is dedicated to be the Reliable Car Care Expert for every car owner. Using the tire pressure diagnosis module, you can learn/program/match the tire pressure.
Color
black and Red
8.3
JunkieScore
44% OFF
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(Upgraded NT604) FOXWELL NT614 Elite OBD2 Scanner - ABS SRS Transmission Check Engine Code Reader EPB Oil Light Reset Scan Tool, Airbag Car Diagnostic Scanner, Auto VIN, Live Data, Smog Test
Warranty12-month
✅【Upgraded of NT604 Elite/FX2000/CRP123】+【Worth the $$$$$】Only need 100+ dollars!1️⃣Covers all the functions of these auto scanner: Not only a engine scanner, abs srs code reader, obd2 scanner transmission to check & turn off warning light for 4 systems, but also do dialy maintenance: Electronic Parking Brake Tool and Oil Light Reset.2️⃣Full OBD2 Mode for all cars after 1996.3️⃣Coverage 99% vehicles, live data, AutoVIN Scan and ect. Lifetime free update and don't pay to extra.
💵【4 In 1 Diagnostic Scanner, Fit Your Needs Perfectly, Save Time & Money】Compared with 1/2/3 system scanner, NT614 Elite ob2 scanner is Engine Transmission ABS SRS scan tool, having the foxwell scanner to know why the lights of 4 system are keeping on, before taking your car to the mechanic, you can go armed with knowing the possible problems, and the range of how much you could probably spend for the repair(s). After got it fixed, reset/cleared fault codes and turned off the warning light.
👍【EPB Service Tool & Oil Light Reset, Great Value for you】Unlike other 4 system car computer code reader, nt614 elite car code reader ​will guide you through simple maintenance fixes which you can do Oil Light Reset and Electric Parking Brake(EPB) service yourself. ALL diagnostic data can be record and you can print report. Even if you are a beginner, you can do basic maintenance on your own.
👍【Scan Tool OBD2 Live Data】The obd2 scanner diagnostic tool ​merges PID graphs for easy and intuitive diagnosis. The parameter of Engine speed, reference voltage, start signal, engine load, engine running time, vehicle speed, battery voltage, electrical load switch, gas distribution, fuel injection, ignition, auxiliary, transmission temperature, engine coolant temperature, etc will be shown in live data.
Weight
2 lbs
Color
Transmission Airbag ABS Engine EPB Oil Light Tool
8.2
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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