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Diagnostics/scanning tools - what/how/which

  • 28-07-2019 2:00pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,340 ✭✭✭ Mar4ix


    Hi folks, looking for car scanning tool for one my friend, who is not really in to electronics, but he needed it, as qiet offten need for his and his miss car. Because he lives good bit distance from me, some times i am unable help him.

    So looking to get a tool for him, i think about handheld device, not mad expencive, but pretty much capble.

    I am goin tomorow to visit him to do diagnostics and clear faults( recently was oil pump shaft broken and turbo on his audi, after repair audi is in permanent limp mode) so might somebody could advice good and reasonably priced scanner.

    Thanks


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  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,471 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko




    I just use a ELM327 from ebay (ten euro or so) and Torque app myself


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,340 ✭✭✭ Mar4ix


    biko wrote: »


    I just use a ELM327 from ebay (ten euro or so) and Torque app myself

    Yea, thats a good option, but my friend not good with electronics, phones or different connections. Bluetooth for him is too complicated.

    Looking more kind of stright foreword, handheld with wire, so would be easy enough me explain for him step by step.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,680 ✭✭✭ dodzy


    Mar4ix wrote: »
    Yea, thats a good option, but my friend not good with electronics, phones or different connections. Bluetooth for him is too complicated.

    Looking more kind of stright foreword, handheld with wire, so would be easy enough me explain for him step by step.

    No offense, but if BT is too complicated for him............


  • Registered Users Posts: 213 ✭✭ samjames


    can you get a scanner or laptop software at about few hundred that would erase fault codes of most cars, i was looking at launch and theres alot of scanners to choose from and then autocom but can someone recommend something thats good please


  • Registered Users Posts: 213 ✭✭ samjames


    Mar4ix wrote: »
    Yea, thats a good option, but my friend not good with electronics, phones or different connections. Bluetooth for him is too complicated.

    Looking more kind of stright foreword, handheld with wire, so would be easy enough me explain for him step by step.
    http://www.uobdii.com/wholesale/launch-x431-crp429c-auto-diagnostic-tool.html


    anyone have this, was thinking of purchasing it but not sure


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  • Registered Users Posts: 236 ✭✭ scannerd


    pm sent with good source for launch tools


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,986 ✭✭✭ greasepalm


    I was advised by a mate to get a Autel maxicom mk808 for garage as an upgrade from a brain bee and auto boss and needed to update subscription costing e125 per year something that gets overlooked when buying one.

    Did the early elm hook up to laptop and usb port also an idea if he has a laptop.+ many things getting used with android phones.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17 ✭✭✭ somorain


    scannerd wrote: »
    pm sent with good source for launch tools

    @scannerd : Can you recommend a WiFi OBD2 scan tool that supports wireless infrastructure mode?


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,687 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78


    im looking for a recommendation for a diagnostic tool, preferably no more than 100 euro, thats capable of checking airbag issues? thanks folks


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,624 ✭✭✭ zilog_jones


    From what I know, for anything outside of the ECU you'd need manufacturer-specific diagnostics stuff, or maybe the high-end professional products from the likes of Snap-on.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 404 ✭✭ Polo_Cluvie


    Hi guys anyone ever used the carista pro app for electronic park brake service etc?


  • Registered Users Posts: 633 ✭✭✭ Magown3


    Hi,

    I've a BMW and would like to purchase a hand held odb2 scanner that will show me fault codes and also force a regen of my dpf.

    Anyone out there recommend one that's less than 100 yoyo's?

    On the other hand, if there's one out there that you can recommend that can also program the car, I'd be willing to push the budget. Want video in motion and maybe add a reverse camera to the screen.

    Cheers


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,471 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    Magown3, have a look at the youtube video I posted above, maybe something there will suit.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,276 ✭✭✭ jmreire


    I use the MB iCarsoft 11 OBD reader, and find it very good for what I need..it allow's you to clear existing faults, but not to go too deep, and do damage. It costs about €150, and if you are interested in it, make sure that you buy from registered iCarsoft dealers, as otherwise, you will not be able to access the updates. I got mine from UK Direct. The one that I have is MB specific, but they make them for several makes, so google them ... www.iCarsoft.com have a look and see if you can find what you need.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,330 ✭✭✭ FishOnABike


    Can anyone reccomend an android mobile app that can read Ford Focus ABS module error codes or even just read / display the wheel sensor data ?



    I'm using a bluetooth OBDII adapter (https://xtrons.com/catalog/product/view/id/901/s/obd-ii-scanner-tool-obd01/). I usually use Torque and find it good but it doesn't read ABS fault codes and neither do any of the several other apps I've tried.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,765 ✭✭✭ tech


    anyone?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,027 ✭✭✭ Row


    tech wrote: »
    anyone?
    Its very good on cars/vans/trucks up to 2012 but after that it's not so good even tho its 2016 software.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,765 ✭✭✭ tech


    Thanks Row, what would you recommend software and hardware instead of Delphi and the diag tool


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,027 ✭✭✭ Row


    tech wrote: »
    Thanks Row, what would you recommend software and hardware instead of Delphi and the diag tool

    Launch X431 is pretty good and is good value plus the sw is up to 2020.
    Autel ap 200 is also pretty good but i would put launch ahead of it...both can reset service, program injectors,Wind back rear calipers, Force dpf regeration etc on most new makes models.
    Let me know if you need more Info.. ðŸ‘


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,765 ✭✭✭ tech


    thanks can you give me more info on these many thanks


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,027 ✭✭✭ Row


    tech wrote: »
    thanks can you give me more info on these many thanks

    Depends what you will be doing..?
    1,Full time mechanic using diagnostics more than 5 times a day.
    2,Part time mechanic using diagnostics 5 times per week
    3,Diyer using diagnostics Once per month.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,765 ✭✭✭ tech


    option 3! tks:)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,027 ✭✭✭ Row


    tech wrote: »
    option 3! tks:)

    Whats your budget..?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,765 ✭✭✭ tech


    150 -200

    i have the Delphi 2016 software.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,027 ✭✭✭ Row


    tech wrote: »
    150 -200

    i have the Delphi 2016 software.

    If your only going using it as diy and you have the 2016 sw then your eBay link is a good starter point...ðŸ‘


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,765 ✭✭✭ tech


    just need to confirm that ebay link device will work with the Delphi.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,027 ✭✭✭ Row


    tech wrote: »
    just need to confirm that ebay link device will work with the Delphi.

    Yes it should work with delphi autocom and Wurth sw...the quality of these boxes vary so you pay for what ya get.. 🙂


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,765 ✭✭✭ tech


    ok thanks


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  • Registered Users Posts: 21 ✭✭✭ Jonsturbo2


    Hi ,
    Thinking of purchasing an OBD blue tooth reader has anyone any advice or own one they can recommend. I don’t mind paying around 100 Euro for a good one . Or do the 20 Euro ones do the same job ?
    Checking for stored error codes is what I want it for as don’t really need the fancy dash display, unless someone says it’s very handy of course


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