Even if you don't repair your vehicle yourself, knowing the Diagnostic Trouble Code number before taking the vehicle in for repair is good knowledge to have. Once the vehicle is repaired, the Diagnostic Trouble Code(s) can be erased and the Check Engine light turned off using this scan tool.
In areas that require a smog test, an illuminated Check Engine light fails the emission test, even if the repaired vehicle might otherwise pass inspection. This OBD II Scan Tool turns off the Check Engine light.
Another highly useful application for the scan tool is purchasing used vehicles. Used vehicles can have all sorts of expensive mechanical or electrical problems. Since our scanner is a portable device, the buyer can connect the scan tool to the vehicle and in a few seconds determine if the vehicle has detected a problem. Remember, not all Diagnostic Trouble Codes illuminate the Check Engine light and a scan tool is the only way to obtain the information.
This reader supports all four OBD II protocols:
SAE J1850 PWM
SAE J1850 VPW
ISO 14230 (KWP2000)
WHAT IS CAN?
Controller Area Network (or CAN) is the newest automotive communication protocol. CAN Protocol is around 50 times the speed of the older protocols.
CAN was used in some cars starting in 2003, and is the only protocol used on vehicles 2007 and later.
• GM '96 - Current Year (OBD-II)
• Ford '96 - Current Year (OBD-II)
• Chrysler '96 - Current Year (OBD-II)
• Toyota '96 - Current Year (OBD-II)
• Honda '96 - Current Year (OBD-II)
• NISSAN '96 - Current Year (OBD-II)
• All other Asian and European '96 - Current Year (OBD-II)
• All new CAN protocol cars.