April 15, 2024

Modern vehicles have so many sensors that turn on check engine light on the dash when your vehicle needs to be diagnosed and repaired. The readings of sensors are monitored by vehicle’s computer and diagnostics trouble codes are stored in the computer when it detects abnormal readings of the sensor. Automotive scan tools can access to these information so that you will be able to start diagnosing on the right area of the vehicle.They can work with a specific year, make and model of the vehicle. They have a variety of features. How to select an automotive scan tool depends on the tasks to be done, the price and the features that you need.Here is a start on how to select an automotive scan tool. First, you need to determine your vehicle’s year, make and model. You can get these information from the registration, insurance policy or a door sticker.Next, the budget, how much money you can spend for this tool. The average price range is from 20 dollars to 300 dollars. The price depends on features and functions of the scan tool. The more features they have, the more expensive they are.Keep in mind the relationship between the prices and the features and functions, you will determine the features and functions you need. This is the most important step in how to select an automotive scan tool.Ask yourself the following questions. You just want to read codes or you want to see real time readings of sensors such as coolant temperature, rpm, and so on? Does a bilingual or trilingual option help you read the codes? All you need is clear the codes and turn off check engine light or you need an enhancement testing features for vehicles of a specific make? What about a display of the scan tool? You only need a display large enough to show code numbers or you want a large display so you can see readings of sensor in graph, dial or meter? If so, are you interested in using your PC or mobile device as a scan tool? And maybe you need to read not only engine codes but also ABS or airbag codes.Answering these questions will help you choose the right one for you. Now you have picked up several ones. Check the price and compare each of them. And don’t forget to check the price on Amazon or eBay. They usually have a great discount. I hope that this article helped you on how to select an automotive scan tool.