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Re: OBD scanner question

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10-18-2012 03:59:46

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There are basically three catagories for the tool you need to consider. Diagnostic tools reveal a lot of on-board data in different modes like mode six for emmission controls as well as two way controls for actuating components and too numerous to mention functions. Most are OEM models. Scan tools are a step down, but reveal a lot of useful data for many techs and can still access the BCM, TCM, ABS and other modules. Code readers have very limited ability but are inexpensive. They'll give you the code, but not much else and they usually don't have access to all systems on the data bus. Your knowledge level and ability to use the data will determine the proper tool. We bought a DRB III last year for $8,000. Scan tools roughly $800.00 and up and code readers can be had for under $100.00. Gerard

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Bryan iniowa

10-19-2012 05:19:44

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 Re: OBD scanner question in reply to ASEguy, 10-18-2012 03:59:46  
Isn't DRBIII phased out ? Wi scan or what ever it is the new Mopar factory tool ? I have been looking to upgrade to factory tool but chrysler changes tooling with every ownership change it seems . My snap On Modis has been great ,and they have really upped their game ,,but hard to beat factory scanner .

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10-20-2012 02:47:24

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 Re: OBD scanner question in reply to Bryan iniowa, 10-19-2012 05:19:44  
It is used less, but quite a few of our students go to dealerships where they will use these and the Tech II. It is useful on many models and allows us to teach two way controls with different features to future tech's. We feel if they see more equipment they will be better prepared. Gerard

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Bryan iniowa

10-20-2012 07:03:10

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 Re: OBD scanner question in reply to ASEguy, 10-20-2012 02:47:24  
Very true . Whatever shop they go into isn't always going to have latest and greatest factory scan tools . could imagine what that would cost for an Indy shop ? I have Tech II and a Modis . Looking at a Ford IDS ,,but they really changed their program and subscription price skyrocketed . Where are you teaching at?

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