Best OBD2 Scanner Tools – Reviews

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At a basic level, a car can be a rather simple machine. An internal combustion engine turns a shaft to provide power to the wheels, a steering system lets you point it in the right way and a braking system helps you to stop. As we can more and more technological, we add more into our cars.

Modern cars have any number of computers that control various aspects that most of the time you don’t even think about. That is until that annoying check engine light pops on. Then all of a sudden you are reminded that your car has been giving a lot of thought to other systems and one isn’t running right. You could drive it to a mechanic but why not at least get an idea of the problem with the best OBD2 Scanner available.

These tools can read the error file that caused your warning light to pop on. Some may give you a code, others may display what the issue is. From there you can decide if it is something that you’d like to try fixing or if you would rather let someone else handle it. Either way, armed with the Professional Diagnostic Tool you should have some idea of what is going on under the hood.

The more high-end the OBD2 scanner that you get, the better scanning options it provides. While most basic OBD2 scanners offer an engine scan, the more advanced ones offer some useful insights on things like ABS brakes and airbags.

Those things can be really helpful and are definitely worth the upgrade simply as you need those more often, which means more value for money. In addition to giving you an overall better value, it can contribute to your overall safety by making sure the braking system and the airbags are in top-notch condition.

Now that you’re familiar with Auto Scanner Tool and know what makes a good one, it’s time to take a look at some of the best available OBD2 scanners that you can get for your car.

How to Troubleshoot a 1995 Mercedes C-280 Engine

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When the engine of your 1995 Mercedes C280 is experiencing difficulties, it tells you of a problem or problems that need to be fixed. Although every problematic scenario is different, there are common troubleshooting tricks concluded by predecessors to handle known issues of the C280 engines. With some specialized tools, for example, an OBD scanner and being aware of the basic diagnostic methods can save you both time and money.

Things You’ll Need
Car ramps
Flashlight
Screwdriver
Socket wrench
Torx screw set
Rubber gloves
Safety glasses
Throttle-body cleaner
OBD II scanner
Mulitmeter
MAF cleaner
Computer with internet access

Instructions
1. Drive your Mercedes up on a set of car ramps and use a flashlight to inspect as much of the electrical harness wiring as possible. Most Mercedes-Benz vehicles manufactured between 1993 and 1997 have been known for having a faulty electrical harness that have caused fires or stalling out and loss of power while driving. If the wiring harness begins to disintegrate or degrade, have the entire harness replaced, as the problem will only continue to worsen, increasing the risk of driving the vehicle.
2. Disconnect the negative cable from your Mercedes C280 car battery and remove the throttle body hose clamp with a screwdriver. The throttle body is located between the intake manifold and the air filter cabin. Wearing rubber gloves and safety glasses spray throttle-body cleaner into the air duct and use gentle brushing to dislodge any grime present in the component. If you hear cracking sounds coming from the throttle body when cold-starting the C280, you may need to replace the entire throttle body if the cleaner does not improve its performance.
3. Use an OBD II scanner to check the Mercedes-Benz engine troubleshoot codes. Locate the C280’s OBD II terminal, which is located at the bottom left part of the steering column and plug in the OBD2 Scanner. Turn on the OBD II scanner and turn the ignition to the accessories position. Record the codes from the OBD II scanner and look them up on websites such as AutoZone or OBD II Codes.
4. Test electrical connections leading to any sensors that come up on the OBD II scanner before replacing the sensors themselves. Turn the ignition key to the “On” position without cranking the engine and apply the probes of a multimeter, set to voltage, to the electrical harness connection. If the connection reads between 4.0 and 5.0 volts, then the sensor needs replacement.
5. Clean your MAF (mass air flow) sensor if you are experiencing rough idling or stalling out. Disconnect the MAF sensor, which is located between the air filter cabin and the throttle body, by using a Torx screwdriver. Unplug the connector and clean it with MAF cleaner. Allow the MAF sensor to air dry before reinserting it into the MAF housing. Replace the MAF with a new sensor if the engine continues to run poorly.
6. Use a computer with internet access to look for potential problems through TSBs (technical service bulletins) or recalls. Currently, as of 2011, there are no recalls on the Professional Diagnostic Tool 1995 C280. However, there are 56 TSB summaries, which could help point out areas to troubleshoot when experiencing problems with your Mercedes.

Is this same or old version of the icarscan?

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It’s basically the same OBD-II Bluetooth device – but the software supplied with it is different – and the way it’s sold is different.

That one is without ANY vehicle/manufacturer specific diagnostics capability. As delivered it will do just OBD-II and some ABS diagnostics. Generic OBD-II. It won’t read the 30 or so modules in your Cayenne.

To get it to do that – you have to purchase the software for Porsche – which includes ALL Porsche cars. As someone mentioned – that’s about another $50, so you’re in at about $100 to JUST read Porsche codes. If you want additional vehicle manufacturers (all your cars aren’t Porsches) – each manufacturer will cost you another $50. So – the adaptor and 2 cars costs the same as the ICarScan one – which includes in the $158/price – the ability to choose 5 different car manufacturers.

Which is best for you? Dunno. At the time I bought mine – the Launch X431 Scan Tool (made by the company that writes the software running on the ICarScan) wasn’t readily available.

I only know one person who bought the one from Launch – and he seems happy with it. If you notice – there are versions of it available for around $80 that include 2 vehicle manufacturer’s diagnostics. That’s not a bad deal either.

I haven’t worked with that tool, and haven’t tried the ICarScan VCI. I know from seeing it – the software has some differences from the ICarScan software. Dunno if the differences are simply cosmetic or significant. If someone wants to buy one and send it to me I could do a side by side comparison. That might be interesting.

So that’s why not-really and no. But sorta…

Autel MaxiSys Elite Teamviewer update

1.Download and overlay TeamViewer QuickSupport 11.0.4203.apk on a USB memory and connect it to the
Autel Maxisys Elite  Platform SS Port (Super Speed port. The right-hand port, see image)

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2. Open the ES File Explorer on the Android desktop.

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3. Make sure the USB stick is recognized by the Autel Scanner.

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4. Click Teamviewer Quicksupport icons.

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5. Select install

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6. Select install Autel MaxiSys Elite Teamviewer update

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7. Select open.

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8. Enter your ID for support.

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Program Nissan GTR 2010 Remote Key with OBDSTAR X300 DP

How to program smart remote key 3-button to Nissan GTR year 2010 (with card slot) using OBDSTAR X300 DP/ Key Master DP tablet key programmer.

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Main steps:

Step 1: Read BCM code
Step 2: Calculate Pin Code
Step 3: Release steering wheel lock
Step 4: Program smart key
Step 5: Program chip
Step 6: Synchronize to start

Procedure:

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Mark all remotes with number 1, 2,3

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Remote number 1, 2 are programmed and number 3 is a new remote

Take all remotes out of the car

Close all doors and lock the steering lock

Step 1: Read 5-digit BCM Nissan code with  X300 DP
Select Nissan->Nissan/Infitini V31.56->4-digital Pin code->Smart key system->Auto search->Button type->with card slot

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Take all smart key out of the car and press Start button

Select Read BCM Code

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Read 5-digit BCM code success: 8D060

Step 2: Calculate pin code
Select Pincode calculate->4 Digit Pincode->BCM code
Turn ignition off
Confirm BCM code
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OBDSTAR X300DP calculated old pin code and new pin code

*GTR pre-2009 use old pincode
post-2009 use new pincode

Step 3 Release steering wheel lock

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Select BCM (steering wheel lock)
Turn ignition off
X300 DP will ask pin code to access

This car is year 2010, so we enter new pin code

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Steering wheel release success

Step 4: Program smart key with OBDSTAR Tool X300 DP

Put all remotes inside the car

Turn on hazard light
Select With card slot->smart key system

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Insert smart key into the slot (The slot is below the start button or the lower left corner

of the steering wheel) and switch ignition on

Select Program smart key
Press Yes if already releases steering wheel lock
Enter new pin code to access
Program successfully

Insert and turn on 5 seconds every keys

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Insert 1st remote and turn on 5 seconds
Insert 2nd remote and turn on 5 seconds

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Insert 3rd remote and turn on 5 seconds
Turn ignition off and take 3rd remote out

Step 5: Program chip

Insert 1st remote again turn ignition on and take out
Steering wheel lock release
Insert 2nd remote again turn ignition on and take out
Steering wheel lock release

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Insert 3rd remote, turn ignition on and press brake to start car for 10 seconds

Step 6: Synchronize to start

Turn off and take out remote
Open and close driver door
Turn off hazard light
Test all remotes

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All remote worked.