The ultimate guide to ABS Scan Tools-2020

If you want to accurately diagnose your car, then you need a high quality ABS Scan Tool.

But, picking out the right ABS Scan Tool with great ABS qualities is tough.

Whether you need an ABS Scan Tool for Bleeding Brakes or checking your airbag system, it can be hard to find one you know you can rely upon.

Heck, just a quick google search of this brings up millions of results of Scan Tools with ABS qualities.

This can make the process of selecting an ABS Scan Tool or ABS Code reader very challenging, which is a huge pain since this type of tool is essential to conducting accurate diagnostics.

So, to help you out, we decided to put together this guide on ABS Scan Tools to help you pick out an OBD2 scanner with ABS capabilities.

Who we are

Just in case you’re curious as to why we believe you should take our opinion on automotive diagnostic tools seriously, let us fill you in!

We’re Innova Electronics, a company of 30+ years experience as an industry leader who happens to produce the fastest scanning ABS scan tools on the market.

Our company is driven by a passion to satisfy our customers, and that’s made possible by our brain trust of ASE certified technicians.

Innova happens to have the lowest defective return rates in the entire industry, and just for good measure we also offer a 365 day warranty on purchases.

To summarise; our opinion on Scan Tools with ABS qualities, or any automotive diagnostic device, is one that can be trusted.

What is an ABS Scan Tool?

Before we dive into what we consider to be the best options for ABS Scan Tools, let us first run down what an ABS Scan Tool actually is in case you’re unsure.

An ABS Scan Tool, also known as an OBD2 ABS Scanner, is a tool that helps you to identify faults in your vehicle that are connected to the airbag and brake systems.

So, in short, this tool is an essential to your effectiveness in automotive diagnostics.

After all, ensuring the well functioning of a vehicle’s safety systems should be at the top of the list of priorities in any diagnosis.

The tool can go by an array of names, including OBD2 ABS Scanners, ABS Code readers, or OBD2 Code readers with ABS.

There’s a host of ABS Tools on the market, so let us show you which ones you should spend your hard earned money on.

If you’re interested in finding the best options for OBD2 tools with ABS, then read on!

Innova 5510 – CarScan Tech $249.99

We’re kicking this guide off in style, with the ultimate ABS Scan Tool on the market.

This ABS Scanner is truly the premium option, coming with both essential and special features to provide you with shop quality diagnostics in the palm of your hand.

One of its key features is the ability to bleed brakes for both EPB and ABS brakes. This not only means it is a versatile tool in terms of features, but also makes it the top tier ABS Scan Tool for bleeding brakes.

Not to mention that this tool also ticks boxes outside of ABS testing.

This includes the ability to read and diagnose tire pressure and sensor data.

That’s right, the CarScan Tech #5510 also enables you to monitor the pressure on your tires.

And there’s also the impressive trait of being able to produce real time verification on when transmission fluid is within the correct operating range when you want to conduct diagnosis or those all important fluid changes.

Then there’s also the more essential features for an ABS Scanner, including:
– OBD1 Coverage
– Real Hybrid Cell Battery Voltage
– Live Data Stream
– All 10 OBD2 Mode Compatibility
– Oil Level and Oil Life monitoring
– Battery/Charging System Checks
– All System Network Scans
– BMS/Battery Reset Initialization
– Emissions/Smog Checks

Want to learn more about this tool? Then just check out this video!

If the extensive array of features on this ABS Scan Tool don’t do it justice, then we’re sure the rave reviews on the product will.

Just listen to some of the feedback that we’ve had for this product:

“Accurate and easy to use”

“I’ve been in the market for a good OBD2 scanner for a while now. This thing is everything I need and more.”

“if you are looking to dig into your car’s brain this tool has many features and should do the job for you.”

“My brother in law used it and said it was better than his which was more money!”

People who have bought this ABS Scan Tool love it, and feel free to check out the rest of the reviews here!

All in all the CarScan Tech #5510 has an extensive array of features that make it an excellent option as an ABS Scan Tool for bleeding brakes or checking airbags with.

Despite not being a Bi Directional Scan Tool, it is still perfect for ABS duties that you need to carry out during diagnostics.

And, if you’re looking to buy it’s easy.

Just click here!

If you’re looking for an ABS Code Reader on a mid range budget then just read on!

We’ve got you covered.

Innova 5410 – CarScan Diagnostics $179.99

We understand that as a Scan Tool with ABS capabilities goes, the CarScan Tech #5510 may be a little pricey.

So, for a ABS Scan Tool with great features and a friendlier price tag, we recommend the CarScan Diagnostics #5410.

It may not be the premium that the first product of this guide was, but it is still an excellent option for someone looking to conduct automotive diagnostics.

Let’s look at it’s key features.
Arguably the most impressive feature of this OBD2 ABS Scanner is its ability to run network scans on all systems.

This gives you the ability to comprehensively read and clear ECU modules and whatever trouble codes they produce.

It also accommodates BMS/Battery Reset and Initialization.

This is a huge asset to have on your side, due to the fact that it allows you to ensure that a vehicle is properly programmed and ready to accept a new battery.

On the topic of batteries, it also gives the user the ability to read hybrid battery cell voltage, and this is something that makes it easy to diagnose battery and charging issues.

All these features, of course, come alongside top tier ABS diagnosis features to assess your brake systems and airbags.

And let’s not forget that with the Innova 5410 you also get features including:
Compatibility with all 10 OBD2 Modes.
– Engine checks.
– Oil Level and Oil Life.
– Oil light reset.
– Emissions/Smog Checks.
– Live Data Stream.

If you’re looking to learn more about this ABS Diagnostic Tool, then just watch this video.

Here at Innova we pride ourselves on the service we give to our customers.

We also believe there’s no greater validation of a product’s quality than the opinions of those buying them.

So let us share with you some reviews on this OBD2 ABS Scanner.

“Fits a gap in the higher end of consumer scanners”

“A good economical solution”

“Great diverse scanner”

“Easy to use”

Feel free to look at the rest of our Amazon reviews, right here.

It’s clear that even though the CarScan #5410 isn’t as feature rich as the CarScan Tech #5510, it is still an excellent option with a smaller budget.

The fact that it permits you to conduct network scans on all systems is a particular highlight.

As is the practicality of the BMS/Battery Reset Initialization.

It is lacking the premium quality in terms of features, but it does more than a good enough job with the wide array of features that it does have.

Not to mention that those who have already purchased the product are delighted that they did!

This is a fantastic OBD2 scanner with ABS qualities, on a great price.

If you’d like to pick up this ABS Scan Tool, then just click here!

So far we’ve shown you a top of the line, feature rich, ultimate ABS Scan Tool.

As well as a mid range comprehensive OBD2 ABS Scanner.

So, to complete the set, we’ll now show you our absolute budget option for ABS Code Reading.

Innova 5210 – CarScan Advisor $99.99

The third and final Scan tool with ABS qualities that we’ll be covering in this ultimate guide, is also the cheapest one on the list.

This device is very friendly on the budget, at just $99.99, and we believe that if you’re looking for a cheap ABS Scan Tool then this is your best option.

Whether you want to save a buck or two, or are looking to get started on your journey in automotive diagnostics, the CarScan Advisor #5210 is the tool for you.

This tool has some key features that makes it ideal for it’s price range and for beginners.

Firstly, it’s data is easy to read.

The 2.8 inch patented display accommodates over 20 pieces of essential information, including diagnostic trouble codes as well as their definitions.

And perhaps most importantly in terms of its presence in this guide, the #5210 is skilled in diagnosing ABS systems of most 1996 and newer vehicles.

That includes newer Domestic, European, and Asian vehicles.

This device also provides live data on your vehicle, meaning you can see key information like RPM, Oil Temp, and more all in real time. Particularly useful when running diagnostics.

One other nifty aspect of the #5210 is its ability to freeze frame data.

Freeze frame data gives you the ability to view all vehicle information from when a trouble code was triggered, enabling you to deep dive into the retrospective details in your vehicle’s diagnostics.

Aside from these highlight features, you can also rely on the following aspects to be included in this ABS Scanner:
– Battery System Checks
– Compatibility with all 10 OBD2 Modes
– Engine Checks
– Emissions/Smog Checks.

And of course, there’s a video made on this device so you can learn more about it!

and don’t think that the lower price range of this item diminishes our value on customer reviews.

We still take them very seriously, and still strive to deliver high quality customer satisfaction with our ABS Tools.

High quality customer satisfaction such as the following reviews:

“I’ve had 4 or 5 scanners before this one, and this one is clearly the best of the lot.”

“This one is a very high quality scanner that is easy to use and it gives quick and accurate results.”

“This is a great tool for anyone who does their own car work and doesn’t want the shop to upcharge for non-necessary fixes.”

“Great Scanner”

Despite the low price range, this is still a really good ABS Code Reader.

It delivers on customer satisfaction despite it’s cheap price, and it does so with an array of nifty features.

We’d go as far to say it’s one of the best budget ABS Tools out there.

This is a fantastic OBD2 Scanner with ABS qualities.

If you’d like to purchase the CarScan Advisor #5210, then all you have to do is click here!

ABS Scan Tools Comparison Table

We’ve just covered an awful lot of information on ABS Scan Tools, so we put together this table to help illustrate the differences in each product.

This should streamline the process of comparing each one.

And underneath we have information on how to use your ABS Scan Tool, and how to get the most out of your tool with our exclusive RepairSolutions2.

Read/Erase ABS


US/A/EU

US/A/EU

US/A/EU

Check Engine Light

Emissions Check

Battery System Check

Live Data

10 OBD2 Modes

SRS


US/ASIA

US/ASIA

Oil Level/Reset

Network Scan

Battery Reset

TPMS – Tire Pressure

Transmission Temp

OBD1


Upgradable

How to use your ABS Scan Tool

To ensure you can get up and running with your OBD2 ABS Scanner, we decided to provide some information on how you use it.

Step 1 – Firstly, plug the ABS Scan Tool into your vehicle and turn the vehicle on.

This will automatically connect your tool to the vehicle and will read the CEL.

Step 2 – To access ABS related information on your tool, navigate to system status, and then to the ABS section as seen in the image below.

OBD2 ABS tutorial

Step 3 – Then you should be good! The tool will display some info regarding your vehicle and it’s ABS system.
ABS scan tool tutorial

If you have any issues with getting set up after this step-by-step guide, then don’t worry.

Just get in touch with us and we’ll resolve any issues you have with our 24/7 ASE certified customer service.

Getting ABS/SRS repairs with your Scan Tool

One of the perks of purchasing an ABS Scan Tool from Innova is that you receive our exclusive companion app RepairSolutions 2 for completely free.

The app helps you get more out of your tool, by displaying the needed repairs and parts of your vehicle, as well as the cost of repair for your vehicle.

The application is available on the PlayStore and AppStore, and provides an added dimension to your tool that just isn’t rivalled by anything else on the market.

It can also be particularly useful for diagnosing and addressing ABS/SRS repairs in tandem with your OBD2 ABS tool.

Step 1 Download the app off whatever app market you operate in.

Step 2 – Then, simply pair it with your ABS Scan Tool by following the instructions in the app itself.

Step 3 – Thirdly, receive your report after your OBD2+SRS data uploads to the app.

What happens after these 3 steps is twofold depending on what occurs.

IF your SRS code has a known repair, it will tell you there’s a fix available. After this happens it will put together an SRS report element for you.

This means that the app will handily put together a report that shows what parts are needed and how much it would cost to repair.

Innova RepairSolutions2
Innova RepairSolutions2

If a fix ISN’T available then you don’t have to worry. Your ABS code information will be inside of the Needs Attention report element.

Innova App tutorial
Innova App tutorial

Following this, Innova techs will begin to look into your issue to produce a solution for you. After they begin investigating your issue a fix may be available for you within just 10 business days.

That’s it for this ultimate guide to ABS Scan Tools. Let us know if you have any queries that are unresolved and we’ll be more than happy to resolve them.

Looking for a different type of scan tool? Then check out our guide to Bi Directional Scan Tools here!