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When looking to conduct your own vehicle diagnostics, you NEED the BEST Car Diagnostic Tool you can get.
Now, finding the best Car Diagnostic Tool is a lot easier said than done.
This is due to two key reasons.
Firstly, you have to find the BEST Car Diagnostic Tool that will deliver a top quality service…
But you also have to find one that works for you and your budget.
So, we put together this guide on the best Car Diagnostic Tool you can purchase, with one option for high, mid, and low budgets.
To kick this guide off, we’ll break down the Innova FixAssist 5160RS.
This is the premium Car Diagnostic Tool, and it holds the title of being our most comprehensive tool in the range.
This is the best of the best when it comes to Car Diagnostic Tool, in terms of quality and features.
Perhaps this is reflected in it’s pricetag of $329.99, which is still good value for money given the quality it has.
Looking for the best, high end Car Diagnostic Tool? Then this is perfect for you.
Let’s break down the key features of this premium Car Diagnostic Tool.
Firstly, it brings Special Reset Functions to the table.
With this, the user can implement dealership level re-learn procedures, an incredible feature for full on repairs or general maintenance.
This tool also has an enhanced data stream, meaning that with this tool you can view advanced systems such as ABS, SRS, Transmission, and Engine.
This brings you closer to the all important data that can make or break a successful diagnostic.
However, the key features on this high end Car Diagnostic Tool
In fact there’s still some icing on the cake that is the #5610, and that is it’s Bi-Directional capabilities.
This is a huge plus for this code reader device, as the user can use this ability to test key functionalities such as fuel pump on/off, or to retract an electronic parking brake.
As well as these special features, the #5610 is also able to fulfil the following features:
– OBD1 Coverage
– Read Hybrid Battery Cell Voltage
– Live data streams
– Support for ALL 10 0BD2 modes
– Emissions/Smog Checks.
– All systems network scans.
– Oil Level & Oil Life monitoring.
– Battery/Charging System Testing.
– SRS Airbag Code reading.
– BMS Battery reset/initialization.
– Bi-Directional Active Tests.
– Oil Light reset.
– Top quality Bi-Directional OBD2 Software.
If you’d like to learn more about this Car Code Reader, then just check out this video we made about it.
Now we know that this Car Diagnostic Tool is premium in terms of it’s features and quality of Diagonostic that it provides.
However, we believe our customers satisfaction with our Car Diagnostic Tools is the ultimate validation of our product’s quality.
So, let us show you our premium tier reviews for our premium tier Car Diagnostic Tool:
“Excellent Product! You Can’t Go Wrong.”
“Excellent mid- to high-level tool in its price class.”
“This tool fills a much needed gap in the market.”
“Quick and easy to use, great results.”
“Shop quality diagnostic at home.”
These reviews speak to the quality of the Innova FixAssist 5160RS.
Combine the customer delight with using the product, as well as the features that this device brings to the table, you have yourself the PERFECT Car Diagnostic Tool.
Looking for something a little cheaper? No worries! Just read on.
The second tool we’ll look at in this Car Diagnostic Tool ultimate guide is the Innova FixAssist 3130RS.
This is an absolute FAVOURITE amongst DIY technicians, due to it’s incredible quality that’s packed into a price tag of just $179.99!
Because of the qualities that this device brings, as well as the price point you can pick it up for, we believe this is the BEST Car Diagnostic Tool on a mid range budget.
Let’s look at the key features of the FixAssist 3130RS, and see what our customers think of this Car Diagnostic Tool.
One of the first key features I want to talk about is the SRS functionalities.
With this feature, the user can diagnose and clear safety systems of a variety of vehicles, including most 1996 and newer Domestic, European, and Asian vehicles.
This gives you the peace of mind that your safety systems are up to scratch!
The 3130RS is also particularly adept at monitoring and diagnosing the oil contents of a vehicle.
This Car Diagnostic Tool is able to reset the oil maintenance light, and can also monitor both oil levels and oil life.
Aside from these key features, the 3130RS is excellent in presenting and analysing data that is SO important to a diagnostic.
This car diagnostic tool comes equipped with a live data graph,which allows the user to compare multiple vehicle systems with easy to read data graphs.
This means that you can get closer to the all important data that makes or break a successful diagnostic
Not to mention that this is a Car Diagnostic Tool with all system network scan abilities, meaning that you can clear all ECU modules and their trouble codes.
Aside from these key features, this car code reader also has the following:
– ABS/Brake Codes: Read and Clear
– Battery Charging System Test
– Emissions/Smog Check Readiness LED indicators
– Supports all 10 OBD2 Modes
If you’re interested in learning more about this mid range device, then feel free to watch this video.
For $179.99 the quality and features on this device are very extensive.
Let’s see what the customers thought of this mid range Car Diagnostic Tool.
“Good tool for a good price”
“A full-featured diagnostic tool”
“Great for DIY auto work”
“This saved my son a boat load of $$!”
“Better than expected”
Reviews for this tool are clearly very good, speaking to the quality that this device brings to the table.
And of course we can’t forget that this device is less than $200!
We see this as the best mid range device that you can purchase.
It’s the perfect sweet spot between high and low budgets, and provides an excellent service.
Looking to pick this tool up? No worries, just click right here and you can add it to your arsenal?
As we look to conclude this guide to the best Car Diagnostic Tools, let’s break down the Innova Fix Assist 3030RS.
This is, by some distance, the cheapest tool in the guide.
Perhaps this is evident in the tiny price tag of just $79.99.
We recommend this to people who are on the hunt for a bargain Car Diagnostic Tool, be it for the purpose of saving a buck or two or to have a cost effective method of breaking into DIY diagnostics for the first time.
One of the interesting elements of the 3030RS, is it’s code severity level feature.
This informs you of the severity of the issues your vehicle is facing, definitively telling you whether your car needs a repair immediately, or if it can wait.
The 3030RS also comes with a unique, patented, all in one color display with hotkeys.
This means the 3030RS can accommodate over 20 pieces of information on a single screen, so you can find the problem faster instead of wasting your time scrolling through menu’s.
As far as key features go, this tool also has a ‘freeze frame’ feature that can be particularly useful.
With this feature, you are able to display all your vehicle’s information from when a trouble code was triggered.
This means you can really put your finger on what the issue is, and how to fix it.
And of course we can’t forget that this code reader also enables the user to carry out things like check engine light repair and carry out Smog checks.
Looking to learn more about this cheap code reader? Then watch this video!
Clearly this is a tool that provides good quality features on a small price tag.
When it comes to the BEST tools for finding and clearing Diagnostic Codes, we think this is the best one you can get for below $100.
But, what do our customers think of it?
“This is an excellent tool for the DIY mechanic or layman”
“Got the job done. Great product and great price.”
“Excellent is the Word”
“This is an awesome tool…great price as well!”
“We own this reader for about 3 years now and – like others said – it paid for itself the first time we used it.”
“it saved me hundreds of dollars”
” It has already saved me some money!”
“Does what it says it will do”
“Great unit for the price”
“Good Product at a Fair Price”
Clearly the reviews are rave about what is a very cheap device, and despite being so cheap it provides an excellent service.
We would direct this towards somebody who is either looking to get into diagnostics for the first time and is looking for a cheaper tool…
…Or someone who wants a budget kickstart to their DIY Diagnostic journey!
We’ve just covered an awful lot of information on Car Diagnostic Tool devices 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 Tool, and how to get the most out of your tool with our exclusive RepairSolutions2.
|Check Engine Light
|Battery System CheckLive Data
10 OBD2 Modes
|ABS Bleeding TPMS / Tire Pressure
Special Reset Functions
Enhanced Data Stream
Bi-Directional Active Test
To ensure you can get up and running with your Scanner, we decided to provide some information on how you use it.
Step 1 – Firstly, plug the 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.
Step 3 – Then you should be good! The tool will display some info regarding your vehicle and it’s ABS system.
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.
One of the perks of purchasing aTool 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 tool.
Step 2 – Then, simply pair it with your 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.
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.
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.