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Finding a reliable diagnostic device to help you find and clear diagnostic codes can be a tricky endeavour.
I mean there’s a million products out there that all proclaim themselves to be the very best in diagnostic tools, so how do you know which one you can trust?
Well, by coming here you’re already halfway there!
That’s because Innova Electronics, a leading brand in automotive diagnostics for 30+ years, has put together THIS guide on the BEST diagnostic tools.
So, you can clear those diagnostic codes!
Let’s jump into the tools themselves.
First up in this guide to the best diagnostic tools for finding and clearing Diagnostic Codes, is the Innova CarScan 5610.
This is the most feature rich tool on the market as far as we concerned, and so it is priced that way.
At $411.75 you can pick up the device that is definitely the best one money can buy when it comes to clearing Diagnostic Codes.
Let’s look at the key features on this high end tool!
One of the special features that really makes this a premium range tool is it’s special reset functions.
Because of these functions, the #5610 is able to use dealership level re-learn procedures, which is incredibly useful 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.
With this you can get closer to that all important data that can make or break a diagnostic.
But the features don’t stop there!
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 fulfill 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.
The range of features on this device makes it perfect for finding and clearing Diagnostic Codes, and it’s clearly very high quality.
But, we place a lot of faith in the reviews of our customers.
After all, they’re the people that we’re trying to make happy with out products!
So, what did they think of the 5610?
“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.”
Clearly these reviews for this device are delighted with the quality they received from the tool.
The 5610 really is the high end, premium option, clearly reflected in it’s range of high quality features and the reviews we received!
Looking to pick this tool up? No problem! All that you have to do is click right here and you can purchase it!
Looking for something a little cheaper? No worries! Just read on.
Next up is the Innova CarScan 5410.
This is a real favorite amongst DIY mechanics, due to the fact it packs high end diagnostics into a price tag of just $212.00.
If you’re looking for something that’s high quality, but want to spend a little less than the 5610, this is the perfect tool for you.
Let’s dive into the key features of this tool!
Firstly, this code reader has SRS functionalities, which provides the user with the power to diagnose and clear safety systems of a variety of vehicles.
This includes most 1996 and newer domestic, European, and Asian vehicles.
This device also has specialties regarding the oil contents of a vehicle.
With this tool you can reset your oil maintenance light, as well as monitor oil level and oil life; important maintenance information which is necessary for servicing any vehicle.
Perhaps one of the main strengths of this code reader is in it’s data based capabilities.
This device has a live data graph, and with this the user can compare multiple vehicle systems in real time, with easy to read data graphs, bringing you closer to the data that matters to diagnostics.
Not to mention that this is a code reader 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 $212.00 the quality and features on this device are very extensive.
Let’s see what the customers thought of this mid range 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 Diagnostic Code clearing 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 $220!
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?
To finish off this guide to the best devices for clearing Diagnostic Codes, we’ll break down the Innova CarScan 5210.
This is the absolute BUDGET option as far as diagnostic tools go.
Perhaps this is pretty clear, given that it’s price tag is just $117.64.
However, despite it’s low cost, you can’t look at this as a tool that provides a poor level of service.
It has some nifty features, which we’ll break down!
One of the interesting elements of the 5210, 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 5210 also comes with a unique, patented, all in one color display with hotkeys.
This means the 5210 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 $120.
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!
Looking to pick this up? Then just click right here! Easy as that.
We’ve just covered an awful lot of information on diagnostic code clearing 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 1 Download the app off whatever app market you operate in.
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.
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