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In order to clear OBD related trouble codes, you need to have a good OBD2 Code Scanner at hand.
But, finding one that you know you can trust is a tough task!
That’s why we put together this guide on the best OBD2 Code Scanner devices.
All of the products mentioned in this guide come with the FREE RepairSolutions2App, as well as the LOWEST defective rate on the market.
So, let’s jump into this OBD2 Code Scanner guide!
The first tool, we’ll be breaking down in this OBD2 Code Scanner guide happens to be the best one.
This is the Innova FixAssist 5160RS.
It’s the most extensive OBD2 Code Scanner as far as features go, providing the most comprehensive array of features.
And we can’t forget this tool comes with a companion app that will walk you through repairs, as well as the LOWEST defective rate on the market.
The 5160RS provides the best quality of diagnostic on the market.
With it’s special reset functions, you can use dealership quality re-learn procedures.
Not to mention it’s advanced data stream; enabling you to view data for ABS, SRS, Transmission, and Engine systems.
With this the user can get closer to the all important data that is essential for a good diagnostic.
And when you know the data you’re receiving is the most accurate that you can get, this is a particularly helpful feature.
Other key features on this OBD2 Code Scanner of course include it’s Bi-Directional/OBD2 capabilities.
This is a huge plus for this 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 OBD2 Code Scanner then just check out this video we made about it.
Now we know that this OBD2 Code Scanner is premium in terms of it’s features and quality of Diagnostic that it provides.
However, we believe our customers satisfaction with our Tools is the ultimate validation of our product’s quality.
So, let us show you our premium tier reviews for our premium tier TPMS 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 TPMS Tool.
Looking for something a little cheaper? No worries! Just read on.
Now we’ll move onto the mid range tier of the OBD2 Code Scanner spectrum, catering to budgets of below $200.
This tool is the Innova FixAssist 3130RS, and it’s price tag of $179.99 is an absolute steal!
This is a particular favourite amongst DIY technicians, due to the quality that this tool provides and the price tag you can purchase it for.
Because of this affinity with DIY technicians who are looking to save a buck or two, this is one of our best selling OBD2 Code Scanners.
Thanks to the devices SRS functionalities, the user can diagnose and clear systems of 1996 and newer Domestic, European,and Asian vehicles using this device.
This tool is also skilled when it comes to oil related diagnostics, allowing the user to monitor oil level and oil life, as well as reset an oil light.
A real strength of this OBD2 Code Reader is it’s presentation of data.
This is due to the tools live data graph, along with it’s easy data graph comparison feature.
And of course, we can’t forget the tools ability to run all system network scans, allowing the user to clear all ECU modules and the trouble codes they can produce.
Along with these features, the tool also brings 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 device.
“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.
Well here we are, the last tool in this OBD2 Code Scanner guide!
To finish this off, we’re going to be looking at our budget option; the cheapest option for people looking a bargain device.
Our suggestion is the Innova FixAssist 3030RS.
The pricetag on this OBD2 Code Scanner is tiny! Just $79.99.
And with that you get the RepairSolutions2App, the LOWEST defective rate on the market, as well as an array of great features.
Features such as it’s code severity level feature.
This feature allows the device to tell you whether or not a repair is urgent, or if it can wait.
Users of the device love this feature because it saves them two valuable currencies; Time, and money!
The 3030RS also comes with a unique, patented, all in one color display with hotkeys.
Now this is a huge help. Rather than scrolling through a million menu’s, have 20 pieces of info on screen at once to get to what you want to see.
As far as key features go, this OBD2 Code Scanner 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 Tool? 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 OBD2 Code Scanner 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.