OBDII Scan Tools Buying Guide

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OBDII Scan Tools Applications

OBD (On-Board Diagnostics) is a computerised system that provides access to data from the engine control unit (ECU) and offers a valuable source of information when troubleshooting problems inside a vehicle.

It ensures that the system is operating as designed or delivering what it is designed to do. If something is outside the prescribed operating conditions, an alert can be sent out, or other actions an be taken to bring the system back into balance.

OBD scan tools come in different functions and capabilities. Below are some examples on their types.
PLX Kiwi3 Bluetooth Scan Tool
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Bluetooth & WiFi Car Scanners

Wireless Bluetooth and WiFi scanners is a great way to monitor real-time engine parameters and gauges on your car, log trip data and information as well as diagnose simple engine trouble codes. Depending on the scan tool, they can be paired with smartphone and tablets using IOS, Android and windows operating systems.
ScanGauge Trip Computer / Vehicle Monitor
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OBDII Gauges & Trip Computers

Instead of using your smartphone to monitor various engine parameters and fuel economy, you can consider getting a stand-alone OBDII scan gauge and trip computer . They're easy to fit and operate and can fit almost anywhere suitable on the dash.
Autel AutoLink AL519 Engine Code Reader
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Autel AutoLink AL519 Engine Code Reader

OBDII Engine Code Reader

OBDII engine code readers are suitable to be able to diagnose almost any generic or manufacturer specific engine trouble code caused by the PCM or engine system. Other functions may include coloured screens, I/M readiness, O2 sensor test and live data.
iCarsoft CR Plus OBDII Multi System Scan Tool
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iCarsoft CR Plus OBDII Multi System Scan Tool

OBDII & OBDI Multi System Scan Tools

With a little more investment, you can get a multi system diagnostics scan tool to cover more systems such as Engine, ABS, Airbag, Transmission and many more! Depending on scan tool, other functions may include EPB, SAS and Oil service reset as well as bi-directional coding and reprogramming. 
Foxwell NT510 Single Car Multi System Scan Tool
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Foxwell NT510 Single Car Multi System Scan Tool

Single Car Multi System Scan Tool

Single car OBD scan tools is the perfect investment for those who want to access more systems and perform more functions but rather not invest in an 'All Car' professional scan tool. These tools vary in capability but offer great value for money for car enthusiasts, dealers and mechanics alike. 
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Car OBDII HUD Head Up Display

Car HUD or Head Up Display is another way to project important dash data like speed, RPM, fuel consumption etc into the windshield. It also bring alert of any engine trouble codes, fatigue driving or over speed. 
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