The Best Cheap Scan Tools You Should Buy


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rev up your engines! it’s time for the Scotty Kilmer Channel,
welcome to mechanic Monday, on a rainy Monday,
today I’m going to answer the question, and inexpensive scan tools any good,
now being a mechanic for the last 50 years, and being a famous YouTuber,
I’ve tried out scores of inexpensive scan tools over the years,
and basically I can tell you about the good, the bad, and the ugly,
I’ve had some that when you plug it in nothing happened at all,
I’ve had some when you plug them in it gave you data that made no sense, and then it would
say stuff like, oh if you find problems with our tool, please tell us about it so we can
make it better, and I found some like this Ancel, that costs
$39 that actually work really well for what they do,
for example, this does obd data, you just press enter and it goes into the
data, it even does graphing data, this is graphing
data for the ignition timing, this vehicle has a problem with the ignition
as you can see just idling the timing is all over the place when it should remain steady,
it does the I/M checks to see if it will pass state inspections,
and these are even color coded green means it’s good and orange means that it’s not ready
yet, so it’s got 1,2,3,4 not ready yet,
so this would not pass inspection, you can look up trouble codes on it and see
what it means, that’s the code that this vehicle has,
you actually get a lot of information for $39,
now there are even more sophisticated lower priced scan tools like this Blue Driver that
works on a phone app, it can even do Mode 6 data like professional
mechanics have, this particular one is $99, but for $39 some little scan tools do a lot,
and since this is a mechanic Monday, I’m giving this Ancel away,
just post a clean non-offensive comment in the YouTube comments below and a computer
will randomly pick a winner and you’ll get this tool free,
and since entropy is the end state of all matter, that’s a fair way to pick a winner,
thanks for watching this video and good luck in the contest,
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