Automotive Diagnostic Tools

Posted by Tool Pan on 4/8/2015

If your Check Engine light is on, you will need a code reader or scan tool to diagnose the problem. The tool plugs into a diagnostic connector that is usually located under the dash near the steering column. The tool displays any fault codes that are causing the Check Engine light to come on. The tool won’t fix your problem, but it will give you an idea of what might be wrong. Further diagnosis is usually necessary to figure out which part needs to be replaced.

If you buy a scan tool, get one that sells in the $100 to $150 range. These will give you the most features without breaking your budget. Professional grade scan tools can cost thousands of dollars, and require annual updates. A basic DIY scan tool will not have all of the features of a pro tool, but they can read fault codes, display OBD II monitor status, and read out sensor data and other information. You can also use the tool to erase codes and turn off the Check Engine light.

Other diagnostic tools that are handy to have include a 12-volt test light (for checking continuity and voltage), a volt-ohm meter or multimeter (for measuring voltages and resistance), a compression gauge (for checking engine compression), a vacuum gauge (for checking intake vacuum), and a fuel pressure gauge (for checking fuel pressure).

For checking the strength of your coolant, buy an antifreeze tester. The least expensive type use floating balls to indicate the freezing protection of the coolant. The more expensive and sophisticated coolant testers use a needle indicator or a calibrated hydrometer to measure the strength of the antifreeze.

An air compressor is a handy addition to any garage, and allows you to not only fill tires but to also use a wide range of pneumatic air tools such as an impact wrench, air ratchet, grinders, drills, chisels, etc. Better buy some ear protectors too, because most air compressors are extremely noisy when they are running.

Toolpan.com is your one-stop source for all of the superior quality industrial tools and equipment you need to get the job done right every time. From specialty HVAC and automotive tools to all of the basic hand and power tools, we deliver performance and dependability at prices that won't take a sledgehammer to your budget.

Our collection of diagnostic tools provide cutting edge technology and unsurpassed precision for a wide range of measurement applications. From multimeters and current probes to timing lights and infrared thermometers, Toolpan.com pegs the value gauge on the finest industrial tools, no matter what industry you're in. Browse through our featured products  to get started, and if you need any assistance with your order, our customer care team is always ready to help at 888-784-1615

 

If you buy a scan tool, get one that sells in the $100 to $150 range. These will give you the most features without breaking your budget. Professional grade scan tools can cost thousands of dollars, and require annual updates. A basic DIY scan tool will not have all of the features of a pro tool, but they can read fault codes, display OBD II monitor status, and read out sensor data and other information. You can also use the tool to erase codes and turn off the Check Engine light.

Other diagnostic tools that are handy to have include a 12-volt test light (for checking continuity and voltage), a volt-ohm meter or multimeter (for measuring voltages and resistance), a compression gauge (for checking engine compression), a vacuum gauge (for checking intake vacuum), and a fuel pressure gauge (for checking fuel pressure).

For checking the strength of your coolant, buy an antifreeze tester. The least expensive type use floating balls to indicate the freezing protection of the coolant. The more expensive and sophisticated coolant testers use a needle indicator or a calibrated hydrometer to measure the strength of the antifreeze.

An air compressor is a handy addition to any garage, and allows you to not only fill tires but to also use a wide range of pneumatic air tools such as an impact wrench, air ratchet, grinders, drills, chisels, etc. Better buy some ear protectors too, because most air compressors are extremely noisy when they are running.

Toolpan.com is your one-stop source for all of the superior quality industrial tools and equipment you need to get the job done right every time. From specialty HVAC and automotive tools to all of the basic hand and power tools, we deliver performance and dependability at prices that won't take a sledgehammer to your budget.

Our collection of diagnostic tools provide cutting edge technology and unsurpassed precision for a wide range of measurement applications. From multimeters and current probes to timing lights and infrared thermometers, Toolpan.com pegs the value gauge on the finest industrial tools, no matter what industry you're in. Browse through our featured products  to get started, and if you need any assistance with your order, our customer care team is always ready to help at 888-784-1615

 

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