Which Auto Scan Tool Is Best

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What is a scan tool?

Best Professional Car Diagnostic Tool is used to diagnose and detect variety of internal problems or malfunctions that can occur within your vehicle. These codes give you incite as to what is wrong with the car and where the problem is located. There are three different types of OBD scanner devices.

The first is your basic code reader; this model is good for reading and clearing codes.

The second is a more advanced automotive scan tool that can view live and recorded data, provide access to bi-directional tests and controls, access extensive knowledge bases, and other more advanced functions. Lastly, factory scan tools which are made specifically for the original equipment manufacturer and covers all vehicles manufactured under that company.

Your basic code reader will normally only have a couple buttons and cost you anywhere between $50-$100. It will be fine for reading standard diagnostic trouble codes and clearing them, but will not have vehicle specific or enhanced codes that a more advanced scan tool would have. A more Advance Engine Diagnostic Tool can run you anywhere from $1,000-$12,000 depending on the features, adapters and cables that may be bundled with it; but it’s functionality is far superior to your basic scan tool. There are also factory specific scan tools available that get up there is cost but may be worth it, depending on what you or your shop deals with on a daily basis.

Choosing the right Scan Tool

As with cars, there are many different options and tiers available when choosing a scan tool. You need to consider the ability to work on pre OBD–II vehicles, screen size and resolution, bundling options, bluetooth capabilities, platform needed, onboard memory, as well as, battery life and power source. For example, if you work on classic or antique cars you will want the ability to work on pre OBD-II vehicles. If you want to fine-tune your cars performance you’ll need a more advanced scan tool. It all depends on what you intend on using it for. The next time you are in the market for scan tool check out http://www.cnautotool.com/ for a wide variety of options and factory specific models.

Is MS908P Worth Buying

Is MS908P Worth Buying

1. Its quad-core processor, the Cortex-A9 Samsung Exynos 1.4 GHz, provides high processing speeds.

2. The compatibility of the device with other add-ons makes it possible to install a language pack.

3. The scanned data is presented as texts and/or graphs.

4. The device is compatible with a large number of vehicles.

5. Android Ice Cream 4.0 on which it runs enables multitasking and quick boot up. Almost 5 times faster than other diagnostic devices.

6. It is light, compact and robust. Therefore, you can carry and work with it anywhere without much hassle.

7. You can share data via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with other people in your team or print for hard copies.

It’s one of the best Professional Autel Scanners!!

Why Autel MaxiSys Pro MS908P?

This diagnostic device is mainly for professionals, those with Garage or Auto Repairing Shops. It wouldn’t suit you if you are a single car owner. The design is meant to serve many people.If you are an owner of a garage or car shop Autel Professional OBD2 MS908P, it could be of great help to you in getting things done fast.

Is It Worth Buying Then?

Autel MaxiSys MS908 Pro is an all round and powerful tool that I would definitely recommend to any professional mechanics in the auto-repairing business.

It can a long way in easing up and increasing efficiency in your engine diagnostics from all the features mentioned. The returns are a guarantee.

It is a current tool that is compatible with most vehicles models. With its ‘Future Proof’ feature, it is to remain relevant with new vehicle models being released.

Autel Scan Tool are very good with after-sale services and you are assured of getting updates every time they are done.

How to Solve the Problem for GM MDI

There have many situations cant use GM MDI , when you have some troubles to use the tool ,  you should reboot the MDI software and do the Self Test first . Please check the bellowing 4 issues for GM MDI :

1. “MDI DOES NOT PASS SELF TEST”

If you meet this problem, it indicates that there is an internal problem in the MDI, you need to connect the MDI to a PC by using the USB and do the software recovery procedure or you can contact your local customer support center for help.

 

2. “MDI ERROR LED LIGHTS AFTER POWER ON”

This condition indicates that during power on, there has detected a problem. And the solution is to power down the MDI and verify that it has the same problem after you power up again, then connect the MDI to a PC by using the USB and do the software recovery process. Ask your local customer support center is ok.

 

3. “MDI FAILS TO POWER UP”

Normally speaking, Once the external power is applied,the MDI should power up. If the MDI from CnAutotool does not turn on, the first thing you need to do is to check the wall plug or power cable connections. Then try to supply power to the MDI from the two different power sources, the vehicle DLC connector and the AC 12-volt Adapter.

 

To solve this problem, you need to check and make sure that the cables are all attached to the MDI securely and the connector pins are all clean. If you are going to connect to the vehicle DLC connector, try to power from the AC 12-volt Adapter. And if you are going to connect to the AC 12-volt Adapter, you should try to power from the vehicle DLC connector. If your MDI still can’t power up, then you may have a problem with your MDI, you’d better contact with your local support center.

 

4. “MDI TURNS OFF IMMEDIATELY WHEN DISCONNECTED FROM THE VEHICLE”

Actually, after it is disconnected form the vehicle, the automotive scan tool MDI should stay on for a factory set time unless you press the power button. If the MDI turns off immediately once you disconnected it from the vehicle, you should power up the MDI and verify that it has the same problem when the power is removed, then replace the batteries and make sure they are properly installed. After these operation, if it still fails to be off correctly, your MDI may be damaged.

 

Any other issures for GM MDI Diagnostic Tool , welcome to contact us for technical support any time

Thank you

My using experience about Autel MaxiSYS Elite

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I have been a Ford Master Technician for 30 years and used about every brand diagnostic scanner over the years and this one is hands down the best and most universal scanner I have used to date! Never once have I had an issue with the Blue Tooth connection between the scanner and the VCM II unlike what we use at Ford. Programs keys perfectly, bi-directional controls work flawless and is very fast processing of live data….WAY faster than Snap On Versus and the software especially for Ford is almost identical to Fords software with the IDS we use at the dealership…I actually prefer my Autel over the IDS now.

Autel Scanner would not connect with some vehicles, then with all vehicles. This cable solved the issues, and now all is well. As the site says, have a spare on hand. It will keep you from being out of the game and it is the common failure point due to USER “use” (or abuse…LOL)

The scanner can be charged with the charge cable or you can plug the charge cable into the stand and then simply set the scanner in and out of the stand as needed and it stays charged when docked between uses. I have it set up on my shops WiFi and it lets me know when there are updates and they update often which I also like.

The Autel MaxiSYS Elite can also be used as a tablet, has great resolution and does everything Snap On’s scanners do for a fraction of the price!

This is a nice heavy unit, not cheap and doesn’t feel cheap in your hands, comes with about every adapter you could ever need foreign and domestic for PCM hook up and can be easily expanded for oscilloscope and other options.

It is an amazing product, I would to thank to the people that helped me with my scanner I really appreciate it. The Professional Diagnostic Tool works very well and I’m happy with it. My only complaint is that I didn’t try one much sooner!!!
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GM MDI software has updated to V2017.09 and “No Connection” error solved

1.Software update

1). Our GM MDI software has updated to V2017.09.It can support 2010-2017.09 year new cars.

2). If you think installation procedure is difficult for you,you can choose the GM MDI with Lenovo E49AL laptop,GM MDI software will be preinstalled in the Lenovo E49AL Laptop ,you can use it directly after receiving it.

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2.“No Connection” error solved

Here is the detail explanation of GM MDI WIFI multiple diagnostic system “no connection” error and solution.

Problem:

When get the GM MDI tool from www.cnautotool.com connected with computer and plugged into car’s DLC OBD port, only two of the indicator light flashed while the other two are off. And then the GM MDI software system displayed “no connection” error message. See Fig.1 and Fig. 2.

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Possible reason:
Improper operation procedure leads to the communication failure.

Solution:

Quit the GM MDI software and disconnect the GM MDI main unit
Open MDI Manager to check the driver
Open “Network setup” to check the network condition
If your MDI Manager shows a connection with your MDI and says software is compatible with pc, it is OK.
Reconnect the MDI device and load software again.

Follow the correction connection procedure and settings:

USB connection:

Once install and run the MDI manager, power up the MDI tester using the A/C 12-volt adapter. Then connect it to your computer with via USB cable.  The  automotive scan tool MDI appears in the application’s Explorer window where all the MDI units detected by your PC.

WIFI wireless connection:

1) Click MDI_Manager icon to start the MDI Manager software
2) Connect MDI with PC using USB cable
3) Power on the MDI by plugging in the A/C 12-volt adapter
4) Select and Connect to your MDI in the MDI Manager software MDI Explorer tab.
5) Select “Network Setup”
6) Select “Wireless” tab.
7) Select “Enable Wireless Interface check box in the Interface Control box to enable the interface. Once you enable the interface, the IP Address Configuration box and the Apply and Cancel buttons become active.
8) Select Obtain an IP address automatically if your LAN automatically assigns IP addresses. Otherwise enter the assigned IP Address and Subnet mask.
9) Select “Access Point” to start wireless access configuration.
10) If you are not within range of the access point you want to use, or the access point is not broadcasting its SSID, select the Enter Network Name [SSID]: radio button and type the network name.
11) If you are within range of your wireless access point, choose the Select from available network list radio button and then select Refresh to cause the MDI to search for wireless network signals. The detected networks are displayed in the Network Name box.
12) Select Configure after you have entered the network name
13) Enter the security setting that are required by your network, then select Next.
14) Select Yes to re-configure your MDI, or if you want to start over select No.
15) Select OK.
16) Choose the Properties tab to verify that the MDI is configured correctly.
17) Write down previous settings you did for future reference.

NOTE:

Installing the MDI Manager software installs certain utilities that are required for your TIS2Web programs to use the MDI. But, it is not necessary to start the MDI Manager software before using TIS2Web programs.

Ready to use CAT Electronic Technician 2017A V1.0

Caterpillar ET 2017A, Latest CAT ET Diagnostic Software to work with CAT/CAT3 Truck Scanner,With one free activation, can send software online,Supports Multi-languages.
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View active and logged diagnostics.
View events where irregularities occurred and were logged by the ECM.
View the status of a group of parameters (temperatures, pressures, etc.) simultaneously.
Record and log performance data.
Graph a group of status parameters.
View the current configuration of an ECM.
Change ECM configurations.
Perform diagnostic tests.
Perform calibrations.
Print reports and diagnostic results.
In details…

Type of catalogue: Diagnostic Software
Make: Caterpillar
Region: WorldWide
Inclusive
languages: English, Chinese, Danish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Amount of
disks: 422 Mb, 1 CD
OS: Windows 7 32 bit, Wnidows 7 64 bit, Windows 8/8.1 32 bit, Windows 8/8.1 64 bit, Windows 10 32 bit, Windows 10 64 bit
We will remote help you installed and activation for 1 laptop by Teamviewer!
PC Requirements
Recommended Configurations

PC containing a 2.0 GHz dual-core processor
3GB RAM
3GB of available hard disk drive
DVD-ROM drive
15.4 inch XGA Screen (1280×1024 compatible)
Microsoft Windows? 7 Professional or Windows 8 Professional, Windows 10 Professional (Not tested with Home Edition) (Note: Windows 8 RT is not supported)
RS232 port with 16550AF UART or compatible (for use with CAT ET)
USB 1.1 or 2.0 port (for use with Comm Adapter 3)
Ethernet RJ45 connector
Built in pointing device or mouse
For security purposes, Microsoft Internet Explorer version 9 or newer is recommended.
Note: The most recent version of Microsoftò Internet Explorer may not be validated to work with the service tool from CnAutotool.com.

Caterpillar Communication Adapter III Kit

Caterpillar Comm Adapter III – diagnostic scanner interface is a CAT group dealer workshop diagnostic tool built to work with Caterpillar heavy vehicles and Caterpillar engines. It is the latest generation of the CAT Communication Adapter group and replaces the CAT Comm Adapter II & the old 466-6258 and 317-7487 tool number.

This is the only data transfer tool that will allow you to properly interact with the CAT engine on two data channels. This function is required for some CAT ET (Electronic Technician) functions.

At the moment, both CAT kits are available for purchase www.cnautotool.com.

The only difference with the new kit is that the adapter (box) will not pull the voltage to power itself from the computer’s USB Port.

The computer will recognize it as a connected device but Cat ET will not read the device unless it is plugged into a powered ECM.c Technician) functions.

The set includes:

1.CAT Comm Adapter III (part # 317-7485)
2.CD for installing the drivers
3.USB Cable (From device to your computer)
4.J1939/J1708 Cable (from device to your truck)
5.Hard Shell Case with foam inserts
6.Caterpillar ET 2017C Included

Caterpillar Electronic Technician (Cat ET) is a service tool designed to run on a personal computer (PC) under Microsoft Windows. It will communicate with the Electronic Control Modules (ECMs) through a communication data link thus allowing you to diagnose existing and potential problems, configure the product, and obtain data for analysis.

Check out this video to get more information about Caterpillar CommuniCATion Adapter 3 contents

With this service auto scanner diagnostic tool, you can:
View active and logged diagnostics
View events where irregularities occurred and were logged by the ECM
View the status of a group of parameters (temperatures, pressures, etc.) simultaneously
Record and log performance data
Graph a group of status parameters
View the current configuration of an ECM
Change ECM configurations
Perform diagnostic tests
Perform calibrations
Print reports and diagnostic results
For some machine and engine products, additional functionality has been included with the service tool program.

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How-to Setup a MicroPod II for wiTECH 2

DESCRIPTION

If your dealership purchased a new microPOD and you would like to convert your existing microPOD for using with wiTECH 2.0 System, you need to download and install the microPOD Setup Utility to configure/setup your microPOD for Chrysler wiTech MicroPod 2.

For a video version of setting up a microPod 2 for wiTECH 2.0, please watch How To Set Up A New Device With wiTECH 2 (Note. You will have to be Logged into wiTECH 2.0 to view video)

NOTE: microPODs with a serial number beginning with “WFP” should NOT be used with this utility.

PROCEDURE

If you have a restricted network, you must first make sure that all sites listed below are enabled to be able to successfully use microPOD Setup Utility and the wiTECH 2.0 System.

1.mixpanel.com
2.bugsnag.com
3.fcawitech.com
4.chrysler.com
5.dealerconnect.com
6.jeep.com
7.witechsystem.com

Note: Please disable any Anti-Virus software that you have on your computer in order to allow the microPOD Setup Utility to install and run properly.

Steps to download and install the microPOD Setup Utility

IMPORTANT: Once the microPOD is configured using the microPOD Setup Utility, all the microPOD Wireless Settings will be deleted. You will be required to follow the instructions from the KB link titled “How to configure a Wireless Profile on a microPOD II”.

To download the application, please login to DealerCONNECT > Service > wiTECH Information > microPod Setup Utility

Step 1

Click on “Run” to begin the downloading process of microPOD Setup Utility.

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Step 2

The install wizard will appear to install the wiTECH Driver x64 onto your computer if your PC has not been installed with wiTECH 1.0 application.

If the PC has been installed with wiTECH 1.0 App, you will not see the screen below and proceed to Step 6. Otherwise, click “Next” to proceed.

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Step 3

Read the License Agreement carefully, and accept the terms in the license agreement. Then, click “Next” to continue.

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Step 4

You are now ready to start the actual installation of the driver. You now need to click on “Install” for it to start.

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Step 5

This will now install the wiTECH Driver x64. Once complete, the program will automatically proceed to the next step.

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Step 6

Once the installation has completed, click “Finish”. Proceed to the following section, “Using the microPOD Setup Utility”.

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Using the microPOD Setup Utility

NOTE: Please make sure that your computer is connected to the internet and the microPOD is connected to the computer via USB before starting this process. This application will help you configure your microPOD for wiTECH 2.0.

Step 1
Start microPOD Setup Utility by clicking the icon on the desktop:

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If the microPOD Setup Utility that is installed is out of date, you will be forced to update to the newer version of the application.

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Step 2

Please make sure your microPOD is connected to the PC via USB.

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Step 2a

If you see the following screen you may not be connected to the internet, or have a firewall that blocks 1 or more of these websites.

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Select “Continue” on the next screen for wiTECH 2.0 Device Setup and Configuration.

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NOTE: If you only want to configure the wireless setting on a microPod device to use with wiTECH 2.0, click “Wireless Configuration” and follow instructions.

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Select “Continue” on the next screen to begin attempting to connect to the microPOD device.

Step 3

Once your microPOD II is recognized by the utility, select “Continue” to proceed with the configuration.

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NOTE: microPODs with a serial number beginning with “WFP” should NOT be used with this utility.

Step 4

If the utility does not find the microPOD device, please assure that the microPOD is connected via USB and click “Refresh”.

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Step 5

The following screen will appear for up to 15 minutes while the microPOD device is being configured.

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Step 6

The following screen will appear when the utility completed the configuration of microPOD for wiTECH 2.0 Application.

Note: After microPOD Setup Utility is ran, all existing wireless networks will be removed from the microPOD.

Important! Leave the microPod Setup Utility window running as you will be required to complete software updates to the microPod device before configuring the wireless.

Step 6a

Login into wiTECH 2.0 at https://login.n.fcawitech.com . The microPOD II that was just configured using the microPOD Setup Utility should appear in the  car diagnostic scanner wiTECH 2.0 discovery . You will need to update the operating system of your microPOD II before it can be used with wiTECH 2.0. Click “Continue”, and your web browser will redirect you to the page to download and install the operating system update as seen in the following step.

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*NOTE: If microPOD II does not show up in discovery after a couple of minutes please power cycle your microPOD II by unplugging it and plugging it back in.

Step 7

Click “Update Now” and your microPOD II should continue to the update screen. Once updating, do not interrupt your microPOD II at any point until the update is complete.

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*NOTE: This can take upwards of 9 minutes. It is normal activity for the microPOD II to reboot.

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Step 8

Click “OK” and you will be navigated back to the wiTECH 2.0 discovery page. Your microPOD II should appear updated and ready for use.

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Step 9

With the microPod Setup Utility still running, please follow the KB link listed below to configure wireless on the microPod device.

wiTECH Application does not prompt for update

wiTECH Application does not prompt for update and user sees “There are no application updates available this time” when checking for updates

DESCRIPTION

Due to some reasons, microPOD II may not notify the user of application updates. To troubleshoot this issue further, please follow the steps described below:

1.    Close the wiTECH Diagnostic Application and quit the wiTECH server by right-clicking on the green wiTECH Server in the System tray and selecting Quit.

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2.    Restart wiTECH Server from All Programs -> wiTECH -> wiTECH Server
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3.    Launch wiTECH Diagnostic Application.

4.    Select a VCI device and login to DealerCONNECT.

5.    Select Help > Check for Updates > Software Manager should launch and the user should be able to update.

6.    If you still do not see the prompt for application update, please contact your dealership IT/Network administrator to ensure that the network has access to CnAutotool.com and all sub-domains as trusted sites for checking and downloading the application updates.

Autel’s MaxiSYS Elite Offers Faster Processor, New Docking Station

The Autel MaxiSYS Elite J2534 ECU Program is the latest addition to Autel’s MaxiSYS family of diagnostic tools.

The new Elite features a faster processor, higher screen resolution, faster WiFi, longer battery life and Android’s 4.3 operating system.

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The Elite’s VCI (Vehicle Communications Interface) utilizes Autel’s sophisticated J-2534 interface for expansion.

The tool includes an all-new docking station, which holds the Elite at a perfect viewing angle while charging it conveniently on your toolbox or cart.

With the Autel MaxiSYS, technicians get two years of updates and warranty and have access to a dedicated Elite tech support team for faster response.

The Elite utilizes Autel’s powerful diagnostic system software.

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Autel’s most complete diagnostic tool for cars sold in the USA is the Autel Elite.   This model replaced the Autel MS908 Pro about a year ago.   Amazon, eBay and other websites are selling the same model for about $50 more that Best Value Company.   Although we collect sales tax on sales made to California customers, Amazon will collect sales tax to all customers in states where sales tax is applicable.

The Autel Elite features a charging cradle (sometimes called a charger or docking station).   The Autel Tool is wireless via Bluetooth.   The tablet uses a standard Android operating system so you are able to watch YouTube videos or browse the web.