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The Difference Between OBD2 Scan Tools

Basic OBD2 Scanners vs. Full System Professional OBD2 scan tools

You may see several OBD2 scan tools on our site, with a significant price range between the different devices. So, what sets one apart from the other? What is the one that you need?

We will start with the basic scan tools

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Now in the two links above, you have handheld and a phone app-based basic OBD2 scan tools. These tools allow you to read the engine faults and data from your car. If you see the check engine light come on, then you can use these scan tools to diagnose what the defect is. And once it has been fixed,you can clear the fault code.

These are great tools for working out what is wrong with your vehicle. Imagine if your car throws a fault code in remote areas, and you end up in limp mode. These scan tools will get you out of trouble.

You can also view engine and transmission data. These are the readings like boost, RPM, Load %, and anything else your car has a sensor for. With the OBD-AUS Bluetooth tool, you can create custom dashboards on your phone and use them with a number of different apps.

Now, if you want to clear and check ABS, AirBag, or any other check lights/systems, then you will need a complete system scan tool as this allows you to access all of your car’s modules such as ABS, SRS, Transmission, Body, etc.

These full system scan tools also allow you to access particular functions such as activation, Battery System Management, Injector Coding, and much more.

Now the systems that these full system OBD2 tools can access depend on the year and model of the car you have and the device you are using, so if you are after more data on any tool, then please contact us and we can send you the vehicle list.

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