There was once a time when a car came in with a misfire, the mechanic could listen to the engine and diagnose the likely cause, replace the spark plugs, and send the customer on their way. But those days are well and truly gone.
Now if the car has a misfire the first thing you do is grab a scan tool. If the technician doesn’t have a scan tool or the tool won’t talk to that car, he is simply guessing the cause, or must send the customer away.
With the very strict emission standards in place now in many countries, manufactures now supply calibration flash programmes to dealers to fix engine performance or emission issues with new vehicles. General Motors estimates it has released flash updates for as many as 70 percent of 1995 and newer GM vehicles.
Today, almost all vehicles have ECUs with reprogramming capabilities, including a growing number of other on-board control modules (ABS, airbags, climate control, body controller, etc.), so changes and upgrades can be made if needed.
What scan tool to buy?
There are a number of very good scan tools on the market, but no tool will cover 100 percent of vehicles. Some brands’ claims can be misleading and state their product or software package covers a long list of makes and models, but it may be only generic OBD II information.
Others may provide all the OBD II codes but no additional codes for ABS, air bags or other systems beyond the engine and powertrain. So we recommend you do your research, get online and check out YouTube for live demos of the tool you are considering.
Why choose Autel?
Autel has always been committed to creating maximum long-term value for customers by providing quality-assured, easy-to-use, costeffective and innovative products and solutions.
To deliver this value Autel makes every effort to understand endusers’ needs and translate those needs into superior products, by maximising research, development and manufacturing capabilities. The R&D team is made up of experts and engineers with years of experience in this industry. Autel continues to invest a minimum of 20 percent of annual revenue into new development of software.
The MaxiSYS Mini is a revolutionary, ultra-mobile solution for automotive diagnostics. The MaxiSYS Mini comes with a powerful A9 quad-core processor and comprehensive OE-level vehicle coverage. The multi-tasking Android pperating system is capable of coding, adaptations, actuations and much more. Weighing in at only 700g with a clear 7.9-inch screen, the MaxiSYS Mini can diagnose complex vehicle symptoms and analyse fault codes quickly, easily and efficiently.
It is supplied standard with a wireless Vehicle Communication Interface (VCI), and software for American, Asian, Australian and European vehicles, and week no deposit.
Built upon the foundation of the hugely popular MaxiDAS DS708, the MaxiSYS has been built to offer all of the same qualities including extreme ease of use and powerful diagnostic performance plus much more. A major upgrade has been the addition of an ultra-powerful A9 quad-core processor that offers a 50 percent increase in speed versus competing products, and clear 9.7inch LED high resolution capacitive touch screen.
MaxiSYS has the industry’s first Android Operating System, and the comprehensive OE-level vehicle coverage that Autel has become known for. The MaxiSYS is a perfect diagnostic solution for shops and technicians who demand smart technology and repairs. The MaxiSYS comes with a VCI standard GST, with one year of free updates,
The MaxiSYS Pro has been designed to be the go-to tool for the professional technician who wants to have the additional capabilities of J-2534 reprogramming. The MaxiSYS Pro utilises a 32GB solid state hard drive, the Android Operating System and comprehensive OE-level vehicle coverage.
The MaxiSYS Pro includes the J-2534 reprogramming box and special MaxiSYS Pro software needed for shops and technicians who demand a comprehensive diagnostic system capable of completing even the most complicated and demanding tasks. week no deposit.
The MaxiDAS is one of New Zealand’s biggest selling scan tools. It is a state-of-art vehicle diagnostic system that delivers accurate and comprehensive results with extremely user friendly operation.
The DS-708 is the proven performer, and is currently in use in more than 300 NZ workshops. The plus GST, and includes two years’ free software updates. Lease to own booking fees.