This Auto Diagnostic Scanner is used for Reading and Clearing Vehicle Trouble Codes. It can be user setup to any of three languages, English / French / Spanish, so all the information can be read and understood in your favorite language.
- Works on ALL 1996 US-Based, 2000 EU-Based and Asian cars, and newer OBD II & CAN domestic or import vehicles.
- Suitable for American, European and Asian cars that are either OBD2 or CAN compliant.
- DTC Lookup: Built-in OBD-II fault code lookup library for helping and guiding you to fix the car. Fault code information makes sure you can easily understand the problem and the solution.
- Easily determines the cause of the check engine light. I/M monitor readiness test, turn off the MIL (check engine light) as well as view freeze frame data. Read hard (memory) / pending (intermittent), historic codes, and show definitions.
Recently we received a really cool gadget from a company called Topdon. A great vehicle scanner that plugs into the access port under the dash near the steering column. After unboxing, I inspected the unit for quality in manufacturing, design, and parts. Finding all very satisfactory Marcus was eager to test this device on our 2003 Chevy Venture van with has several lights illuminated. This handheld unit comes with a USB cord for plugging into a computer for software updates and improvements, an impact resistant case to protect it when not in use. The Topdon OBDCAN Plus does not have a power button as this device activates and the menu pops up automatically when plugged into the 16-pin testing port.
Scanning is simple, I simply turned on the ignition and selected “Auto Scan.” This little unit then automatically scanned our vehicles ECM and took mere seconds to scan. We found out that our vehicle had a multi-cylinder misfire and a bad AC sensor. WOW, Impressive! As a DIY kinda guy, Marcus does all the maintenance and repairs on our vehicles but has never had access to this type of esoteric data. Marcus had just changed the spark plugs and wires due to an obvious misfire and the engine ran very well expressing a very slight misfire, the subtlety of which was very hard to detect. After replacing both sensors that the codes indicated he ran the diagnostics again to confirm that the issue was resolved. Without this scanner, Marcus would have been able to quickly diagnose and correct the problem.
Clearing the codes is also very simple, he simply activated the erase code function and pressed delete. When complete we noticed that the annoying “Check Engine Light” was no longer lit. Now he can thoroughly diagnose and fix identified issues within the ECM, as well as, delete annoying service lights on dashboards. With this Topdon scanner, you will be able to do this also, just remember that with great power comes great responsibility. This device comes with everything except an operation manual which I believe was an oversight in packaging this particular unit. We did find some operational guidance on YouTube.