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What is an OBD-II scan tool?

OBD-II is the second generation of On-Board Diagnostics, which is a technology that exists on nearly every vehicle produced since 1996. An OBD-II scan tool is a device that can communicate with a vehicle's OBD-II system. All OBD-II equipped vehicles have a 16-pin connector under the dash to allow for a scan tool connection.

An OBD-II scan tool can be as simple as a handheld device with an LED display, or it could be as complex as a laptop or PC running sophisticated analysis software. The handheld variety are typically not much more than simple code readers, meaning that their functionality is limited to reading trouble codes. PC-based scan tools, however, can boast an extremely rich feature-set, such as the capability to plot and log sensor data, calculate fuel efficiency, estimate horsepower and torque, etc.

Why do I need a scan tool?

An OBD-II scan tool will provide you with the following benefits:

 

 

What vehicles are supported?

Scan tools will work on all 1996 and newer cars and light trucks sold in the United States, including:

Acura
Alfa Romeo
Ariel Atom
Aston Martin 
Audi
Bentley
BMW
Buick
Cadillac
Chevrolet
Chrysler
Citroen 
Daewoo

Daihatsu
Daimler 
Dodge
Ferrari 
Fiat
Ford
Geo
GMC
Holden
Honda
Hummer
Hyundai
Infiniti
Isuzu
Jaguar
Jeep
Kia
Lamborghini
Lancia 
Land Rover
Lexus
Lincoln
Lotus
Maserati
Mazda 
McLaren 

Mercedes
Mercury
MG 
Mini
Mitsubishi
Nissan
Oldsmobile
Opel
Pagani
Panoz 
Peugeot
Plymouth 
Pontiac

Porsche
Regal
Renault 
Rolls-Royce
Roush 
Rover
Saab
Saleen
Saturn
Seat
Scion
Shelby
Skoda

Smart
Subaru
Suzuki
Tesla
Toyota
Triumph
TVR
Vauxhall 
Volkswagen
Volvo
Yugo

Scan tools will also work with most 1996 and newer cars and light trucks sold outside of the United States. However, not all countries mandated OBD-II support in 1996. If you do not live in the United States, please check with your dealer.