The Best Tool to Scan for Extra Diagnostic Capabilities

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As technology improves, automotive manufacturers strive to make things easier and more efficient when it comes to the operation of their vehicles. However, what might be great for consumers and the factory typically equates to more tool purchases for hard working mechanics in order to stay ahead of the curve. When it comes to diagnostic work, the best ASE certified mechanics know the value of investing in a high quality, capable scan tool that can handle multiple diagnostic scans with relative ease. Arguably the Cadillac of diagnostic scan tools is the Verus® Pro by Snap-On.

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What is the Verus® Pro Scan Tool?

Snap-On Tools really hit one out of the park when they introduced the Verus® scan tool a few years ago. The newest edition of this powerful diagnostic scan tool is the Pro edition, which is faster, lighter and offers mechanics with more flexibility in regards to range of possibilities that they have for diagnostic scans. The Verus Pro is Wi-Fi compatible and gives mechanics the flexibility to monitor scanning data from multiple access points in their garages.

The Verus® Pro offers mechanics multiple scanning functions that are extremely user-friendly once the mechanic completes a basic training program. Some of the best attributes of this scanning tool includes:

  • One-touch access

  • Guided component testing

  • Vehicle record download

  • ShopKey® repair information system access and SureTrack® Expert Information for detailed service access

  • Wi-Fi connectivity

  • Windows® Operating system and easy connectivity function to laptop and desktop computers

Are there other scan tools available?

Not every mobile mechanic needs to have a supercharged code scanner. In fact, many of the best ASE certified mechanics will argue that the code scanner should only be another tool that gives them a starting point to determine what might be broken with a vehicle. There are several exceptional scan tools that most mechanics could benefit from using.

For example, Mac Tools offers a full system code scanner that offers enhanced scanning for import, domestic, and European vehicles.

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It's capable of completing data streams for transmission, engine, ABS and SRS components, reads and can clear error codes for these systems, and gives the mechanic flexibility to complete EPB release and SAS (steering Angle Sensor) reset functions. Some of the other attributes of Mac Tools full system code scanner include:

  • Can retrieve the vehicle's CIN, CVN and VIN
  • Supports vehicles that are post 1996 (CAN and OBD II error codes)
  • Displays the DTC definitions on the screen for easy access
  • Can display live PCM data and O2 Sensor testing data
  • Extremely quick Protocol, and Auto Vehicle ID

Most mechanics know the value of investing in the best tools available to complete extra diagnostic capabilities. Both of the diagnostic scan tools we've addressed in this article can provide any mobile mechanic with easy to access data that can expedite diagnostic checks and complete service repairs quicker.

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