Tools &toys

Posted: August 17, 2013 at 4:22 a.m.

Actron’s U-Scan What’s to love: A great diagnostic tool for the do-it-yourself home mechanic, or for confidently telling your mechanic what is wrong with your car. What does it do: Download the free app (iOS or Android). Plug in the U-Scan to your car’s On Board Diagnostic System port (check your owner’s manual). The device then runs a scan and using a Bluetooth wireless connection sends diagnostic codes to your phone app. Features include emission information; QuickCheck, which summarizes emission codes and definitions; and an activity log, which provides a history of tests and procedures. You can also buy upgrades for further diagnostic tools which include CodeConnect offering the most likely ÿx, and manufacturer-specific code definitions. The U-Scan is operational right out of the box and compatible with 1996 and newer vehicles. It sells for $79.95 in major auto parts stores.

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