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Scan Tool Recommendations

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I am considering purchasing a scan tool.  I currently have a cheap unit that I purchased from Amazon that interfaces with my Android phone.  It allows me to retrieve and reset codes and look at limited live data.  I'm wondering if there is something better available for the DIYer.

I don't know a lot about them.  Tried doing some research on line but it's tough to figure out what you'll get for the money.  I don't do this for a living so I'm not looking at spending $1,000 or more.


Any recommendations?  Or just stick to what I've got?

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What capabilities are you looking for? OBDII only, DTC and live data for more control modules, bi directional tests? I work for a company that manufactures them here in MN and can help point you in the right direction.  As I'm sure you know, options are endless and only limited by the amount of $$ you want to spend.

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I'm not sure what capabilities I'm looking for as I'm not sure what capabilities are available.  Currently I'm working on my daughter's car that intermittently stalls on her.  Doesn't throw any codes.  And of course it won't do it when I'm driving it.  Though I have had it surge on me twice while sitting at a stop light.  I could feel it and noticed the rpm's go up and down.  Only lasted a couple seconds.  It would be nice if I could view and trend more than one piece of live data at a time, which is what I am limited to now with the app on  my android.  I'm thinking/hoping that I might be able to catch something in the trends.

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it would be very unlikely to catch a quick glitch with a scan tool. refresh rate may not be fast enough to catch something that happens to quickly.

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