I am taking a course in auto mechanics this coming summer so as to be able to care for my cars. At present, I have a Dodge Grand Caravan 2001 and a Jeep Liberty Special Edition 2005. I have no intentions to become a professional mechanic. Since I’m a beginner, I thought I would ask my first question.
I do have basic tools that I can use. Now I would like to invest in an on-board diagnostics tool. I found that the 3160 ABS + CanOBD2® Scan Tool,
http://www.innova.com/en-US/Product/FullDetail/a030534b-49e8-47f7-967e-7ee8b2bb9946 , is compatible with my two cars and I think the price is acceptable (I can get it locally for $300.00 new). But I don’t know about the product name.
Can anyone confirm if this is a good purchase or do you recommend something better for a home garage jobber?
Snap on modis, tech 2 and genesis are known good brands that are excellent tools. They may cost more but you get what you pay for when it comes to tools
January, 23, 2013 AT 3:42 AM
Can't access the web site but for $300.00, I doubt it's a full scanner. More likely it's just a code reader. You can find those for less. Chrysler makes reading codes WAY easier than anyone else. At least for engine-related codes, you don't need a code reader or scanner. You DO need a scanner to read codes in the many other computers.
Being a former Chrysler mechanic and a Chrysler fan, I have their DRB2 and DRB3. The DRB3 will work on your Grand Caravan but probably not on your Heep. The CAN Buss system showed up on the Durango in '04, and other models in later years. I think the DRB3 no longer worked on any models by 2006 or 2007, but I could be wrong.
Aftermarket scanners never do all the things the manufacturer's stuff will do, but they work on many brands of vehicles. The manufacturer's scanners will do everything on their vehicles, and with the DRB3, the dealer can update it for you when and if necessary. You can buy it through their parts department; then they are likely to do the updates for you for free. These are very expensive if you buy them through the OTC web site. The dealer can get them for you cheaper but it's still well over $3500.00. I love mine. A lot of shops used to buy them because with an additional plug-in card it would work on '94 - '97 models AND it will do emissions-related stuff on all '96 and newer vehicle brands sold in the U.S. Up until they went to the CAN Buss system. With other cards it will work all the way back to '83 models. There are a lot of other accessories that you'll never need.
You can find these on eBay and at dealership auctions when they go out of business. They're still in high demand but I suspect the price will start to come down as the shops have less need for them. I sell the cards and accessories at the nation's second largest old car show swap meet 50 miles from my house every summer.
You might also look at the Snapon scanners. They have some very nice products but I'll never buy one because they are very proud of their equipment and charge accordingly for it. They also have designed them to cost you money later with updates. We have some of their stuff at my community college's Automotive program, but we also have a few Genesis that the students like better. Cost is much lower too. The newer scanners will usually access the other computers now too, such as ABS, Transmission, Air Bag, and Body Computers. It would be the pits to buy something, then find out it won't do what you need it to do.
I have a lot of text books to sell or give away for the cost of shipping. Most of them are new but they're getting to be outdated. The information is still current but for an Automotive program to be NATEF-certified, the text books can't be more than five years old. To meet that requirement the authors just move stuff around, add and remove a few items, and call it a new edition. I have a lot of worksheets too that I put together for my kids. They cover Electrical, Steering, Suspension, and Alignment, Brakes, and Engine Repair. If you run into a need for them, I can e-mail them to you as an MS Word attachment.
January, 24, 2013 AT 9:57 AM
I'm a professional automechanic to be. Pls, can I have those of your notecheets for guidance
March, 12, 2013 AT 8:48 PM
Thanks for your response. My email is: bodmas4christ@gmail. Com. I will like to have electrical and engine repair worksheets.
March, 12, 2013 AT 8:50 PM
Thanks for your response. My email is: bodmas4christ@gmail. Com. I will like to have electrical and engine repair notecheets.