Every New Year’s, Harbor Fake runs their 25% coupon and I usually buy something I need. This year it was an OBD-II & CAN Scan Tool. Got it for $99 after the smoke cleared. It was between this model and another similar one which did not support ABS (although I think it supported another PID that I ultimately felt wasn’t as important).
Anyway - does anyone else have this scanner?
The reason I ask is I’m not sure if I like it or not. I’ve only thumbed through the manual, so maybe it’s me, but it seems to have some annoying “features”
1.) Unplugged from the vehicle, the screen is barely readable. It doesn’t seem to illuminate the screen the same way it does when it’s plugged into the OBD port on the vehicle (even with the new battery installed).
2.) I’ve done a few sets of data captures with it. It can store three of them before you start to overwrite. For my '02 Impala, this is 54 points. For my 2011 Equinox it was many more (80+?). When I do the captures and then take the unit inside the house, it shows three captures, but when I look at the data, two of the captures are identical data sets. But then if I go back to the vehicle and attach it, I see the three distinct sets of data! Weird! Also - one time I ran the data capture on the Impala, and it suddenly popped up 59 points (for some reason). The data list was the same (I didn’t see any new points in there)
3.) On this last capture, it started acting differently, too. You can ask for a “Complete Data Set” with a “Manual Trigger”, and it waits for you to press to start collecting. I did a few sets like this. But yesterday, it just decided to blow through the pressing of the key and start on its own! I thought it was because the CEL was ON (because it can be set up to trigger on a CEL), but I cleared the CEL, and it continued to do it!
So I don’t really know if I like this thing. I had an ACTRON simple code reader (the “Black Brick”) I purchased in 2000, and it was rock solid … but it only read codes. It won’t read my Equinox (not CAN-enabled). This HF unit already seems questionable to me (although it feels fairly rugged)… Initially, I was going to get a laptop program, but couldn’t decide on the ScanTool hardware because the only unit out there that could do everything I wanted (ScanTool’s MX tool) got dreadful reviews for repeatedly losing the connection.
Anybody have any opinions on this unit (or any other)?