Scan tools are a must in your diagnostic arsenal

Technical Editor Dave Cappert answers your questions about scan tools.


Because of the unique diagnostic needs found in every shop, what may be best suited for one shop may not be best for yours. When you get down to matching up with your exact needs, there may not be a single scan tool that matches up exactly. In the end, the best solution may be a couple of different scan tools, some based on different platforms. For instance, you may find that a hand-held dedicated scan tool works best for one segment of vehicle service, while a PC-based version works better for another. The key thing is to be patient and build the right match-up for you.

Upcoming Q&A sections this year will cover electrical systems tools, hand tools, and tire/wheel service equipment. Please send in any questions you have regarding those tool categories, or anything else.

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