Scot Manna continues to update his tool knowledge, despite more than three decades as a technician. Aside from operating a repair shop, MB Automotive in Des Plaines, Ill., Manna also serves as a VISION conference instructor and at a local state emissions outreach program.
TOP 10 TOOLS
1) The PicoScope 4423 Oscilloscope
The PicoScope 4423 saves time and money by making it easier and quicker to diagnose faults. “It’s the best thing since sliced bread,” Manna says for the tool he has had for five years now. “It’s the one that gets the most use.” The USB 2.0 connection provides for fast screen updates and protects against overloads and short circuits. For more information on this product, go to: VehicleServicePros.com/11063100.
2) Pico Technology WPS500 Automatic Pressure Transducer
The WPS500X Automotive Pressure Transducer from provides quick and accurate pressure analysis of many automotive systems. “You can stick that into a multi meter,” Manna says. The transducer makes for an accessory for many tools used in EVAP diagnostics, engine diagnostics, and pressure wayforms. “It has a wide range of measurement.” For more information on this product, go to: VehicleServicePros.com/11063104.
3) Snap-on VERUS Wireless Scan Tool
The Verus Wireless Diagnostic & Information System keyless scan module covers OBD-II applications with a single adapter, with no need to switch keys per system. “It will hook up to almost everything. If you’re in the powertrain side of the world, it’s good. They are expanding it and making it better.” For more information on this product, go to: VehicleServicePros.com/10226517.
4) Milwaukee Electric M12 3/8” Impact Wrench
The M12 cordless 3/8" impact wrench is designed for professional users that need smaller high torque tools to get into tight spaces. “I use it a ton.” This is used on underhood work, engine teardown, and inside the car. For more information on this product, go to: VehicleServicePros.com/10105505.
5) Fluke 87V Digital Multimeter
The advanced circuitry of the 87V DMM is capable of accurately measuring voltage and frequency on adjustable speed motor drive systems. “You’re always using a meter to verify tests and grounds.” Larger display digits and a bright white backlight allow easier reading in low-light environments to help protect users from electrical hazards. For more information on this product, go to: VehicleServicePros.com/10126253.
6) Snap-on Smart Smoke Machine
Snap-on's EELD500 Smart Smoke automatically performs a calibration and leak-test, with pass/fail results in less than five minutes. “It’s a phenomenal smoke machine. It’s amazing some of the stuff it has: readouts, a vacuum adapter, and more. It’s hard to do EVAP without a good smoke machine.” For more information on this product, go to: VehicleServicePros.com/10237124.
7) Fluke 80i-110 Low Amp Current Probe
The AC/DC current probe is designed to provide safe, high accuracy measurements for a wide range of applications. “This is a great scope accessory; I use it constantly.” Accurate current measurements become more and more critical when troubleshooting electronic and automotive circuits. For more information on this product, go to: VehicleServicePros.com/11062984.
8) Bosch PS41-2A Pocket Driver
“An electric power tool for smaller spaces and the dash. It’s great for working on small type fasteners.” The tool can replace air ratchets for many jobs. It has an LED light that enables the use of the tool in low light or darkness. For more information on this product, go to: VehicleServicePros.com/11063022.
9) Midtronics PSC-300 Battery Maintainer
The power supply charger provides clean, reliable power for charging and maintaining battery state-of-charge during service reflash and complex maintenance. “It keeps the battery up to snuff. I use it sometimes when doing diagnostics. You need something to keep the battery going when you leave stuff on.” For more information on this product, go to: VehicleServicePros.com/11063042.