Tools that give shops a technical edge

Aug. 7, 2013
Allan Boggs engages in an ongoing quest for automotive education.

SHOP: Allan S. Auto Repair


OWNER: Allan Boggs

Allan Boggs got into automotive repair in the New Orleans, La. area after retiring from his role as an electronics technician. He attends as many education events as possible, including education seminars at industry trade shows and the free training webinars offered by Professional Tool & Equipment News


1 Global Leak Detection Corp. Smoke Wizard  

"You can't fix cars these days without a smoke machine," Boggs says. "It finds the needle in the haystack, and that's no exaggeration." The Smoke Wizard can diagnose nine of the top 10 check engine light codes, based on 2008 California Smog Check data. The unit works with shop air or nitrogen, using a patented UltraTraceUV dye to spot leaks after the smoke disappears. For more information on this product, go to:

2) S&G Tool Aid's Exhaust Gas Back Pressure Tester

The exhaust gas back pressure tester allows the shop to test for clogged or obstructed catalytic converters and mufflers. "Many people ride around with the check engine light on for a long time not knowing the damage they're doing to their cats." For more information on this product, go to:

3) ATS EScan Pro

This tool's advanced testing capabilities include diagnosing fuel trim, volumetric efficiency, catalyst efficiency, thermostats and more. "It has the best graphics, does VE (volumetric efficiency) testing and calculates the VE for you. It has the best mode 6 data, bar none." For more information about this product, go to:

4) ATS EScope Pro, No. ESO 1000

"The ATS EScope is a 'must have' to see signals in graphic form. Some scan tools graph signals, but not like a scope." The tool allows bi-directional control of electrical devices through the wiring, feedback equation (virtual replacement of electrical sensors) and more. For more information about this product, go to:

5) UEi Automotive ADM 5201 Digital Multimeter

The ADM5201 handheld automotive multimeter combines all the features of a full function multimeter and integrates the functions of an 02 sensor, PFI and TBI fuel injector testers. "It is the best choice for automotive use because of all the functions it has." For more information on this product, go to

6) Snap-on Fuel Injection Pressure Gauge Set

"A must-have for testing fuel pressure." The EEFI500CORE set comes complete with a convenient label showing the image of components, part numbers and applications; detailed user manual; a tee manifold with shut-off valve; and a 3-1/2" diameter gauge assembly with a blow down valve. For more information about this product, go to:

7) ATS EMissFire Detector No. EMI1000

The EMissFire Detector from ATS quickly identifies camshaft timing problems through the spark plug hole, and misfiring cylinders from the exhaust tail pipe. "This allows testing of all pressures including negative pressure(vacuum) in the cylinder, intake manifold and exhaust.  It displays results in graphic form on the labscope." For more information on this product, go to:

8) EASE Diagnostics Version 4.1 PC Scan Tool Suite

Version 4.1 provides more live data, more controller signal sets and even more bi-directional tests and controls, including an expansive list of Ford GEM (Generic Electronic Module) bi-directionals. "It does reflahes and updates on all computer modules." 

9) Lisle 65600 Spark Plug Extractor

This extractor is designed to pull out broken spark plug electrode shields in Ford Triton engines 2004 to the present.The custom-built guide works with a special extended length 8" tap for easy extraction of the broken spark plug electrode shield. "Try removing a broken two-piece spark plug from a Ford Triton 3 valve engine (without it)." For more information about this product, go to:

10) Snap-on Radiator Pressure Test Kit 

"The Snap-on Radiator Pressure Test Kit finds leaks you might not otherwise see." The cooling system tester No. SVTS262C tests pressure caps and cooling systems for leaks on a wide variety of domestic and import vehicles. For more information on this product, go to:

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