Tool Reviews: AutoEnginuity 7.0 ScanTool and Coastal Boot N.O.S. boots

March 27, 2009
Our review panel takes a look at new boots from Snap-on and diagnostic equipment from AutoEnginuity.

AutoEnginuity 7.0 ScanTool

AutoEnginuity's 7.0 ScanTool update focuses on introducing the full 2008 model year support for all enhanced expansions. The release includes support for the SAE 1979 May 2007 update, including the new Mode 6 and 2010 diesel-sensor support. The update also offers enhanced family support for Chrysler, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota makes and models.


Mike Steptoe, a PTEN review panelist and shop owner in Fort Atkinson, Wis., liked the AutoEnginuity ScanTool, especially for its ability to be used with a laptop for ease of reading graphs and numbers on a laptop's larger screen.

"Being able to use with a laptop and have graphs and alpha-numeric readings all on one screen at 15 inches versus six inches makes it easier to watch the screen and notice glitches," Steptoe said. "It's easy to get connected to a vehicle, and the updates from their website went very smoothly. It works really well."

Steptoe thought the horsepower readouts would be essential to performance tuners for quick setup and checking of numbers.
Otherwise, he likes the idea of having a dedicated laptop with the tool for the benefit of storing "hundreds of cars' info for future reference, particularly when a car is running fine to compare data when a similar vehicle is in for repair service."

Snap-on Tools N.O.S. boots from Coastal Boot

The Snap-on Tools N.O.S. boots, manufactured by Coastal Boot, utilize full-grain leather and mesh uppers. The leather provides strength and support where needed, and the mesh portion reduces overall weight and improves air circulation. The unique design is exclusive to Snap-on and includes a YKK zipper for easy on/off.

The YKK zipper on the inside ankle is the same used in better known SWAT tactical boots. The polyurethane insole and outsoles are lightweight and provide comfort and stability for all-day use.


Mike Steptoe, a PTEN review panelist and shop owner in Fort Atkinson, Wis., was impressed with the Snap-on N.O.S. boots from Coastal Boot.

"The high-top boot has very nice ankle support, and the zipper on the side makes them very easy to get on with the high top."

Overall, Steptoe liked the support and comfort of the boot, and also appreciated the Hot Rod-style flames on the toe.

"The sole has good grip on wet concrete," Steptoe said. "And over the Wisconsin winter, they've been quite warm walking all day on cold concrete."

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