The Best Cheap Scan Tools You Should Buy

The Best Cheap Scan Tools You Should Buy


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rev up your engines! it’s time for the Scotty Kilmer Channel,
welcome to mechanic Monday, on a rainy Monday,
today I’m going to answer the question, and inexpensive scan tools any good,
now being a mechanic for the last 50 years, and being a famous YouTuber,
I’ve tried out scores of inexpensive scan tools over the years,
and basically I can tell you about the good, the bad, and the ugly,
I’ve had some that when you plug it in nothing happened at all,
I’ve had some when you plug them in it gave you data that made no sense, and then it would
say stuff like, oh if you find problems with our tool, please tell us about it so we can
make it better, and I found some like this Ancel, that costs
$39 that actually work really well for what they do,
for example, this does obd data, you just press enter and it goes into the
data, it even does graphing data, this is graphing
data for the ignition timing, this vehicle has a problem with the ignition
as you can see just idling the timing is all over the place when it should remain steady,
it does the I/M checks to see if it will pass state inspections,
and these are even color coded green means it’s good and orange means that it’s not ready
yet, so it’s got 1,2,3,4 not ready yet,
so this would not pass inspection, you can look up trouble codes on it and see
what it means, that’s the code that this vehicle has,
you actually get a lot of information for $39,
now there are even more sophisticated lower priced scan tools like this Blue Driver that
works on a phone app, it can even do Mode 6 data like professional
mechanics have, this particular one is $99, but for $39 some little scan tools do a lot,
and since this is a mechanic Monday, I’m giving this Ancel away,
just post a clean non-offensive comment in the YouTube comments below and a computer
will randomly pick a winner and you’ll get this tool free,
and since entropy is the end state of all matter, that’s a fair way to pick a winner,
thanks for watching this video and good luck in the contest,
so if you never want to miss another one of my new car repair videos, remember to ring
that bell!

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  2. Thank you so much for making this video Scotty. I am looking for a reliable scan tool so i can do my own work and i think i will try out that Ancel you recommended.

  3. Hi Scotty, Can you recommend a obd scan tool that does everything like detect srs, abs, transmission, ebd trouble codes also that works with most cars

  4. Mate ive been watching your videos and have always found wealth of ideas from it. U have a broad mechanical knowledge. Thanks for helping out. I am looking at buying one scanner for my car. hopefully the one youve shown on your video. Cheers

  5. Scotty I've watched your videos for about 6 years now… and I learn something new everyday… you've saved me so much money and break everything down so easily a child can fix it… just 2anted to say thank you brother and keep up the good work….. 👍😉

  6. Who was the winner Mr. Scott? If it was a scam, I am going to be nasty, offensive and more importantly, unclean. Sic!

  7. I have an ancel too and I love it; the graphs can be misleading if you don't pay attention to the min max values but otherwise it works really well

  8. I know very little about these scanners. So this video helps. I have 1998 Pathfinder that is in very good shape for its age. But I do have mechanical problems and I do most of the work myself. I'm just tired of not knowing what the problem really is. I like your recommendation so I'm going to try it. I don't need all these gadgets and computer programs, just the code. And internet access !!

  9. My husband has 07 chevy 5.3 Silverado engine light blinking and stabilize light on also has bad wheel bearing could that effect anything

  10. I have a $12 Canadian ebay special which read the codes fine. Saved me a trip to the garage. That's all I use it for though – just reading codes – no reset etc… 😉

  11. OK got the Foxwell NT301and checked some readings on the Z28 Camaro
    LS1.
    At idle STFT 3.1% Bank 1, STFT 1.6% Bank 2
    LTFT -10.2 % Bank 1, 10.9 % Bank 2

    At 2000RPM
    STFT 3.9% Bank 1, -11.7 % Bank 2
    LTFT 4.7% Bank 1, -8.6 % bank 2

    Looks like something common to both banks like MAF or MAP or Fuel
    Regulator, but not sure where to go now !!
    The Fuel pump and Regulator are in the Tank and this could be a big job
    to drop the tank. Or I could try doing the Trapdoor MOD but this is a
    bit scary Too.

    This problem is not constant it only drops codes once and a while but
    after 13 years of having them come up I would like to get rid of the
    problem.
    Graeme in OZ

  12. Graeme in OZ
    UPDATE !!!!!!!!!
    This weekend may have found my issue, while checking PCV valve I noticed there was a small rubber pipe connected to the valve cover then led to PCV valve the push on connection was very easy to pull apart so I installed small hose clamp to secure it. I then connected my newly acquired Foxwell NT301 OBD2 Engine Fault Code Reader Scanner and found the instrument gave me a green tick indication when connected where as before it was an orange triangle (Yellow indicates there's an issue that has been solved). The Short Term Fuel Trim readings now look better showing around -2 banks 1 & 2 LTFT is about -9 but from what I've read this takes time to adjust after problem is resolved.
    Will need to take her for a few drives to see if I have solved the 13 Year issue !!!!!!!!.
    Graeme in OZ

  13. Graeme in OZ
    UPDATE !!!!!!!!!
    This weekend may have found my issue, while checking PCV valve I noticed there was a small rubber pipe connected to the valve cover then led to PCV valve the push on connection was very easy to pull apart so I installed small hose clamp to secure it. I then connected my newly acquired Foxwell NT301 OBD2 Engine Fault Code Reader Scanner and found the instrument gave me a green tick indication when connected where as before it was an orange triangle (Yellow indicates there's an issue that has been solved). The Short Term Fuel Trim readings now look better showing around -2 banks 1 & 2 LTFT is about -9 but from what I've read this takes time to adjust after problem is resolved.
    Will need to take her for a few drives to see if I have solved the 13 Year issue !!!!!!!!.
    Graeme in OZ

  14. Graeme in OZ
    UPDATE !!!!!!!!!
    This weekend may have found my issue, while checking PCV valve I noticed there was a small rubber pipe connected to the valve cover then led to PCV valve the push on connection was very easy to pull apart so I installed small hose clamp to secure it. I then connected my newly acquired Foxwell NT301 OBD2 Engine Fault Code Reader Scanner and found the instrument gave me a green tick indication when connected where as before it was an orange triangle (Yellow indicates there's an issue that has been solved). The Short Term Fuel Trim readings now look better showing around -2 banks 1 & 2 LTFT is about -9 but from what I've read this takes time to adjust after problem is resolved.
    Will need to take her for a few drives to see if I have solved the 13 Year issue !!!!!!!!.
    Graeme in OZ

  15. Your amazing, your videos are so on point, I've accomplished so much because of how well you explain things….your a genius….

  16. I changed out my air flow sensor and my idle speed months ago on a 98 jeep grand zj i6 and am coming to the reality that this isn't a 57 chevy. Only the brain knows what the brain wants. Thanks.

  17. 1:29 I can't believe that I'm finally seeing the day that the word retarded is actually being used in the professional industry. LMFAO😂

  18. Hi Scotty!

    Great video as always, I bought this exact scan tool after watching! 👍

    Please, could you explain how to correctly check the ignition timing, as I had the same problem on my Honda Type R, using the graph function. (1:04)

    Again, great video and thank you for all the useful content, I have learnt a great deal from you online!

    You’re the best online mechanic!! 😎🔧🥇

  19. Scotty or other readers , which would you recommend ANCEL AD410 vs Ancel AD530 vs foxell NT 301 vs foxwell NT 201 vs Autel AutoLink AL319 vs KONNWEI KW850 ?

  20. Oh wow, I actually posted my issue on your website and saw this just now. I ordered my tool yesterday and it's the exact same model LOL

  21. Hello Scotty, what's the best scan tool for OBDI. What's the History of OBD1 VS OBD 1.5 VS vs. OBD2 and so on; Please do a video on it, I really want to know more about it.
    – I have a 1995 Cutlass Supreme with the LQ1 engine factory. I've been told that its engine had a partial upgrade to by GM for the 94 – 95 model years to OBD2?
    – I like my Cutlass and its engine, it's got amazing power for its displacement.
    – My Ignition & automotive mechanics knowledge is from automotive computer infancy! I went to 3 years of automotive technical courses high school and college; IT (computer) technician and its difficult to find the time to learn the modern GM, Ford, Chrysler &. Import systems. My last ignition coursework covered GM's HEI ignition system. I have read about them but want an seasoned automotive experts guidance. The books are not the best teacher.
    – I have a Chilton's manual online subscription, that is helpful but does not specify whether my engine LQ1 is an OBD 1.5 or greater. It also does not show what can be read by an inexpensive scan tool.
    – – Can I connect it with an adapter to an OBD2 scanner.

    – I had an inexpensive OBD1 scan tool but it did not work on this Cutlass Supreme LQ1.-

  22. Scotty I am a mechanic in Australia and I was out of the trade for a while I don't have enough to purchase a scanner I really need to have one as I am working on a Mazda 6 and it is more expensive than buying a scanner than to buy one getting stuck on every turn and I don't like charging a customer for a code read I hope that I can win the scanner you are giving away it would make me able to charge less for my customers thank you Clint from Australia cheers and thank you for your tips great advice…

  23. thanks for the information is most helpful and I'm going to be looking for that tool I would really love to win one and I hope the best for your future endeavors with the automotive information and I think I will subscribe

  24. Hey Scotty what does it mean when u take your car to a auto zone and get a diagnosis but when they put it in your car it shuts it off and want start up at all what does this mean? Do I have an electrical problem

  25. I have studied some mechanical literature and lessons on how a car works, but your videos make more sense and make it all come together much more visually and instructively. Hope I get the tool. Thank u so much.

  26. Lmao when. Your camshaft sensor is acting up just get this scan too it'll call it retarded for you lmao 🤣

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