|Item Weight||4.8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||6.2 x 5 x 1 inches|
|Item model number||423001|
|Manufacturer Part Number||423001|
ScanTool 423001 ElmScan 5 Compact OBD-II Scan Tool and OBDwiz Diagnostic Software ( Compatible with all Windows OS programs including Windows 8 Operating System )
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- Read and clear trouble codes (over 7000 generic and manufacturer-specific codes), turn off check engine light, view freeze frame; display, record, and graph 90+ real-time parameters; calculates MPG
- Find out why your check engine light is on before visiting the mechanic; save money by fixing simple problems yourself
- See for yourself if your vehicle will pass smog/emissions test
- Easy to install and use; free license key for OBDwiz software
- Works with all models - year 1996 and newer cars and light trucks
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ElmScan 5 is the perfect entry-level scan tool for the budget-minded do-it-yourself mechanic. ElmScan 5 compact lets you turn your computer into a sophisticated diagnostic system. The scan tool is a breeze to install and configure and provides a lot more information about your vehicle, than a handheld scan tool. It is fully OBD-II compliant and works with any Windows PC with a USB port. ElmScan 5 includes all necessary hardware and software to diagnose your vehicle's problem. The free exclusive, feature-packed OBD wiz diagnostics software included with the scan tool allows you to: turn off check engine light, and erase stored diagnostic information. Read and erase stored, pending, and permanent trouble codes (both generic and manufacturer-specific, over 7000 codes in database). Built-in online lookups for probable causes and possible solutions, access freeze frame information. Display, graph and log 90+ real-time parameters. Create custom digital dashboard. Measure and display fuel economy and much more. Recommended third party software: easy OBDII Pro Scan diagnostic software, Scan Master, Scan XL standard (including GM, Ford, and Mazda add-ons). Touch scan package contents: ElmScan 5 compact unit quick start guide installation CD (device drivers, user documentation, OBDwiz diagnostic software). This product comes with a 90 day money back guarantee, and 3 year "repair or replace" warranty.
From the manufacturer
ElmScan 5 Compact: USB OBD Adapter/Diagnostic Scanner
The Perfect Entry-level Scan Tool for the DIY Mechanic
ElmScan 5 Compact can be used as a diagnostic scan tool, logger, and real-time performance monitor. All you need is a 1996 or newer vehicle and a Windows PC with a USB port, and you have a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use diagnostics system. ElmScan 5 Compact is a breeze to install and configure and features unparalleled performance, exceptional third-party software support, free lifetime software updates, and a modest price tag.
Includes Exclusive OBDwiz PC Diagnostics Software
ElmScan 5 Compact includes the free OBDwiz PC diagnostics software for Windows PCs, laptops, and netbooks. OBDwiz is packed with outstanding features that make it easy to access, graph, log and export real-time engine data. You can also clear the 'Check Engine Light,' read all diagnostic trouble codes and research them online, check emissions test readiness, and calculate instantaneous and average MPG. Want more gauges? Create a custom live dashboard directly on your screen!
Maximum Vehicle Coverage
ElmScan 5 Compact works with all 1996 and newer cars & light trucks sold in the United States (except hybrid or electric vehicles). It also supports EOBD, JOBD, and all other international variants of OBD-II. The automatic protocol detection algorithm enables ElmScan 5 to connect to more OBD-compliant makes & models than any other scan tool.
- Maximum vehicle coverage
- Free Windows PC diagnostic software
- More software options
- 3-year manufacturer warranty
- Supports Windows PC, laptops, netbooks & tablets
- Free support forum moderated by engineering staff
- Note: This product is not compatible with hybrid or electric vehicles
Top Customer Reviews
I have a rather large collection of tools, but have never purchased a scan tool, as one has always been provided by work. And I'm cheap.
Now I've grown as sick and tired of the behavior of car dealerships as most of their customers have. So I've begun to work for myself. This was a budget purchase to allow me to be able to do 'check engine' light repairs. Drivability / engine performance has always been a specialty, and it's generally more lucrative than 'grunt' work like brake and suspension stuff. Especially when you don't have a lift. And it's commonly less of a headache than trying to do electrical work without access to manufacturer resources (wiring diagrams, signal specs).
All of that said...A few years ago, you couldn't buy a pocket code reader (one of those little guys that just reads and clears generic P-codes) for the price of this thing.
Now $25 gets you a device that reads/clears codes, includes a decent collection of code definitions, shows freeze frame data, and reads/records/graphs live data. When I started seeing stand-alone scan tools that would do all of this for under $1000, I was ecstatic.
But what's this cost, again? Yep, 25 bucks (at the time of this review).
- You need to provide your own laptop or netbook. Obviously. Then again, that still means you can have all the above-described functionality for $400 or less...and you get a 'free' Windows PC thrown in.
- Live data is slow to update. This can be from a number of factors, but I'm 99% sure the old Elm327 chip is the bottleneck. It still works, and and graphing over time can still be useful. But looking for minuscule blips in sensor data is going to be hard. Luckily, that's not often required.
And that's it for the bad. Pretty insignificant, I'd say, since most people are just going to want to read/clear codes and will not be doing advanced drivability diagnosis.
That guy you see at the dealership, probably using a fairly old Toughbook with a big awkward box hooked up to it? Yeah, he's got a much better resource. Data updates as close to instantly as possible. And he can do a few extra things: Update/reprogram the software of various electronic modules (like the ECM/PCM). Activate outputs (e.g. open evap purge valve, activate electric fan, ect). Program keys and remotes.
He also is using something the dealer probably paid $4-5,000 or more for, not including the cost of keeping their software licenses current (you pay per machine).
I'm running this on a Lenovo I bought new, over two years ago, for less than $400. "Pentium dual-core," which I believe is just a slightly neutered old Core2duo, with 2GB of memory. OBDWiz is a great little program, and there is of course a lot more stuff available. On the cars I've used this on so far, I have encountered no issues with connecting, reading/clearing codes, reading PIDs, ect.
Essentially: If you're a mechanic who wants decent scan tool functionality at a super-cheap price, or anyone who attempts to DIY on OBD2 vehicles, this is what you need. Even if you want to upgrade later to something pricier...well, if you can afford that, you're not going to miss your $25 much. And I've seen the more expensive generic PC-based cables and software...they're really not that much better.
If this doesn't do it for you, well, I hope you're freaking loaded, because the next big step up is hardware/software from the vehicle manufacturer. Or at least a MODIS or similar.
And, despite the added functionality, don't even get me started on how primitive, ugly, unstable, and unintuitive some automakers' stuff actually is. Yes, Ford, I'm looking at you. IDS is a friggin' joke. Like a six-year-old programmed it in VB.
Basically, conclusion: bad reviews are from people expecting way too much, or using non-legit (i.e. pirated) software with it (which can cause problems). The vast majority of buyers are set with OBDWiz. I don't know what's up with the complaint of it only reading 'a few' PID's...I see the same stuff a stand-alone tool would spit out. RPM, MAP, MAF, TPS, O2's, fuel trims, ect.
installation was easy, but simply plugging the scanner into the laptop while connected to the internet got better results because windows automatically finds the best drivers.
when you first try to connect i found it easiest to click auto-detect to make sure the pc can communicate to the scanner.. then click connect and it finds the correct protocol to use.
Reading and clearing codes was very easy.
To view all the PIDS you have to manually set it to monitor all of them or you only get a few. However when you do this the PID update rate gets very very slow and is almost useless, I was able to rev the engine up and let it come back down to idle and the scanner never updated in time to pick up the RPM change.
If you deselect all PID's and select only RPM, it will update almost instantly so the update rate depends on the car AND how much data you are trying to pull all at once. when selecting 5 or less PID's the update rate is acceptable
I've tried this product on a 2006 Honda Ridgeline and a 1996 Ford Escort, the escort appeared to have faster data refresh rates, but was still too slow when all PID's were selected
Overall this product is worth the low cost if you're trying to check and clear codes, and if you know what you're doing you can do SOME diagnostics with this, to do any real diagnosis you need a much much faster scan tool capable of monitoring all PID's as fast as the car will update them.
OBDWiz was the best software I tried for this scanner, stick with and check for updates within the program to auto update to the newest version and gain some more power
Also the best way to install the software onto a netbook is to copy the CD onto another computer and transfer it to the netbook. Or create an ISO image of the CD using daemon tools and mount it in a virtual drive
The default feature set is much more than I need right now, but as a former mechanic, I can see the value of this device along with more advanced software for some of the most complex issues.
The only thing I had to do was run the program as Administrator (Windows 8), to get it to connect. (Right click on the shortcut and choose "Run as Administrator".
Well my check engine light came on and I read the code; the Dodge Store wanted to charge me about $500 to diagnose and fix the problem. I diagnosed it myself, went on you-tube and learned how to change out an EGR valve, and picked up the part at a local auto parts store with a 20% off coupon, I fixed the thing in 1/2 hour and the parts were $33. This is the best gadget in my toolbox!
It even tells you if you will pass smog and is configurable for different states emission standards.
It hooked right up to my Toshiba laptop and linked up to the truck computer--super simple--Do not hesitate to get one of these!!!