Freightliner diagnostic Scanner Recommendation
Good morning team,
I stuck this post in "Driveability" as I figured it would get more views and feedback from the persons standing behind the scanners. Please repost if I may have infringed. I have a fleet of M2 Business Class Freightliner trucks ranging from 2007 to 2020 all with Mercedes Benz / DDE MBE900 and 4000 engines. I need access to all the modules with decent bi-directional controls, data streams and special functions/applications. There is only 1 unit with an Allison transmission and the trucks are a combo of tractor heads and full chassis with single and tandem drive axles.
I need your suggestions on an affordable scanner, can be pc based or handheld that will cover my needs. Have not had much need for reflashing but it may just be a matter of time. All the trucks are EPA 2007 or "older". Some with and without EGR.
New or good used with valid subscription and updates are both options. Will get on the phone today with a well-known online supplier to see their offers/suggestions.
If you have that many you may be able to get Freightliner to sell you one. Unfortunately R2R doesn’t cover heavy duty so they aren’t forced to sell tools to the public if they don’t want to
Good morning, I'm not a Heavy Duty tech, however, you may wish to look at the Autel heavy duty tool. A friend has one, although he uses it in his multi line shop.
Try DrewLinQ from Drew Tech. It is J1939 Pass-Thru tool for Heavy Duty trucks and Consctruction Equipment. In accordance with its coverage, it supports FreightlinerServiceLink: DrewLinQ User Manual (drewtech.com)
Our shop uses manufacture software Diagnostic Link. PC based a year subscript is about $500. You would also need a translator box we have used Nexiq USB link 2 there are others out there for purchase . dtnacontent-dtna.prd.freightliner.com/content/public…
I would go OEM (DDDC) with a Nexiq uselink2. Also the Snap On Prolink does a pretty decent job as well.
Second the snap on prolink, use it for my fleet of hinos and kenworths
The Texa and Autel units are both very good. The Autel will have the lowest price.
Look at the Bosch 3824A it has the full converge and wiring schematics with it. boschdiagnostics.com/hd/vehicle-cov…
We have the Autel CV & the Bosch in our shop. All of our techs first grab is the Autel for the Freightliner/MBE work.
Hi team, The Bosch tablet looks great from all the reviews but out of my dollar range right now, the hand held HD250 seems good as well but I would love a test run and or comparison sheet. Nexiq is pretty much Freightliner and for the tool plus subscription, it's a bit to pay for just one make. I have access to Launch HD or correctly so the access to purchase but not Autel CV. I find the 2…
I am using the Drew Link at this time with Cummins and Cat software the diesel laptops diesel Explorer isn't very good so you might want to find a better software the software that you use is going to be key the other downside of the Drew link is no Wireless it's USB cable only also the software is available from Freightliner your best bet is to go on to the dtna website or whatever it's called…
The other thing I forgot to mention is when you have high level bi-directional controls it is awesome when it comes to diag I used to have a Tech 2 through AC Delco and the ability to do so many of those bi-directional controls was addictive