Freightliner diagnostic Scanner Recommendation

Martin Owner/Technician New York Posted   Latest   Edited  

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.

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Wesley Manager
North Carolina
Wesley
 

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

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Jamie Owner/Technician
Ontario
Jamie
   

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.

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Stanislav Technical Support Specialist
Russian Federation
Stanislav
 

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)

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Rick Technician
Virginia
Rick
 

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…

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Edwin Mobile Technician
South Carolina
Edwin
   

I would go OEM (DDDC) with a Nexiq uselink2. Also the Snap On Prolink does a pretty decent job as well.

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Adrian Service Manager
Texas
Adrian
 

Second the snap on prolink, use it for my fleet of hinos and kenworths

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Ken Owner
Louisiana
Ken
 

The Texa and Autel units are both very good. The Autel will have the lowest price.

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Eric Technical Support Specialist
Washington
Eric
 

Look at the Bosch 3824A it has the full converge and wiring schematics with it. boschdiagnostics​.​com/hd/vehicle-cov…

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Jonathan Technician
Washington
Jonathan
 

We have the Autel CV & the Bosch in our shop. All of our techs first grab is the Autel for the Freightliner/MBE work.

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Martin Owner/Technician
New York
Martin
 

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…

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Jesse Owner/Technician
Pennsylvania
Jesse
 

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…

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Jesse Owner/Technician
Pennsylvania
Jesse
 

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

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Jesse Owner/Technician
Pennsylvania
Jesse
 

And also it did cut diag time majorly because of all the things that you could do with it

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