Scan Tool for Heavy Duty Usage
What scan tool are you techs using for diagnostics on Class 4-8 vehicles. Please include likes and dislikes.
We sell every HD tool that exists, and have a person full time that tests them. The real quick summary: JPro = Required annual fees, does “ok” on most engines. The most commands you will see on any engine is around 12. Repair info is another fee each year. Looking at $3k per Year for software and repair info, then you still need an adapter and computer. Bosch ESI Truck & Cojali Jaltest =
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The first investment you will need to make is a RP1210 compliant device. Diesel Laptops sells the most popular adapters. I have experience with the Nexiq USB Link 2 and the Drewlink. Your best bet will be buying OEM software. Do an analysis and find out what trucks you work on the most (more specifically engines). In my area International and Cummins are some of the most common engines we see…
Anything you use on a regular consider an OE Tool. The Texa appears to be the best aftermarket tool on the market. When I wrote the following review I was at a shop servicing mainly class 5-7 trucks. We already had Cummins Insite, Wabco toolbox, Ford IDS, Navistar, and Allison DOC. My main push was to keep a small Isuzu fleet out of the dealership. Here is a review I wrote on the Autel
The Autel tool has not gotten any better. We did a bunch of testing in November 2017 and some this summer. Here is it failing pretty bad on a Detroit. youtu.be/-y87xAMYwik
I had a MBE 900 that the Autel reset DPF mileage (after replacement) on the CPC and not the MCM. The vehicle set a mismatch code. DDDL reset both without an issue. The procedure in the Autel has the same exact prompts and seems legit, it just simply does not work though. I'm sure there are many stories like this. I have been very critical of Autel in the past - before they every got into
We only have one fleet client with bigger trucks and they are all internationals. We have tested the AUtel and the Snap-on Prolink, found them both to be almost completely useless. I ordered the adapters and am licensing the OE software once it shows up ($800/year CAD). Suppose to arrive any day. Hoping to get what we need out of this, though I understand we may not get access to brakes or
Peter, You can get the Bendix software for free here. Meritor Wabco software is very reasonable.
You can also get the International J1708 software for free as well. This will work on all 2006 & older International engines.
Cummins also has a free code reader/generic data app. I used an elm327 with a Deutsch 9pin adapter. Obviously it's extremely limited. I mainly used it to double check my work after a final test drive and everyone was fighting for 1 PC.
I have the can do tool. It is decent but has very spotty coverage on systems other than engine. Its engine coverage is better for the imports in my opinion. For example heavy GM and Ford coverage is very sporadic. I have had the opportunity to use some of the other Chinese tools but the can do seems to have the most versatile coverage. Injector programming, manual regens and maintenance
I do not believe the HD market is served well by "stand alone" scan tools Your best bet is a computer, some DLC like a Cummins Inline 7, and OEM software I would have, perhaps bought Texa on someones's advice, but decided to go OEM as it's mostly american trucks that are serviced