Princess Auto Canada: Save $60 On AutoLink AL519 OBDII & CAN Scan Tool ($89.99)
Absolutely everyone should have one of these, and at this price, you can't afford not to have one. Get $60 off an AutoLink OBDII & CAN Scan Tool and get it for $89.99!
Seriously. I think everyone should have one of these. Doesn't matter if you're a car guy or if you're car clueless. What is this device I speak of, and why do I think you all need it? I'll tell you what it is first. Before I do that, I want to mention that I'm not a mechanic, so the information I'm giving you here is only what I've been told by mechanics. It could be incorrect for your vehicle or wrong altogether.
You know when you bring your car to the mechanic and he says he's gonna hook it up to the computer? Well this is the computer. Basically, it scans the car's sensors and computer to figure out what's broken.
But why do you, the consumer, want one of these? Well, it could save you tons of money. You know that ominous "check engine" light that comes on in your car on occasion? Well it doesn't always mean your engine is gonna explode. Sometimes, in some cars, it means that your gas cap is loose or not on. It could even mean the gas cap vent is plugged and there is too much pressure in your gas tank. I know this because these are all things I've experienced. In one instance I actually paid some local crook... er... mechanic... $70 to tell me that my gas cap was loose. What makes it worse is that in some cars the only way to clear the light is to run one of these scanners on the car.
In most cars there is an OBDII port under your steering column, down by the driver's feet. You just plug in this scanner and see what's up. Make sure that you do your research and find out if your car has an OBDII port. You can find that out online, or in your car's user manual.
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