One main disadvantage of my obsession with amassing vehicles, most of that are German, is the excessive value of insurance coverage and repairs. To date I’ve saved the restore payments low by doing my upkeep and restore. Nonetheless, automotive bills each month are nearly as a lot as my hire, however that doesn’t trouble me after I consider the enjoyment I get from driving my vehicles.
In the present day’s vehicles from Mazda to Mercedes-Benz are geared up with too many management methods and computer systems, such because the engine management unit (E.C.U.), S.R.S. airbag module, local weather management system, DSC, and transmission management module (T.C.M.), to call a couple of. As well as, there are computer systems for the instrument cluster, infotainment system, physique management capabilities, lively security options, passive security options, lighting, and different electrical capabilities. These superior automobiles are extra clever than ever, and in the event you begin messing with vehicles, you’ll rapidly study you could not diagnose these methods with an inexpensive OBD2 scanner from Harbour Freight, or the models that AdvanceAuto Components and AutoZone allow you to borrow totally free.
So I’m all the time searching for the most recent diagnostic scanners on the market, that can let me troubleshoot a number of vehicles with out breaking the financial institution. Not that way back, I discovered the YOUCANIC scanner on a discussion board thread. The scanner appeared very promising, and to be trustworthy, at first, I questioned if the YOUCANIC full system scanner was too good to be true. After doing a little analysis, I discovered the corporate was based in 2016, and sure, their scanner is actual and was launched in 2022. One of many predominant causes it caught my consideration is that it offers complete diagnostic capabilities for numerous car makes. Beneath is an instance on a full scan that I ran on a Mercedes-Benz.
So I made a decision to tug the set off and buy the YOUCANIC UCAN-II full-system scanner. To be trustworthy, though there are scanners from manufacturers like Autel or Launch lots of that are costlier, I had a funds of $500 max and wanted a scanner that might diagnose all methods in all forms of automobiles, so the YOUCANIC UCAN-II match my wants and funds.
To date the scanner has confirmed to turn out to be useful already. Simply a few weeks in the past, whereas driving my Infinti on the freeway, the engine out of the blue skilled intense vibrations, misplaced energy and abruptly shifted into second gear, remaining there till I returned dwelling. The engine mild on the instrument cluster all got here on on the identical time, and I used to be unable to drive quicker than 40 mph. I nonetheless had the scanner on my automotive so I hooket it up and it confirmed a fault code for turbo underpressure. See image beneath.
A typical strategy for somebody on this state of affairs is perhaps to make use of an affordable OBD scanner or cease by a retailer like AutoZone to buy one and plug it into the car’s OBD port. The difficulty is that low-cost OBD2 scanners don’t present details about the particular points with the producer faults saved within the varous management models. Nevertheless, after I used the YOUCANIC scanner and plugged it into the OBD2 port, it revealed fault codes within the numerous management models not simply the engine.
Now, in case you are a mechanic who focuses on engaged on Infinity automobiles each day, it could be value contemplating utilizing the manufacturing facility software that usually include a yearly subscription that usually run within the a whole lot and even 1000’s per 12 months. Nevertheless, in the event you work on quite a lot of totally different manufacturers, it could be extra advantageous to make use of go together with a scanner that may diagnose all methods on numerous makes.
Loads of full system scanners today are switching to subscription-based fashions. SnapOn has been doing subscriptions for some time. Vendor-level scanners require a yearly subscription. So do the brand new gamers corresponding to Carly for BMW or ThinkDiag scanner, and Autel AP200 lots of which you cannot use in the event you don’t pay the subscription yearly. In fact, if it’s worthwhile to add new mannequin 12 months protection you’ll have to pay, however a lot of the examples above cease working utterly until you pay a yearly subscription price.
One of many causes I purchased the YOUCANIC scanner is the truth that it doesn’t require any ongoing subscription to maintain it working and it doesn’t even want web to make use of it. The YOUCANIC scanner can be able to performing testing or what’s often known as bi-directional assist. For instance, it may be used to find out if a difficulty with a malfunctioning window is brought on by a defective change or motor. It will probably carry out ABS bleed. Injector coding. It will probably even go additional by using check capabilities to function the particular module in query and confirm that it isn’t damaged. The corporate guarantees to assist new automotive fashions for as much as three years, so my scanner ought to be capable to work with new vehicles popping out, regardless that I’ve not examined it on something newer than 2022. For me what issues is that the scanner will stay purposeful without end for all 1996 to 2023 model-year automobiles with out a want for paying a yearly subscription.
Whereas the scanner can learn, clear codes, and think about stay knowledge from any management unit, the one factor the present model of the YOUCANIC scanner is missing is the power to program or code numerous management models. Appears to me that the YOUCANIC scanner shouldn’t be geared in direction of programming management models, however nonetheless it does have quite a few capabilities that sometimes require a go to to a dealership, together with coding new injectors, registering a brand new battery, releasing digital parking brakes, individually testing car methods, and troubleshooting TPMS lights. Additionally, its skill to program keys and TPMS could also be extra restricted than some diagnostic scanners that I researched however most of them had been between $1500 and $3000. For instance, it may program a brand new key fob in a couple of vehicles, however not others, significantly not on BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes, and Porsches. Truthfully even the costlier scanners can’t program keys on newer European vehicles corresponding to Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Land Rovers, and Porsche, in order that didn’t shock me. It’s not all the time clear which vehicles work finest for programming keys, so it’s a good suggestion to contact assist for clarification.
All through the years, I’ve used quite a lot of diagnostic scanners corresponding to Autel, Launch, and SnapON. The YOUCANIC UCAN-II scanner has rapidly turn out to be my favourite software. I respect the short assist from the corporate. There are additionally loads of useful movies and tutorials on their web site and Youtube channel, in addition to a devoted assist utility if I would like a second opinion on a automotive concern. To date, the YOUCANIC UCAN-II has been a sport changer, and I really feel like I’ve barely scratched the floor of its capabilities. In the event you solely have one dependable car and don’t do your auto restore work, you might not get the complete worth out of this software. Nevertheless, when you have a few vehicles from totally different manufacturers or are the go-to particular person for automotive questions amongst your family and friends, I believe you’ll be completely happy along with your buy. I actually am. To date, the YOUCANIC scanner has been a useful software, permitting me to carry out complete scans on numerous vehicles, vans, and pickup vans. I’ve used the software on my Infiniti, and Mazda in addition to on a pal’s Acura and Porsche. With the YOUCANIC scanner, I really feel like having a vendor tech in my pocket. Which is a good feeling as a result of it’s often the opposite means round.