Get Rid of That Check Engine Light with Bargains on OBD2 Scanners

A solid OBD2 scanner can end up saving you a lot of money over time—and so can today’s deals.

byMichael Febbo|
Get Rid of That Check Engine Light with Bargains on OBD2 Scanners

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One of the upsides of cars getting more complicated is that they can tell you what's wrong with them. Your On Board Diagnostic system, OBD, monitors and tests the systems of the car continually during operation. When something isn't functioning correctly, the Check Engine Light pops up in the instrument cluster. Usually, you need to take the car someplace to find out what the problem is, unless you have an OBD scanner.

Right now, there's a selection of OBD2 scanners on sale and in all different price ranges. Like most things, the more you spend, the more functionality you get. The less expensive models will let you scan codes, which will either give you an alpha-numeric code that you can lookup online to find the problem, or some even have a database of codes built in, to save the extra step. The more expensive scanners will allow you to give information back to the car, to do things like reset electronic parking brakes, reset airbags and reset readiness codes for emissions.