I have had experiences with many brands of OBD 2 scanners and readers. In my latest sojourns, I needed something that could enable me to save data, which has not been possible with the latest tool I have installed on my car.
On the other hand, the irritating check the engine light seems to have gone beyond the basic reader, which is what I currently have on my car. However, in the course f my searches, I realized that I could get a compact device which is plug_and_play.
I found the Autel AL519 AutoLink Enhanced OBD ll Scan Tool to fit just my description. In the course of my short use, I have realized that the tool has some of the following points of consideration. Let me give you some tips in the below review:
The Pros of the Autel AL519 Scanner
In spite of the numerous benefits that most of the users of this OBD 2 machine enumerated on the several stores where I shopped, some of the notable strengths I have seen include the following:
Autel AL519 thrives on simplicity. As I noticed, the process of using this tool was straightforward. For instance, I found the various code translations quite helpful as I was able to understand quickly. There are several other enabling areas like the screen and the buttons that make the tool work seamlessly.
It reduced my car repair costs. While initially, the primary code reader that I had could not help me do the simple repairs on my own, this one did. For instance, with the tool, I’m able to read, update and even erase the data codes on the screen to enable further reading. All these at one point forced me to visit mechanics, something which is now out of the way.
With its I can easily navigate keypads, my fault code reading and repair has been quite easy in the past few months. What’s more, I have come to fall in love with the comprehensive user manual that allows for quick setup and use.
This scan tool has both manufacturer specific and generic codes. I have even loved this fact as it helps me to repair various faults in different cars I have. Added to the fact that this tool requires only plugging, you can move it quickly without any trouble.
I like the design of the scanner. The fact that the scan tool is in a compact form with additional accessories like a nylon case for protection USB and cable, I was able to move it without fear of breaking if it fell.
It comes at an incredible price. When I purchased the tool, I was skeptical of its capacity as there were others that had cost the same and given me a hell of problems. I was surprised how this tool delivered on its promise as advertised.
The OBD 2 tool has a battery for backup. While in some instances, I saw users praising other instruments that relied on engine power, the fact that it has a backup battery made it work even when the engine was switched off.
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The Cons of the Autel AL519 Scanner
In spite of the numerous upsides that I have noted with the Autel Al519, some of the areas that may disturb its use include;
It does not update its database online. While there is a lot of hype ease of update, I realized that I could not do so with ease.
When I checked, I realized that the company portal no longer supported the OBD 2 tool of this version. Though I still worked, there are some areas it cannot cover because of that.
The tool can be very scanty with its range of information at times. While I appreciated its strengths, the lack of updates makes it unable to get the requisite codes, especially if they are complicated. As such, it has always served in my yard as an essential tool.
There is a Mismatch in power requirements from the tool. While I bought the device with its battery for backup, I have always found the means to work better when plugged into the OBD 2 port. As such, its functions get impeded if the engine is off which is not what the seller alludes.
Access, ease and cost efficiency are the major pillars of any OBD 2 sold in the market. The presence of scanners that do not meet the threshold in spite of their cost is an occurrence most of us know.
The Autel AL519 AutoLink Enhanced OBD ll Scan Tool, though described as a primary reader in some quarters does more than expected. It’s worth anyone’s time.
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