Category: Diagnostic Scantool reviews


If you have a problem with your Fiat or Alfa Romeo car or Fiat Van, then you really should look at the Multiecuscan software for Windows. It is an affordable way for the home mechanic, small garage or even a large garage branching out into multi marque service and repair to access near dealer level coverage on Fiat and Alfa Romeo vehicles

Multiecuscan diagnostic software for Italian vehicles is also ideal for the  garages that specialise in servicing and repair of Fiat and Alfa Romeo vehicles

Using the free version of the software and a kkl cable with built in pin switching, you can access a lot more than basic reading and clearing engine faults. It works on older cars too  by using the 3 pin to 16 pin OBD2 adaptor, it can go back as far as the early nineties.

New era Fiat and Alfa Romeo

If you have or maintain the new Fiat or Alfa Romeo vehicles, then the registered kit is for you. With it you can read and clear codes, perform proxy alignments, reset service indicator lights, match injectors, in fact pretty much all the garage would be able to do without paying through the nose. Examples of the coverage include. Fiat 500 airbag reset, oil service light reset on all late model Fiat and Alfa Romeo vehicles including the Fiat commercials. Also as manufacturers are pooling their resources and using engines or whole vehicles rebadged ( the new Opel combo springs to mind) this kit will work equally as well on these rebadged Fiat vehicles

Scantool-Direct are an appointed distributor for the Multiecuscan software and have a full compliment of suitable tools to use with the software, from a basic kkl cable to the all in one multiplexed professional system, we can supply a kit that is suited to your needs whether it be home based occasional use or specialist professional use.

you can see our range of Multiecuscan Fiat and Alfa Romeo tools and software here:

Scantool Direct Multiecuscan Fiat and Alfa Romeo diagnostics

Any questions or if you need help deciding which kit is right for you email us on support@scantool-direct.co.uk

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OK, So you have got your first EOBD scan tool, You have read the manual, and are ready to go tackle the dreaded engine light on your car. You plug the scanner into the port in your car and do the first scan, the tool comes up with 3 trouble codes, one is a problemwith coolant temp circuit, one is MAF related and one is O2 sensor heater circuit, are there three problems with the car?

This is where most first time users go wrong, chances are there are not 3 problems with the car but only one which is causing the management light to come on, many inexperienced users automatically think if the scanner shows a MAF fault  “it must be the Airflow meter” which is not necessarily the case, it might have been disconnected in the past or the wiring / plug could be corroded which would all show a MAF fault. Many airflow meters have been bought and fitted with the problem not cured and the DIYer has given up and sent the car to a garage to be repaired where they have paid for the car to be repaired and the price of the airflow meter on top, could come to a hefty bill,  hardly a way to save money is it?

Any of these codes could have been logged in the past and stored in the ECU memory. Usually the best procedure is to note the codes, (write them down, you wont remember them!) or if the Scantool supports it store the diagnostic session for future reference, and then delete the codes stored in the ECU memory, then take the car for a drive or monitor the ECU for a day or two if the problem does not occur immediately. Most scanners will have an option to look for “pending codes” , what are pending codes I hear you say, Pending codes are trouble codes that have not materialised into full-blown codes and the engine malfunction light might not be illuminated yet, but the ECU has noted that there may be a problem and is monitoring the situation closely, this is a good way of catching any faults before they cause any problems with the engine management.

So the first rule is don’t assume the scanner has all the answers, maybe in the past someone has disconnected a sensor and this would have stored a trouble code. It is always best to clear any codes found first time and see which codes return and concentrate on these problems. Another useful feature is the Freeze Frame function which we will cover next time.

An ideal first time scantool is the Launch Creader Vi as it has the oprion to save up to 29 scans in the tool memory, these can be bought here www.scantool-direct.co.uk

The ElmScan 5 Interface is a great EOBD tool for the cost conscious  DIY, it will work on all EOBD compliant vehicles (Petrol engined cars from 2001 and Diesels from 2004 made for the UK and European market)

Other countries implemented the OBD2 earlier, USA cars were compliant from 1996

What is supplied?

The ELMscan 5 Compact USB tool is supplied with a Software CD which has the drivers, manuals and OBDwiz diagnostic software,

is it easy to install?

Once the disc is placed in the computer CD drive it autoruns displaying the various product options available, for this tool select the ELMscan 5 Compact option

Is setting up the tool easy?

 On the the drivers section there are various programmes including the OBDWiz diagnostic software, troubleshooting and quick start guides, there are also 2 sets of drivers ,one for the older Win 98, ME and 2K windows systems, and another for the XP, Vista and Windows 7 systems choose the correct drivers for your operating system, the USB drivers install quickly, then you are ready to install the OBDWiz diagnostic software,

Is it easy to install the OBDWiz software?

To install the  OBDWiz software you need to have the supplied CD placed in the CD drive, once the CD has run look for the OBDWiz install link and click it, once it has installed and you have applied the activation key (supplied on the outer cover of the CD),connect the tool to the computer and the diagnostic socket on the car, turn the ignition on but dont start the engine yet and open the OBDWiz software, click auto detect and then connect, you should see the red light get brighter and the tx/rx lights cycle from left to right, The OBDWIZ diagnostic software, which displays and clears any fault codes found in the engine ECU, also displays live streaming data from the various sensors used in monitoring the engine parameters (coolant temp, MAF, Intake Air Temp, measured RPM etc)

Our opinion:

This is a great value OBD2/EOBD diagnostic tool and with the supplied  OBDWiz diagnostic software, you dont need anything else other than a laptop/computer.

The software supplied is capable of data logging, you can take a problematic vehicle out on a test run and view the live data stored on the run in your own time,

Other elm327 kits are available from other suppliers with software but they are more expensive than this kit, also the thing that swings it for us is the three year manufacturers warranty and factory support included in all the scantool.net products.

All in all a great value product.

You can buy these from the Official UK distributor www.scantool-direct.co.uk  at a great price.

All Scantool products are guaranteed genuine and are supplied with full factory support

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The software is compatible with XP Vista and Windows 7