With so much software currently available for running diagnostics for your car, it can all get a bit challenging when trying to figure out what tools are really vital. While a lot of it depends on what car you have and what you use your car for, there are some tools that are universally useful for every car owner. As such, here is some of the best car diagnostic software in 2020.
Toad Scanning Tool
One of the best OBD (on-board diagnostic) tools currently available is the Toad scanning tool, which allows you to run a completely comprehensive check on your car. Through customizable graphs, Toad makes it possible for you to understand complexities within your car’s system and allows you to fix any issues that you observe. For instance, this tool has a feature which tunes and reprograms your ECU chip data if necessary.
However, there are many useful features, such as “diagnosing common problems” which allows you to quickly check and solve any surface level, easy-to-fix problems with your car, it can optimize fuel consumption, and it can reveal your car’s C02 emissions, thus allowing you to keep your carbon footprint in check. These are just a few examples however, and there are many other useful features. Toad also comes with a guide which helps you navigate the tool and understand the problems detected in your vehicle.
OBD Auto Doctor
OBD Auto Doctor is a multiplatform diagnostic software, fully functional on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux computer systems, along with Android and iOS mobile devices. It also works with both diesel and gas engines, meaning anybody can use it regardless of engine type of computer/mobile brand. In regard to features, this tools main advantages are its extensive offline database of over 14,000 diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) and its Freeze Frame feature, which provides a very useful snapshot of the engine, allowing you to thoroughly examine its condition with DTC and parameter readings giving additional details.
You can also export these readings to text files for improved accessibility. It also monitors all of the car’s reported sensor values for things like fuel consumption and shows numeric sensor values in a histography format. These values can help you figure out important things like what’s the best motor oil for your car and what’s the best battery for your car, for example. In addition, the program includes oxygen sensor monitors along with readiness monitors capable of self-testing the emission systems
ScanTool is great diagnostic software with specialized coverage for 52 different car makers, including Ford, BMW, and Toyota. This program comes with an AutoEnguinity OBD-II vehicle interface and enhanced expansions that allows users to access many different systems, such as airbags, instrument cluster, body controllers, and more. ScanTool also has a fully customizable user interface that you can arrange to fit your preferences. In addition, like OBD Auto Doctor this tool also stores Freeze Frame data, but also stores oxygen sensor data and Mode 6 data as well.