Lots of people own nice cars. I own a 2007 Chevy Cobalt that perseveres through high mileage, minor mechanical problems and the unavoidable fact that my car is almost 13 years old. While I can honestly state that I am proud of how few problems my Cobalt gives me, I’d be lying if I said my check engine light never comes on. In fact, a few weeks ago I had my friend stop by with his OBD scanner to check out why my *Gulp* “Check Engine Light” came on. He was able to identify that I had a problem with my throttle accelerator. I asked him to turn off the code and decided to ignore it while waiting for the next time I had time to make a repair.
While the information his very expensive OBD scanner provided was helpful, recently I had the privilege of testing out an OBD scanner by a company called Ancel, and lucky- or rather should I say unlucky- for me, about three days before receiving the OBD scanner, my check engine light came back on.
This time however, I did not have to call my friend to bring over his OBD scanner, I simply connected it to my car as instructed, and within a minute, my Ancel OBD scanner quickly printed out the error code at fault, and it was a much more specific description than my friend’s gave. Not only did it identify what was wrong with my throttle (a broken throttle sensor, Sensor A to be precise), it also printed out possible causes which made it infinitely easier to isolate the problem and order the exact parts I needed to fix the throttle. I decided to just replace both throttle sensors just incase, but regardless, I came away very impressed with the Ancel AD530 OBD2 scanner.
According to its Amazon product description, this Ancel OBD2 scanner works on nearly all vehicles sold in the USA with a model year of 1996 or newer. It also (as I can testify) can turn off any malfunction indicator light (MIL), read/erase fault codes and reset the monitor, graph live data stream on your engine’s system and it even offers the ability to assess your car battery with an advanced graph.
I also noted that Ancel offers lifetime free software updates to fix the latest bugs or add new parameters as needed, and Ancel offers a two-year manufacturer warranty, making this a pretty great longtime purchase.
Even if you don’t have a car as old as mine, if you consider yourself a car-guru or even if you just like to make repairs yourself or are considering doing so, this Ancel OBD scanner is a great option for you.
And while I think it’s a great value buy at its normal retail price of $69.99, by using our site’s exclusive discount code 5T7DZTGE, you can enjoy 40 percent off, bringing this OBD scanner to under $42!
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