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It might be a good idea to read a few Actron CPA reviews first before making that purchase. After all, this reader is not cheap but not too expensive either. If I ever need an auto reader this one will be my number one choice. It is because I like the way it looks and the features that come with it.
You can read below to see what I found out about this tool and to see if it is also what you are looking for. As you know it is a good idea to have a car reader to keep in your car to check for problems. It might save you a lot of money from going to the auto shop. The auto shops also use diagnostic tools to find out what the problem is before making any decisions such as where the problem is located and what kind of repairs are needed.
When comparing with other Actron models, only the CPA has the following features. I think these are the best features to have, especially if you are a newbie to fixing your car. The rating for this book is very good. A lot of users are saying this book is very helpful to them. Click here for this Haynes Repair Manual. But with this AutoScanner Plus tool not only can it help you to diagnosis the trouble codes, it will also try troubleshooting the problems for you with its CodeConnect.
CodeConnect is a database full of over 4. With this valuable information then you can either fix your car by yourself or bring it to your local auto shop to fix it. Some drivers like to repair it by themselves to save more money and besides you will know what to expect and not get ripped off from your local auto repair shop. I count this as a short cut to finding the solution.
Definitely it is a great feature to have. When the CodeConnect has possible fixes to the problem, the tool will show up an icon on the screen to let you know and then you can check it out by pressing that icon. The feature is pretty handy. To see an example of the AutoID screen view, please refer to the picture on the right side.
This is the serial number that is assigned by the manufacturer. You can find this number stamped in a number of places in your car. You can find a number of information over there, like where it was built, options, body and engine codes and a build number. It gives you the specific location of the part found on your selected vehicle.
The feature is in conjuction to the CodeConnect. The CodeConnect will show you the part that needs to be repaired with the problem related to the DTC Diagnostic Trouble Code and the Component Locator will give you the location of the part. I have seen a lot of people who are asking this question. You can also check it with the full coverage chart by clicking here.
It might take a little more time to download because the full chart has more pages. All three files are in pdf format, so you need adobe reader to view it. Yes, you can be able to see real time live data with this little gadget even when you are driving your vehicle.
Please do be extra careful when viewing the data while you are driving your car. It might be safer to have more than one person in the car with you, like having someone else to drive the car for you and then you can look at the real time data yourself.
Just a little precaution advice. This little gadget does not require your car to be running to get data. You might be wondering how big is the viewing area of the LCD screen to read for instructions, messages, and diagnostic information. Well, the LCD display screen size is x 64 pixels and it is a back lit liquid crystal display. The contrast of the screen can be adjusted with the up and down arrow.
There are three ways to power up this reader. One is the internal battery from the tool. Second is the power from your vehicle and third is the USB by connecting to the computer.
The second and third ways will automatically turn the tool on when it is connected. This scan tool will automatically turn off on its own if it has inactivity for a period of time and if it is powered by the internal battery. That period of time is selectable. The default setting is 2 minutes. The internal battery does require you to replace four AAA alkaline batteries when its voltage is low and it will show a low battery icon on the screen.
It recommends you to remove the batteries when you are not using this tool for an extend period of time to prevent battery leakage and damaging the compartment. The diagnostic functions will be disabled when the scan tool is powered by the internal batteries and it has to be attached to the vehicle for the diagnostic functions to work. There are three different languages you can select from this scanner.
You can select from English, Spanish and French. Just to let you know, the menus and code definitions can be from the above stated languages, but the CodeConnect Top Reported Fixes data is only in English.
You do have to download and install a software called Scanning Suite 4. The software is only compatible with Windows XP 32 bit, Vista, and 7 for both 32 and 64 bit and the software size is about You do need a USB cable to be able to connect to the computer with the scanner port. Click here to download the software and read instructions how to do it. When doing updates for the tool, it is recommended for you to disable Antivirus and firewall software for a period of time to do updates properly.
No, the tool does not require the software to be able to operate its functions. It is completely optional. But if you want the benefits from the software, then you have to install it. The picture showing the cable might make it look like it is a little short, but it is actually about 5 to 6 feet long. That means no need to buy an extra extension cable. That means more money in your pocket. The unit weighs about 1. The answer to that is no. It would be handy if it did.
I have noticed some people have been asking where to buy Acron CPA. So I thought I should address it over here. The places where you can buy it is from are Amazon, Walmart and the official website of Actron. But if you want to save more money, I recommend buying it from Amazon because I have seem it on sale most of the time and a lot cheaper when comparing with other retail stores. What I mean is buy it directly from Amazon and not from third party sellers.
Sometimes other third party sellers are selling it much more higher in price. Click the below picture to check out its current lowest price. This scan tool has a very high average rating. Many users love this tool and are recommending others to get it. Honestly, there is no software that is perfect without problems. This software might work well for you but not for others.
Things are always like that. This also applies to this tool. The only thing we can do is give it a try. I still think this reader is worth a shot. Unless this tool is not compatible with my car then that is another story.
You can click here to read more Actron CPA reviews. I could be wrong on that but I did do a search on the official website of Actron and that old model is not showing up.
I also found out they are discontinuing their updates for that model. I did find a model number of CPAL. The AL does include a hard carry case for easy portability The product dimension for the A is The difference in price might be related to the hard carrying case. Here are some reasons you might want to consider.
If you still would like to have the older model of CP, then you can find it by clicking here. It has a 1 year limited warranty of free defects in materials and workmanship from the date it has been delivered. You may find the user manual by clicking here.
It is written in English with about pages and in a pdf format. Great article. You were right on all counts. I downloaded the software from the Acton Website for free and it does work 4. The software program will run on Windows 10, but will not connect to the meter via the USB cable. As of today Dec , Tech Support has no idea if or when a version for Windows 10 will be available.
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It might be a good idea to read a few Actron CPA reviews first before making that purchase. After all, this reader is not cheap but not too expensive either. If I ever need an auto reader this one will be my number one choice. It is because I like the way it looks and the features that come with it. You can read below to see what I found out about this tool and to see if it is also what you are looking for. As you know it is a good idea to have a car reader to keep in your car to check for problems. It might save you a lot of money from going to the auto shop.
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