Auto Diagnostic Tools
Top Five Tools

Gary Farber, president Debra Farber, vice president All Brand Auto Service Kensington, MD Snap-on MODIS — A powerful tool for a broad range of diagnostics and applications. Identifix — A world of information on one website. By checking before starting a technical job, diagnostic time is saved because the answer is usually right there.

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Ron Promisson, owner Promisson Automotive Service Center Bushnell, IL Power Probe II — This is an indispensable tool for all kinds of diagnostic problems. Probably the one tool I couldn’t do without. Raytek AutoPro ST25 Infrared Thermometer — This is another favorite that can be used for many different applications. Snap-on Vantage — The diagnostic

Top 5 Tools

Frances Lenox, owner/technician Enginooity Import Repair Bryan, TX Power Probe and attachments Tru-Spark Ignition Firing Indicator Snap-on FZ936 Ratchet Head 1/4” Drive Impact Type Universal Sockets Mac Tools 3/8” Drive Air Impact Wrench   Gary Lui, owner/technician West Valley Automotive, Inc. Alhambra, CA   Snap-on Vantage Snap-on Scanner Mitchell 1 Information System Ingersoll-Rand Air Ratchet

Tech Tip: Engine Analyzers Combine the Capabilities of Many Diagnostic Tools into One

When most people think of an engine analyzer, they think of a big box console with automated test capabilities that can detect a wide variety of faults. There are still some machines like these today, but many of the features of a traditional engine analyzer are now available in top-of-the-line scan tools.

Top Five Tools

TEDDY REAKA, mechanic Belleville Firestone Belleville, IL Snap-on 1/2” Drive Air Impact Wrench — A lot of power. OTC Genysis Scan Tool — Makes diagnostics simple. Snap-on Flank Drive Wrenches — A lot of grabbing power. Snap-on 2-lb. Dead Blow Hammer — The ultimate take off tool. Craftsman 1/2” Drive Torque Wrench — Very accurate.

Top 5 Favorite Tools & Equipment

Rick Moe, owner The Nurburgring, Inc. Saint Bonifacius, MN My shop is an independent Porsche repair shop specializing in 356s and early 911s. I’ve been a professional Porsche mechanic for more than 30 years. I established The Nurburgring, Inc. in the Minneapolis area in 1977. I am a factory-trained mechanic with extensive background in

Top 5 Favorite Tools of the Country’s Top Technicians

  Jay Daniels, ASE Master Auto Tech Dublin Auto Superstore Dublin, GA Makita 12V Cordless Drill/Driver, Model 6227DWLE — Mostly used as cordless screwdriver for dash work and installing accessories. Much better than larger cordless drills. My wife now uses my 20-year-old 9.6V Makita around the house. Great products.   Power Probe II Circuit Tester

Favorite Tools of the Country’s Top Technicians

  David E. Link, owner Quality Racing Toledo, OH ALLDATA – I’ve tried the others, but nothing out there is as comprehensive – especially for auto-electrical. Blue-Point Rechargeable UV Leak Detector Light and Dye Injector – A definite must-have for A/C work. Blue-Point EEDM504B Multimeter – I don’t know how I went so long without

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  Brian Courtney Allied Fleet Services of Texas Pasadena, TX   Ingersoll-Rand 231c 1/2" Impact Wrench – It never fails to deliver. It’s 16 years old, and I’ve only had to replace the anvil. Saves my money, for sure! Raytek Non-Contact Thermometer Raynger ST2 – I don’t have to wait for a temp reading from

The Top 5 Favorite Tools of Top Technicians

Chris Ringold, shop foreman Flint Bottom Auto Sales Burlington, IA Mac Mentor – Generic OBD II and Repair Trac are invaluable. ALLDATA – If Repair Trac doesn’t cover it, ALLDATA does. MechanixWear Fast Fit Gloves – Great protection and workability! Chilton Labor Guide and CD-ROM – Fast and effective for all estimates. Mini Maglite –

The Top 5 Favorite Tools of Top Technicians

Don Frantz Frantz Automotive Center Cary, NC I own and operate Frantz Automotive Center in Cary, NC. We are a six-bay shop with four techs – all of whom are ASE certified. I, myself, am ASE certified with L1 Certification as well. Frantz Automotive was recently voted "Best of Cary" by the readers of the

The Top 5 Favorite Tools of the Country’s Top Technicians

Dan & Kris Cesena Honda Hospital, Inc. San Mateo and Milpitas, CA Our top five favorite tools (and why) are: The Snap-on MicroVAT Battery/Starter/Alternator Tester. Why? Well it makes it much easier to test batteries, alternators and starters; it has an infrared port, which sends the data to an optional thermal printer; and with these