Snap-on Tool of the Month: ETHOS Handheld Diagnostic Tool

Snap-on Tool of the Month: ETHOS Handheld Diagnostic Tool

ETHOS provides VIN-specific coverage for vehicles back to 1983, and takes technicians through nine modes of OBD-II and graphs up to four data parameters at once.

If you’re in the market for an affordable and rugged handheld diagnostic tool that’s also powerful, easy-to-use and upgradable, look no further than Snap-on’s ETHOS.  

“Technicians know they need fast access to a growing number of systems to work on today’s cars,” said Mark Schaefer, marketing director for Snap-on Diagnostics. “But too many affordable handhelds don’t offer the in-depth coverage and upgrade capabilities they need to make their investment worthwhile. With the ETHOS handheld, that’s all changed. We give technicians the OEM-specific coverage they need to diagnose today’s complex vehicles and regular software upgrades to handle tomorrow’s vehicles, too.”

ETHOS provides VIN-specific coverage for vehicles back to 1983, and takes technicians through nine modes of OBD-II and graphs up to four data parameters at once.

ETHOS offers powerful proprietary vehicle coverage for more than 30 domestic and Asian vehicle makes, plus optional European vehicle coverage. ETHOS goes way beyond generic with proprietary coverage for engine, transmission, ABS, airbag, climate, TPMS, hybrid systems, body control and many other vehicle systems. A quick four-second boot time and simple menu-driven user interface makes it easy for technicians to read and clear manufacturer specific trouble codes, graph live readings for multiple data parameters, print, record and save data for review, and connect to a PC to save and review files. Upgrades are a breeze with the USB port and CompactFlash memory expansion slot.

ETHOS features software in both English and Spanish, a 4.7” monochrome display, a detachable faceplate, auto power-on with vehicle connection and long battery life, USB ports/CompactFlash memory expansion slot, a vehicle power indicator, training DVD and operating software manuals on CD.

Customers can find out more about Snap-on’s ETHOS by contacting their Snap-on representative, visiting or by calling toll free 877-SNAPON-2 (877-762-7662).

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