Sun Automotive Diagnostic Tools

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Sun Diagnostics, a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated, specialises in vehicle diagnostic tools for both domestic and foreign vehicles. An automotive diagnostic tool communicates with your vehicle's on-board diagnostic computer system (OBD) and outputs information on diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) and overall vehicle health. While these products are expensive, they can save you money in the long run. As of 2011, Sun Diagnostics offered four different types of hand-held diagnostic tools.

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CAN-1B

The CAN-1B kit European adaptor works with your Sun Diagnostics scan too. It allows you to communicate with the controller area network (CAN) protocol, the European OnBoard Diagnostics system (EOBD) and OBD-II. This tool comes with the Personality Keys, which allows you to communicate with both current and future European vehicles.

Ethos

Ethos scanners are available in different languages, including English, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. This scanner has a small, monochromatic display screen on which you can view statistical and graphical data about your vehicle. It communicates with both American and Asian vehicles, including vehicles made since 1986. It has a USB port, which allows you to plug it into your computer and download the data stored on the device. It also has a CompactFlash memory expansion slot for storing and backing up data.

Solus

The Solus series includes the Solus (standard) and Solus Pro models. Solus (standard) scanners are available in different languages, including Spanish, Italian and Danish. Solus Pro is the top-of-the-line model in this series and it has a 6.2-inch colour screen. It also has a thumb-pad control that makes it easier to navigate. The Solus Pro allows you to capture freeze-frame data, which provides you with information on how well your vehicle is operating at a certain period in time. You will receive a one-year warranty on this model.

Modis

The Modis series are the most high-end diagnostic tools offered by Sun Diagnostics. They can capture up to 6 million vehicle samples per second. They have up to four channels. Modis takes snapshots of vehicle performance and features a Fast-Track Troubleshooter software program that helps you figure out what's wrong with both domestic and Asian vehicles. This program can also help you diagnose problems with your anti-lock brake system. Modis works on vehicles made after 1978.

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