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Actron U-Scan

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VEHICLE DIAGNOSTICS WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE: The new Actron U-Scan provides vehicle diagnostics directly to your smartphone. Plugging directly into your vehicles OBDII port, users can instantly communicate with their vehicle via a free app on their iOS or Android device. Using Bluetooth connectivity, U-Scan assists vehicle owners in diagnosing and resolving automotive issues, saving time and money.

Compatible with all 1996 and newer cars and light trucks, the U-Scan base model features:
  • Emissions information, vital to users in states requiring annual emissions tests
  • QuickCheck summarizing vehicle emissions codes and definitions, erases codes and turns off check engine lights
  • AutoLink to automatically identify most model year 2000 and newer vehicles
  • TrueLink guaranteed to link to all 1996 and newer vehicles
  • Vehicle Activity Log provides a history of vehicle tests and procedures
  • My Garage vehicle manager for quick and easy access to vehicle data

    Product Features:
    • Let's you communicate with all 1996 and newer vehicles on your SMARTPHONE (OBDII & CAN).
    • Reads codes and code definitions. Erases codes and turns off check engine lights. Checks IM (emission) monitors.
    • Advanced App Features Available: Code Connect, Includes over 4.3 Million Top Reported Fixes that can tell you what is wrong with your vehicle.
    • Read and graph LIVE data sensors, RPMs, coolant temperature and more for faster diagnosis.
    • Access ABS brake codes and definitions relating to ABS warning lights for most 1996 and newer GM, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan abd Toyota vehicles.
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    ActronU-Scan
     
    3.7

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No (12)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Great product

        Yes, you have to buy in-app purchases to read live data, or erase codes. . . . but it still ends up cheaper in the long run. And the upgrade possibilities and the...Read complete review

        Yes, you have to buy in-app purchases to read live data, or erase codes. . . . but it still ends up cheaper in the long run. And the upgrade possibilities and the fact that you don't have to have another device to lug around when you almost certainly have a smart phone, this is a better all around choice.

        I purchased this with a coupon for $70. With the in-app engine data for many cars for $16, and the Code Connect for $40, I'm still in this for much less than a stand-alone unit. The reader I was considering went for almost $200 with the same capabilities. Hopefully there will be more updates and since I don't have to connect it to a PC, it's very useful.

        The only thing I might not purchase again would be the Code Connect. It seemed all the information contained in that could have been gotten from Google!

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Not worth the money.

        => How you use the product:
        It connects to the ODBII port of your car. Then you download the U-Scan app to your Phone/Tablet/etc.
        Then you add your...Read complete review

        => How you use the product:
        It connects to the ODBII port of your car. Then you download the U-Scan app to your Phone/Tablet/etc.
        Then you add your vehicle to the app and it will allow you to pull codes and clear them.

        => Things that are great about it:
        It does all of the above simply and reliably.

        => Things that aren't so great about it:
        1) It uses a proprietary protocol.
        Because it is not ELM327 compatible it works with the U-Scan app, only the U-Scan app, and nothing else.

        2) It uses proprietary Bluetooth.
        This messed with my phone and I had to factory reset it in order to enable my phone to use my Bluetooth Earpiece again without extreme static (your mileage may vary). The proprietary Bluetooth also means that you can only connect to the U-Scan device while the U-Scan app is open. This is unusual, not just for this type of device but for Bluetooth in general.

        3) Cost:
        Everything you really WANT to do with this device costs Extra.
        Want to clear codes on a car, just not your car?
        That's Extra.
        Want to get live data on your car?
        That's Extra too.
        Want live data on more than one car?
        That's more Extra.
        Want ABS codes?
        Extra.
        Want ABS codes for your friends car?
        More Extra again.
        Want to know what all those codes mean, instead of just getting the codes for your car?
        Not only is it Extra but you must first purchase at least one of the Extras above.
        How about the codes for a different car?
        Yeah, that's Extra too, and it also requires at least one of the above Extras.

        Add it all up and this thing is QUITE expensive.

        4) Device/Vehicle Lock in:
        This device records information about the cars it is connected to. When you connect it to the first car make sure it is not only one of your own but also one you do not plan to get rid of for a while.

        Once you run the U-Scan app with it connected to any car it will not work with any other car unless you pay for one of the Extras above. If you purchase the ability to connect to an additional car then, once you do, that is THE additional car. The only way around this is to pay more Extra so you can use it with any car.

        Summary:
        I intended to replace and aging device that lacked ABS code capabilities with this one.
        I returned this device on the same day it was purchased.
        I frequently help out friends and family - I simply cannot justify the actual cost of this device.

        Reviewed by 12 customers

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        3.0

        Not what I hoped it would be

        By Gordy

        from Lebanon, OH

        Verified Buyer
        Level 1

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Actron U-Scan:

              I bought this because it was advertised to read ABS and airbag codes. I have an ABS code on my 2002 Chevrolet Trailbalzer and an occasional "service airbag" warning on my 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. After plugging in the scanner on the Trailblazer and pairing with my cell phone, I purchased the additional ABS module hoping to read the ABS code. Unfortunately, after buying the ABS add-on, it told me it could not read the ABS codes for my '02 Trailblazer. Next, I went to my '10 Camaro hoping to see the airbag codes. Unfortunately, it said it could not read airbag codes for the 2010 Camaro. Oh well, it would have been nice to know that before I purchased this.

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              4.0

              Great product

              By Brian

              from Melbourne, FL

              Pros

              • Live Data Capable
              • No Need To Hook Up To Pc
              • Upgradeable

              Cons

              • Code Connect
              • Cost

              Best Uses

              • Code Reading
              • Diagnostics
              • Live Data
              • O2 Sensor Reading

              Comments about Actron U-Scan:

              Yes, you have to buy in-app purchases to read live data, or erase codes. . . . but it still ends up cheaper in the long run. And the upgrade possibilities and the fact that you don't have to have another device to lug around when you almost certainly have a smart phone, this is a better all around choice.

              I purchased this with a coupon for $70. With the in-app engine data for many cars for $16, and the Code Connect for $40, I'm still in this for much less than a stand-alone unit. The reader I was considering went for almost $200 with the same capabilities. Hopefully there will be more updates and since I don't have to connect it to a PC, it's very useful.

              The only thing I might not purchase again would be the Code Connect. It seemed all the information contained in that could have been gotten from Google!

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              • No

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              4.0

              Good product

              By N. Hall

              from Nashville, TN

              Verified Buyer
              Level 1

              Pros

              • Easy to use
              • Good price

              Cons

              • Extra Cost In The App

              Best Uses

                Comments about Actron U-Scan:

                This is an easy scanner to use, just know to get all of the features, it cost more money in the app. Worth the money ust for the diagnostic scanner though in my opinion

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                • No

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                5.0

                Awesome Product.

                By Big Hig

                from Clayton, NC

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Cool
                • Expandable
                • Good Value
                • Impressive
                • Informative
                • Intuitive

                Cons

                • better instructions
                • Limited But Good For Diyr

                Best Uses

                • Analyzing Cars
                • Check The Pulse

                Comments about Actron U-Scan:

                Awesome product for the price. Also should be upgradable. Like most DIY'er products, somewhat limited for indepth info. More detailed instructions would be nice, but very intuitive nonetheless.

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again.

                By Rev. Don

                from Greenwood,In

                Verified Buyer
                Level 1

                Pros

                • Easy to use
                • Will Let Friends Know
                • Works Great

                Cons

                • NA

                Best Uses

                • Keeping Up Mait On Car

                Comments about Actron U-Scan:

                Keeping my car and truck mait.Free. I like to service my own car and truck and this is a must have Tool to have for serviceing.

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                1.0

                All show - No go

                By Nick

                from Prince William County, VA

                Level 1

                Pros

                • It looks cool

                Cons

                • no connectivity
                • No In-app Support
                • No Trouble-shooting
                • Web Site Useless

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Actron U-Scan:

                  I bought this product with the hopes and expectations that it would perform as advertised. Needless to say, it did not. I have a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 4.7L V8 - a code reader should work on my Jeep. The app has zero (0) support built into it, and the scanner would not stay connected to my iPhone for any usable duration. The two never linked up via Bluetooth despite all my efforts and troubleshooting. I reinstalled the app, redid the whole bluetooth link, unplugged and plugged the scanner in - but it was all fruitless. Now I have to figure out how to get my in-app purchases refunded through iTunes. Oh yeah, the scanner doesn't come with what it advertises . . . you have to make in-app additional purchases up to $40 for definitions, etc.

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                  (10 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Decent product for the price

                  By wbbeasley

                  from New Braunfels, TX

                  Verified Buyer
                  Level 2

                  Pros

                  • price

                  Cons

                  • Navigation Confusing
                  • Pay To Use Basic Features

                  Best Uses

                  • Pull Fault Codes
                  • Real Time Monitoring
                  • Reset Fault Codes

                  Comments about Actron U-Scan:

                  Product is very simple to use:
                  Download app on phone
                  Plug in Bluetooth to OBD2 port
                  Turn key on
                  Connect to Bluetooth device
                  Open app
                  Pay for the car or all cars

                  It was very simple from that regard. No issues getting going. Took me about 5 min from start to finish. Spent more time paying for all cars option and then just as much time finding where to reset the fault code.

                  The real time display has quite a few things monitored.
                  I did not have a cabled device to compare how snappy the Bluetooth interface was.
                  A friend of mine has some different devices both a cabled and Bluetooth and he noted the Bluetooth is a little slower than a cabled device.

                  I could not find how to modify the list of items displayed in real time. Nor does it look like the snapshot items are configurable but this may be tied to the car system that records them.
                  I am not sure if it will keep track of faults over time and maintain the snapshots.
                  I could find NO documentation ANYWHRE on the website (most likely place), in the app, or with the product to help with this.

                  Unclear if I would truly recommend this. I said yes but mainly because it worked fine and the price was pretty good in comparison to other Bluetooth options.

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                  (24 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Not worth the money.

                  By Drew

                  from Little Rock, Ar

                  Level 2

                  Pros

                  • Easy to use
                  • Wireless

                  Cons

                  • expensive addons
                  • Limited
                  • Proprietary

                  Best Uses

                  • Clearing Codes - 1 Car

                  Comments about Actron U-Scan:

                  => How you use the product:
                  It connects to the ODBII port of your car. Then you download the U-Scan app to your Phone/Tablet/etc.
                  Then you add your vehicle to the app and it will allow you to pull codes and clear them.

                  => Things that are great about it:
                  It does all of the above simply and reliably.

                  => Things that aren't so great about it:
                  1) It uses a proprietary protocol.
                  Because it is not ELM327 compatible it works with the U-Scan app, only the U-Scan app, and nothing else.

                  2) It uses proprietary Bluetooth.
                  This messed with my phone and I had to factory reset it in order to enable my phone to use my Bluetooth Earpiece again without extreme static (your mileage may vary). The proprietary Bluetooth also means that you can only connect to the U-Scan device while the U-Scan app is open. This is unusual, not just for this type of device but for Bluetooth in general.

                  3) Cost:
                  Everything you really WANT to do with this device costs Extra.
                  Want to clear codes on a car, just not your car?
                  That's Extra.
                  Want to get live data on your car?
                  That's Extra too.
                  Want live data on more than one car?
                  That's more Extra.
                  Want ABS codes?
                  Extra.
                  Want ABS codes for your friends car?
                  More Extra again.
                  Want to know what all those codes mean, instead of just getting the codes for your car?
                  Not only is it Extra but you must first purchase at least one of the Extras above.
                  How about the codes for a different car?
                  Yeah, that's Extra too, and it also requires at least one of the above Extras.

                  Add it all up and this thing is QUITE expensive.

                  4) Device/Vehicle Lock in:
                  This device records information about the cars it is connected to. When you connect it to the first car make sure it is not only one of your own but also one you do not plan to get rid of for a while.

                  Once you run the U-Scan app with it connected to any car it will not work with any other car unless you pay for one of the Extras above. If you purchase the ability to connect to an additional car then, once you do, that is THE additional car. The only way around this is to pay more Extra so you can use it with any car.

                  Summary:
                  I intended to replace and aging device that lacked ABS code capabilities with this one.
                  I returned this device on the same day it was purchased.
                  I frequently help out friends and family - I simply cannot justify the actual cost of this device.

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                  • No

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                  (13 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  So far good!

                  By FordLTD

                  from Puerto Rico

                  Verified Buyer
                  Level 2

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Actron U-Scan:

                        Product is basically new, so far I,m enjoying it.

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                        • No

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                        (12 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Actron U-Scan

                        By Fabz

                        from Williamsburg Va

                        Verified Buyer
                        Level 2

                        Pros

                        • Auto Firmware Update
                        • Easy to use
                        • No Wires Uses Ipad App

                        Cons

                        • Ipad App Needs Work

                        Best Uses

                        • Clearing The Cel

                        Comments about Actron U-Scan:

                        Advance Auto Parts had the best price. Hope Actron improves the app.

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                        • No

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                          Can I use this with a window's phone?
                          Asked on 3/23/2014 by Richard from Peoria, IL

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                            A:

                            Hi Richard, I'm glad to assist you! It is only functional with Android and Apple Devices. And any upgrades are purchased from Google Play and iTunes.

                            Answered on 3/26/2014 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
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