Greetings, I'm Henry Crichton,
Chief Mechanic and owner of Software For Cars.
After accumulating over 25 years of automotive diagnostics, repair and
experience, I have retired from active mechanical work. This website has been left in place for legacy purposes.
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Scan tools are very
useful instruments that connect to your on-board vehicle computer,
revealing pertinent information about the operation of your car. They are
easy to use and will help even a novice to understand where problems might
be occurring. Welcome to our OBD 2 scan
website; please have a look at the scan tools
below that can help you
peer into the inner workings of your vehicle.
Why buy a scan tool? Read our Journal
section about engine repairs on a 98 Dodge Ram pickup and you'll see how
it could save you thousands of dollars in repair costs ...
In the '70's the first electronic monitoring systems for cars were installed to help reduce atmospheric emissions. The original American
system, called OBD-I (On Board Diagnostics I) later evolved into OBD II
(1996) as the digital electronics improved. We have a full complement of
electronic scanning equipment required to read this information, as well
as years of experience analyzing and interpreting the data results.
Check out our Products section and see how
easy it is to get your own scan tool and start
doing your own monitoring ... you can increase your mileage, reduce fuel
consumption, save on repair costs and help keep the environment clean.
We have a range of scan tool products, to suit both the backyard mechanic and
professional service shops.
Henry plugs '97 Chev Astro
If you prefer driving an older car, take a look at my classic '56
Chevy; we can't plug computers into it, but it's fun to work on
If you enjoy studying the latest trends in the auto industry, keep your eyes on our
'Future Now' section for some insight into the latest
technologies being deployed in the automotive industry (including the Toyota Prius and
Honda Civic hybrids). We are keeping a
close watch on the new releases of hybrid vehicles that promise very
high mileage and Ultra Low Emissions (ULEV).
SULEV is an acronym for Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle. SULEVs have much cleaner engines, emitting substantially lower levels of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and particulate matter than conventional vehicles. The SULEV standard steps up the ULEV, Ultra Low Emission Vehicle standard. See our HYBRID Lexus RX400H sport utility vehicle (it is rated SULEV).
If you want a zero emission vehicle, then nothing beats an all electric vehicle, such as the Hyundai Kona and the Tesla lineup.
More interested in an affordable luxury sport coupe? Have a look at our
article on the classic 2000 Toyota Camry Solara
and see how our OBD scan tool can be
connected with some real data being displayed.
Are you a compact SUV fan? Read our
article on the classic Subaru Forester and see how our OBD scan tool can be
used to analyze the data stream.
And if you're
really bored with current offerings, take a look at the new Aquada
amphibious vehicle. The Aquada drives like a convertible sports car and,
yes, planes across the water at 30 mph! unlike the Amphicar
product of yesteryear, this baby really moves on land and water.
I hope you enjoy our site!