Choosing the best OBD2 scanner for Dodge Chrysler
In this article, we take a look at some of the best OBD2 scanners for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Fiat vehicles.
Generic OBD2 scanners will only be able to diagnose the check engine light. While some of the best OBD2 scanners for Dodge and Chrysler allow you to diagnose other systems such as ABS, Airbag, Transmission, SRS.
Best OBD2 Scanners for Dodge / Chrysler
This is a list of advanced diagnostic scanners that will allow you to troubleshoot Dodge / Chrysler vehicles.
Launch Creader VII+ (CRP) OBD-II Scanner
- Easy to use
- Works on Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and other makes
- Can read clear codes from:
- Airbag / SRS
- Only covers 4 systems
The Launch Creader is a mid-level professional OBD2 scanner. It is easy to use even if you have never used an OBD II diagnostic scanner before. An excellent choice for Chrysler / Dodge car owners that are looking to do their own repairs and troubleshooting.
Launch Creader series scanners are similar to Innova but are also able to troubleshoot transmission fault codes. It has several features that you will not find on most OBD-II code readers. In addition to the ABS and SRS systems, it can diagnose transmission problems as well. It can read and clear codes from engine, ABS, airbag and transmission control units. It is also able to monitor emission readiness status. You can view freeze frame data with this scanner. Yes, it supports most Domestic, European, Asian (Japanese and Korean) vehicles as well. It is affordable and works on most makes and models.
Autel MaxiDAS OBD-II Professional Scanner
- Covers all makes Asian, Domestic, European
- Can access all systems (Engine, Transmission, ABS, SRS, etc)
- Easy to use
- Can performa adaptations, codings and resets.
- Requires yearly updates
While Innova and Launch Creader focus primarily on four major systems: ECU, SRS, ABS, and TCU; the Autel DS708 can diagnose almost any system on Europen, Asian, Domestic vehicles including Dodge and Chrysler. Autel DS708 can read, erase, activate and program most sensors and systems on your Dodge or Chrysler.
It has similar capability to the dealer scanner. It is easy to use and navigate, you start by selecting the Make and Model of your car. Unlike the Launch Creader and Innova, this scanner requires being powered via the cigarette lighter or a 120-volt outlet, adapters for both source types are included with the scanner.
You can do a complete vehicle scan or select a specific unit that you want to troubleshoot. It is one of the best scanners if you plan on doing your own repairs. It does not require any monthly subscriptions. A perfect tool for Dodge / Chrysler owners who do their own repair or auto repair shops. You see this scanner mostly in auto repair shops who have chosen to use the Autel DS708 instead of the snap-o Solus.
Matco maxME Scan Tool
The MaxME diagnostic scan tool is a tablet based OBD2 / CAN scanner. You can choose the vehicle coverage by signing up for a monthly software subscription. This diagnostic scanner runs on an Android-based tablet and provided coverage for Domestic, Asian and European cars.
This tool requires a monthly subscription to use several features.
While it provides dealer level capabilities, the monthly subscription makes it too expensive for Dodge / Chrysler owners. It will allow you to reprogram and flash modules. You can activate sensors such as the purge valve for example. If you work on cars frequently, this is a good scanner to have. Even if you are a car DIYer, this scanner can pay for itself in a short period.
Innova 3150 Diagnostic Scan Tool
One of the most popular scanners on the market. It can read and erase fault codes from the ABS and SRS/Airbag system on Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Fiat vehicles. It can easily retrieve the "Check Engine" related fault code.
Innova works on most cars manufactured since 1996 until now including Ford, GM, Toyota and Honda vehicles. It provides an on-screen description of the fault code. Can read generic trouble codes and manufacturer specific.
Dealer Scanner - wiTech Diagnostic Tool
The wiTech Diagnostic Scanner is the tool that is used by Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealers. It requires a laptop to run the wiTech Diagnostic software and requires the StarMobile, MicroPOD or wiPOD interface device. It covers all Dodge vehicles that have CAN protocol which is all vehicles since 2008. You can read more about wiTech Diagnostic Scanner here.
- wiTech $1300/year
- wiTech LITE $500/year
- Additional VCI $285
If you perform routine maintenance on your cars then Launch Creader VII+ will be able to troubleshoot the majority of the problems. It is affordable and works on Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ford and multiple other makes.
If you work for cars on a regular basis or are an auto mechanic, your best choice is the Autel MaxiDAS provides dealer lever diagnostic and programming. While expensive for a car owner, it is one of the least expensive professional OBD-II / CAN scanners.