Best scanner for Dodge Chrysler Fiat

Best scanner for Dodge Chrysler Fiat

 HUB: Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat  
Updated Thursday Jan 04, 2018

In this article, we discuss several OBD-II/CAN diagnostic scanners that will allow Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Fiat car owners perform in-depth troubleshooting and diagnostics. If your goal is to READ and ERASE the Check Engine Light (Service Engine Light) any inexpensive Level 1 OBD2 scanner will work. Scanners on this list will allow you to troubleshoot  Transmission / TCM / TCU, ABS, SRS / Airbag and more. To learn more about OBD2 scanners, read our guide on Choosing the best OBD2 scanner for DIY auto repair. 

This is a list of advanced diagnostic scanners that will allow you to troubleshoot Dodge / Chrysler vehicles. 

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1. Innova 3150  Diagnostic Scan Tool 

innova obd ii code reader for dodge chrysler

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. 

Where to buy:

  1. Amazon: Innova 3150 Code Reader
  2. eBay: Innova 3150 Full System Scanner
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2. Launch Creader VII+ (CRP) OBD-II Scanner

Launch Creader VII+ for Chrysler Dodge Jeep Fiat

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 workds on most makes and models.  

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3. Autel DS708 Automotive Diagnostic and Analysis System

best diagnsotic scanner for dodge chrysler maxidas autel ds708

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.  

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4. Matco maxME Scan Tool

MaxME Diagnostic Scanner for Dodge Chrysler

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. 

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5. Dealer Scanner - wiTech Diagnostic Tool

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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. 

Software license1

  • wiTech $1300/year
  • wiTech LITE $500/year
  • Additional VCI $285
There is no need for this scanner unless you are an auto repair shop that focuses on Chrysler / Dodge cars. 
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6. Conclusion

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 with multiple makes.

If you work for cars on a regular basis or are an auto mechanic, your best choice is the Autel MaxiDAS DS708 which provides dealer lever diagnostic and programming. While expensive for a car owner, it is one of the least expensive professional OBD-II / CAN scanners. 

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