While we all enjoy cruising our old Mopars around, most of us also have a newer Mopar car or truck in our stable as well. Though not as nostalgic as our older cars, the new products offered by Chrysler have a lot to offer in the way of performance, comfort, and reliability, so it's no wonder many of us choose newer cars or trucks as our daily drivers. And let's face it, if you race or show your classic Mopar, a late-model Dodge Ram is probably your vehicle of choice to tow your car around with. Fortunately, the new cars and trucks by Chrysler are very reliable, but what happens if there's a mechanical problem with one of these vehicles? With computers controlling many of our new car's or truck's functions, how do we know how severe a problem is when the "check engine" light comes on? Luckily, Black & Decker's new Smart Scan diagnostic tool makes this problem a lot easier to deal with.
Cars have come a long way since the muscle cars we enjoy were designed, and computers now control nearly every function of a vehicle including the engine and transmission. While this new technology offers much in the way of reliability and convenience, it also adds the complexity of engine and transmission sensors, solenoids, and relays that our older cars didn't have. So if your idea of diagnosing a car's problem is popping the hood and breaking out a test light, there's a good chance you're lost when your new car has an issue or when a warning light illuminates in the dash. Even worse, having the dealership or a professional mechanic check the problem can be expensive, especially when correcting the problem may be as simple as replacing a sensor and resetting the fault code in the car's computer.
Luckily, the folks at Black & Decker have developed their Smart Scan handheld diagnostic computer to read the computer fault codes in newer cars and reset the "check engine" light as well. By simply plugging the Smart Scan into your car's or truck's diagnostic port under the dash, the tool will not only tell you what fault codes your vehicle has, but will also give a level of urgency to let you know if it's OK to drive the vehicle. Additionally, the Smart Scan allows you to reset the vehicle's annoying "check engine" light once the problem has been corrected. This tool is great if you plan to maintain your vehicle yourself, and will even help avoid unnecessary costs at the shop if you plan to have a professional work on your car. Follow along and we'll show you how easy it is to use.