This is the only book available on how to use a diagnostic scanner, apart from the instructions that come with the instrument, and will appeal to any auto enthusiast, DIY'er, and modern car owner. Now that diagnostic codes are available to the public, it is possible to diagnose and trouble-shoot your car. Now both professionals and enthusiasts have access to these codes, which monitor everything from cylinder misfires to closed fuel caps. All that is missing is information on how to use this valuable diagnostic tool, and this is provided fully in this book. Starting with why scanners are needed to work on modern cars, author Tracy Martin guides readers how to choose from a bewildering array of tools - a hand-held model, giant shop machines, computer software - how to use it, and what each code means. Also included is a complete guide to online information sources plus a comprehensive list of codes for the reader to use.
Tracy Martin writes for Motorcycle Consumer News, RoadBike, Friction Zone, PowerSports, and Dealer News magazines. He is the author of six books, including the Motorbooks titles How to Diagnose and Repair Automotive Electrical Systems (2005), Motorcycle Electrical Systems: Troubleshooting and Repair (2007), How to Tune and Modify Motorcycle Engine Management Systems (2012), and How to Troubleshoot, Repair, and Modify Motorcycle Electrical Systems (2014). Tracy lives in Baltimore, Maryland.