Auto Service World
News   September 23, 2019   by Allan Janssen

Category Focus: Electronic Tools

Recently released products in the electronic tool space include a software update for OTC’s Encore and Evolve professional diagnostic tools, added coverage for agriculture and off-road vehicles from Bosch diagnostics, a new diagnostic tool from Snap-on Tools of Canada, and a new handheld scan tool from Next.


Welcome to AutoService World’s Category Focus, looking at recent announcements from automotive aftermarket tool makers, parts manufacturers, and distributors.

Handheld Scan Tool

NEXIQ Technologies is pleased to announce the release of its new handheld scan tool for both heavy-duty and light and medium-duty truck diagnostics—the new Pocket HD. The tool comes preloaded with two NEXIQ software applications, LMT 2016 (for light and medium-duty trucks) and the ever-popular Heavy-Duty Standard & OBD II Suite (which supports both J1708 and J1939 communication).

Additional Pocket HD software applications are also available for purchase separately. These include the ABS Software Suite, providing support for Bendix ABS systems, as well as support for tractor and trailer brake systems from Meritor WABCO, Wabash National, Eaton, and Haldex. The NEXIQ “All Makes” DPF Regen application (HD/LMT DPF Regen) is also available, giving technicians the ability to run the essential diesel particulate filter (DPF) regeneration procedure for a wide range of manufacturers.

The Pocket HD is both versatile and reliable. Whether you are responsible for a large fleet for just a truck or two, the Pocket HD puts essential diagnostic information at your fingertips. This tool is ideal for aftermarket diesel technicians, fleet technicians, OEM Dealers (i.e., PM Techs), Owner/Operators, and maintenance facilities (non-repair). And, it is the perfect handheld for use in roadside, triage situations.

Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer, and marketer of tools, diagnostics, and equipment solutions for professional users. The NEXIQ Technologies brand brings with it more than 20 years of intellectual property ownership and diagnostics expertise in transportation. As a result, Snap-on is uniquely qualified to deliver information technology solutions to leading truck, automotive, and component OEMs, fleet operators, and truck leasing companies, as well as to dealer service centers in the commercial vehicle market.

Snap-on Diagnostic Tool

The new TRITON-D8 from Snap-on completes the family of Intelligent Diagnostic products and provides a tool option that fits between APOLLO-D8 and ZEUS. Snap-on’s broad line of Intelligent Diagnostics has products to suit the needs and budgets of all professional repair technicians.

TRITON-D8 includes advanced features to save time, boost productivity and help technicians make more money by guiding them to the problem, while filtering out unnecessary steps. It also broadens their coverage and capabilities by quickly allowing them to verify component failures. It’s the latest in the smartest, most intuitive diagnostic tools ever created.

TRITON-D8’s productivity boosting features include:

  • Intelligent Diagnostics delivers all of the information in one scrolling, easy-to-navigate screen. It intuitively guides technicians straight through the diagnostic workflow, from pinpointing the problem, to finding the fix.
  • Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) – access fault codes and vehicle specific OEM TSBs, all right on the tool and reachable within a click, making it the ideal place to start the diagnosis.
  • Smart Data – automatically configures the display to show vehicle parameters (PIDS) relevant to the fault code, saving even more time by filtering out non-related data.
  • SureTrack – delivers top repairs and real fixes for the specific vehicle and diagnostic trouble code (DTC), providing access to information from thousands of shops that have solved the same problem.
  • Functional Tests and Resets – verifying component operation is right at the technician’s fingertips with easy-to-follow reset procedures that help complete the repair.
  • Built-in Scope – the guided component test meter allows technicians to pinpoint issues, helping to quickly identify the faulty component.

Accessing the Intelligent Diagnostic functions on the Snap-on TRITON-D8 requires a software agreement, which will keep the tool updated with the latest information and functionality available.

Ag and off-highway diagnosis

Bosch has released a new software version 2019/1 for the ESI[truck] with thousands of new coverage additions, and a new Off-Highway Software package for diagnosing construction and agricultural vehicles. New software additions include extended coverage for electronic control systems, wiring diagrams, fault codes and troubleshooting by trouble code procedures. These additions cover 228 different makes and 5,578 models. The 3824CBL-UPG Off-Highway Upgrade Cable Kit and introductory Software enables the Bosch ESI[truck] diagnostic solution to be used on a wide variety of off-highway vehicles and machinery.


Software update

The new diagnostic software is available now for OTC’s Encore and Evolve professional diagnostic tools, with new coverage for various Asian, domestic and European vehicles.

The update provides technicians and shop owners with major new coverage additions, tests and enhancements for major vehicle brands in North America, including:

Asian: Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota

Domestic: Chrysler, Ford, GM, Jeep and Saturn

European: Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Fiat, Mini, Volkswagen and Volvo

Coverage additions and improvements include ADAS dynamic camera calibrations and special actuation and adjustment type tests for brakes, instrument cluster, climate/HVAC, transmission, airbag and engine/PCM based on year, make, model and engine.

A number of highlights of the coverage additions included in software for both OTC Evolve and Encore diagnostic scan tools are:

Audi: ABS/brakes, safety/airbag, body control systems and more

BMW/Mini: Engine/PCM, transmission, steering, transfer case, safety/restraint tests and more

Ford: ADAS dynamic camera calibration, engine/PCM, brakes/ABS, transmission, instrument cluster, climate (HVAC) and more

GM/Saturn: ADAS dynamic camera calibration, hybrid, AWD/transfer case, tire pressure monitor/RCDLR, safety/airbag, steering and more

Mazda: ADAS dynamic camera calibration, engine/PCM, transmission, ABS/brakes, instrument cluster and more

Nissan/Infiniti: Engine/PCM, ABS/brakes, climate (HVAC), and body control systems

Toyota: Steering, ADAS, engine/PCM and climate (HVAC) tests


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