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OBD - what is OBD? In the early seventies, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) introduced a new policy that mandated the use of on board diagnostics (OBD) for vehicles driven in the USA. Similar requirements were also introduced by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). This led to the development of new technologies that allowed mechanics and service technicians to monitor almost all aspects of vehicle performance on instruments hooked up to data ports on cars. OBD II replaced OBD I in the mid-nineties with more sophisticated monitoring systems and OBD III is on the horizon.
Known in the trade as a 'scan tool', at first these OBD systems were expensive and generally
cost effective only for dealers and mechanics that were using them everyday.
generation of OBD scan tools has arrived, providing
the ability to view the data can be fed to your local
desktop PC or laptop via the serial port. You can order your own
complete OBD scan tool solution, for under $60 - see below ... made in the USA!
You can check out other products, but at under $60, you won't find a better buy than the Actron anywhere - no computer required!
Actron PocketScan OBD II Code Reader
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