Frequently Asked Questions about Diagnostic Devices

What are car diagnostic and programming devices?

Car diagnostic and programming devices, also known as car scan tools, are modern electronic devices that are connected to the vehicle through a special port called the OBD port (On-Board Diagnostics). They communicate with the car's internal computer to read stored faults or trouble codes. By analyzing these codes, the underlying issue can be identified.

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What are the types of car diagnostic and programming devices?

Car diagnostic and programming devices, in general, are divided into three main categories:

  • Code Readers: These devices generally read the fault codes stored within the car's computer to assist maintenance technicians in identifying the location of the fault. They also perform some reset operations.
  • Diagnostic, Inspection, and Reset Devices: These are advanced devices that perform all the functions of code readers, in addition to reset and programming operations in the car. They support a larger number of car brands.
  • Car Programming and Reprogramming Devices: These devices are among the most advanced in the world of car diagnostics and programming. They perform all the functions of the previous devices, in addition to the ability to connect them to online programming accounts and perform online programming and reprogramming operations.

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Do diagnostic devices perform all operations on the car?

No, modern cars contain some systems that require additional devices to deal with. These additional devices are usually sold as optional accessories that are purchased separately and connected to the diagnostic device. Examples include:

  • TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) programming system, which requires a separate device for inspecting and programming sensors.
  • Car protection system, including the key and anti-theft system, which requires a separate device for key programming.
  • Car battery and charging system, which require an additional accessory to connect directly to the battery for inspection.
Is there a diagnostic device that performs all operations for all cars?

There is no single device that can cover 100% of operations for all types and models of cars.

In the best cases, the coverage can reach up to 95% because some devices cover more than 150 brands with their sub-models and production years, totaling over 50,000 car types. However, it is impossible to cover them all with the same efficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions about Launch Devices

What are Launch devices for car diagnostics and programming?

Launch is one of the most renowned brands for automotive diagnostic and programming tools worldwide. Launch offers a wide range of products, from basic car fault code readers to advanced car diagnostic, inspection, and programming devices.

What are the features of Launch devices?

Launch devices are characterized by a range of features and benefits that make them among the top choices for car diagnostics and programming. Here are some key features of these devices:

  • High precision: Launch devices boast high precision in reading and interpreting fault codes. They can also provide detailed information about faults, including possible causes and solutions.
  • Ease of use: Launch devices feature a user-friendly interface that makes them easy to use even for beginners.
  • Wide range of features: Launch offers a wide range of features for car diagnostic and programming devices. These features include reading and clearing fault codes, retrieving live data, advanced diagnostic tests, and programming.
  • Wide compatibility: Launch devices are compatible with a wide range of vehicles, including European, American, and Asian vehicles.
How do I choose the right device?

There is a diverse range of Launch devices available for car diagnostics and programming. When choosing the right device, it's important to consider your needs and budget.

Here are some factors to consider when choosing a Launch device:

  • Skill level: If you're an experienced mechanic, you'll need a device that offers a wide range of advanced features. If you're a beginner mechanic, you'll need a simpler device that's easier to use.
  • Types of vehicles you work on: Make sure the device you choose is compatible with the types of vehicles you work on.
  • Budget: Prices for Launch devices vary widely. Determine your budget before starting your shopping.
Do Launch devices support all types of vehicles?

In general, Launch company supports all types of vehicles.

However, the level of vehicle support varies depending on the type of device.

Some devices, like code readers, support up to 90 car brands or fewer depending on the model.

There are also devices that support up to 160 car brands, in addition to the Launch store where you can purchase additional software for specific rare car brands that are not available in the device's factory package.

You can find information about the compatibility of Launch devices on the Launch website or by contacting Compu-car, the Launch agent in Saudi Arabia.

Do Launch devices require a subscription?

Some Launch devices require a subscription to access software updates or certain features.

You can find information about subscription requirements for Launch devices on the Launch website or by contacting CompuCar, the local Launch agent in Saudi Arabia.