INNOVA 3100 OBD2 Scan Tool Review

Innova 3100 review
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The Innova 3100 scanning tool is one of the most accurate scanners on the market. It can easily assess the cause of an engine check warning light and report the error. Innova 3100 can also do on-the-go emissions scans to help you avoid fines.

OBD II scanning tools are the connection between the driver and his vehicle’s ECU. Generally, these systems enable the vehicle to perform a self-diagnosis. After doing so, they give a report on the potential error codes present.

The Innova 3100 scanning tool is one of the most accurate scanners on the market. It can easily assess the cause of an engine check warning light and report the error.

The Innova 3100 helps you know the repairs due to your vehicle. This feature helps both you and the mechanic save time and money.

OBD II scanners from Innova 3100 have been some of the best sellers on the market. A wide variety of customers acknowledge the several features designed to help clear warning lights.

Compatibility

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The Innova 3100 is compatible with all OBD II protocols. This renders it compatible with all OBD II enabled vehicle models. Cars manufactured in the year 1996 and later are all OBD II enabled.

Innova 3100 is compatible with smaller vehicles as it works on trucks and hybrid vehicles as well. It works on both domestic and foreign vehicles.

The Innova 3100 is connected to the vehicles via a DLC port. You then download the PC link software on your Windows computer. From there, you get instant access to information on your vehicle.

The software is only on Windows platform. This renders the device compatible with Windows OS for computers.

Software

Innova 3100 software is designed by the Innova Company. The software is both comprehensive and user-friendly.

It is easy to code and understand from the user’s perspective. The software pairs your vehicle with your computer to give an output of information.

Display

The screen of the Innova 3100 is a black and white display. It is backlit with LED lights to enhance the view. All the information is displayed on the patented all-in-one display.

The words on the display are shown in a bold black color to enable easy viewing. Innova 3100 display shows you all the information you require in a format that is easy to understand.

However, the display is rather bland. The black and white, albeit fully functional, remain dull colors to most people.

Features

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Repairs assist

Innova 3100 helps both the mechanic and the car owner during repairs. It monitors the status of the car during repairs. This helps the mechanic and owner determine whether the repair job is complete or not.

The device has a 30-second refreshing feature. It diagnoses the state of the car’s systems continuously and refreshes the page every 30 seconds. This means you can easily monitor what degree of repairs have been done and how much further to go during repairs.

Such real-time data helps save time and money during repairs.

Emissions/smog test

Innova 3100 can conduct a comprehensive scan of the engine system. This scan will reveal the emissions readiness state of your vehicle. From there you can change the situation by limiting the degree of emissions.

The Innova 3100 performs the emissions test rapidly in tandem with the state regulations. This might help you avoid fines due to excessive emissions.

Warning lights

The device helps you get rid of those annoying warning lights. You can do this by making a diagnostics scan on your vehicle. The diagnostics scan will reveal any error codes that are causing the warning lights to come on.

From here, you simply remedy the error either by yourself or with a mechanic. When the scanner detects the resolved issue, it will help you clear the warning light.

Consumer-friendly

The Innova 3100 reads and decrypts error codes. Most devices usually just give the error code leaving the owner to look for the code’s meaning on Google. However, unlike most scanners, the Innova 3100 gives the exact meaning of the error code.

It puts the error in words that the consumer can easily understand. This helps the user determine how soon repairs are required and if they can do it themselves.

RepairSolutions

RepairSolutions is the main way Innova 3100 helps the driver is to inform them when repairs are due. To enable this, the Innova 3100 has a function called RepairSolutions.

]This function is on the Innova.com website. RepairSolutions provides the complete reason as to why the “Engine Check” light is on. You get a basic report with every function.

In order to get a more comprehensive report, you need to purchase one for more money.

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Functionality

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The Innova 3100 scanning tool is one of the most accurate scanners on the market. It can easily assess the cause of an engine check warning light and report the error. 

Innova 3100 was designed to perform the following functions.

  • Scanning and clearing of error codes.
  • Vehicle diagnosis and report
  • Helping the user avoid unnecessary fines

Scanning and clearing of error codes

Innova 3100, just like any other OBD II scanning tool scans for error codes. It particularly scans for engine system error codes. The device then gives a report on what the error code is and what it means.

For GM, Ford and Chrysler vehicles, the Innova 3100 can additionally scan the ABS system. After so doing, it displays the error code.

Minor errors are easy to clear using the device. Major codes, however, require the attention of a mechanic and can only be cleared after the repairs have been conducted.

Vehicle diagnosis and report

The device conducts a thorough diagnosis of the engine system and ABS system for some vehicles. It then gives a report via error codes.

The vehicle diagnosis helps you know which repairs are due when. It also helps you establish the exact fault with your car. This will save you time and money during repairs.

Avoiding fines

Innova 3100 conducts an emissions test on your vehicle. This test will tell the driver if the vehicle is producing too many emissions. You can then remedy the situation and therefore reduce the emissions from your vehicle.

This will help you avoid incurred fines in an emissions test.

Innova 3100 PROs and CONs

PROsCONs
- The Innova 3100 company customer care is very responsive

- Innova 3100 helps you avoid expenses for unexpected repairs

- It helps the mechanic know the exact issue with your vehicle thus saving time

- The device helps you keep your emissions low thus preserving the environment
- The functions are limited as it can only scan engine systems and ABS on few vehicles

- The package is quite hard to open

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This scanner helps you know the repairs due to your vehicle. This feature helps both you and the mechanic save time and money.

This is a top selling “Engine check” warning light OBD II diagnostics tool.

This is a scanner from Innova that can show 20 different details simultaneously.


- Customer care is very responsive

- Helps you avoid expenses for unexpected repairs

- Helps the mechanic know the exact issue with your vehicle thus saving time

- Helps you keep your emissions low thus preserving the environment



- It gives information on engine check warning lights in a manner that is easy to understand.

- The tool has a mobile App that works on iPhone and Android phones.

- Easy to use


- It can erase engine warning light with the click of a button

- Unlike the Innova 3100, it comes with more languages encoded

- It scans more vehicle systems


- The functions are limited as it can only scan engine systems and ABS on few vehicles

- The package is quite hard to open


- Its functions are limited

- Poor customer support


- It is reported to be unable to perform the KOER test

- The scanner does not connect on some models of vehicles

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Recommendation

The Innova 3100 is built for drivers who want to avoid unnecessary costs. These could be incurred from unexpected repairs or from emission test fines. It helps you understand your car’s health and thus you can determine when repairs are due.

Innova 3100 review
(4.3 / 5)
The Innova 3100 scanning tool is one of the most accurate scanners on the market. It can easily assess the cause of an engine check warning light and report the error. Innova 3100 can also do on-the-go emissions scans to help you avoid fines.