Our Picks for Best OBDII Scan Tools with ABS

By | October 13, 2020

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Having a good OBDII scan tool with ABS (Anti lock Brake System) is a nice thing to have when troubleshooting these types of vehicle problems.

There are many OBDII scan tools available from low-cost to high-end units.

Everyone will have a different requirement from an automotive scan tool. For example, a DIY mechanic will not have the need of an expensive top-end unit like a busy shop mechanic.
Best OBDII Scan Tools with ABS 2020
There are also many units that will give the engine codes for troubleshooting but most will not give codes for the ABS system.

Below is our picks for OBDII scan tools that give codes for engine malfunctions as well as ABS and SRS information.

There are many units available with some of our favorite picks below.

As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.

*This post contains affiliate links.

Our Picks for Best OBDII Scan Tools with ABS

  1. INNOVA 6100P
  2. INNOVA 6100P SRS ABS Engine OBD2 Scanner Diagnostic Tool with Battery Alternator Test Service Light Reset

    Innova makes many good scan tools including the 6100P SRS ABS OBDII Scan Tool.

    It is a good unit that has no problems reading and clearing ABS codes as well as SRS errors.
    Review INNOVA 6100P SRS ABS Engine OBD2 Scan Tool

    I recently received one to review and tested it on a 2012 Toyota Corolla that had the ABS Traction light on that would not go off.
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    The unit pulled up the code C1422 Master Cylinder Pressure Sensor Zero Point High.

    Several other scan tools I have used have not been able to read the codes with the Innova 6100P working well and quickly pulling up the ABS OBDII errors.

    It had no problems reading the ABS error codes and erasing them.
    Review INNOVA 6100P SRS ABS Engine OBD2 Scan Tool Test 10
    The unit also has other advanced features such as SRS, oil light reset, charging system monitoring, freeze frame and more.

    Currently, this is my go to unit for ABS SRS errors with it working very well on a many different vehicles models and manufactures.

    The Innova 6100P is a good unit that works well with many advanced features and will have no problems reading and erasing ABS OBDII codes.

    Read Full Review Here on the Innova 6100P
     

  3. Autel AL619
  4. Autel AL619 Autolink Engine,ABS,SRS Auto OBD2 Scanner Car Code Reader Automotive Diagnostic Tool

    The Autel AL619 is popular scan tool that gives engine, SRS Airbag Faults, and ABS codes.
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    The menu has a nice layout making it easy to navigate around.
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    It has a lot of nice features such as erasing codes and live data.

    The ABS menu will pull up what type of vehicle it is for example Asian, European, or USA.
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    The interface also makes finding the make and model of a car or truck easy to do.
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    The System Menu has SRS and ABS VSA options.
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    It gives the ability to Read Codes, Erase Codes, and ECU Information for the ABS system.
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    The Autel AL619 is a nice diagnostic tool that can save a DIYer a lot of money.
     

  5. Launch CRP129E
  6. LAUNCH OBD2 Scanner – CRP129E Scan Tool for Eng ABS SRS Transmission Code Reader with Oil/EPB/TPMS/SAS/Throttle Body Reset Car Diagnostic Tool, AutoVIN, Lifetime Free Update, Upgraded of Launch CRP129

    The Launch CRP129E is a very good OBD2 scan tool with a lot of features including ABS.

    It works on any USA vehicle 1996 and newer as well a European 2000 and newer.
    Best OBDII Scan Tools with ABS Launch CRP129 2020
    The menu is well laid out making it easy to find sections including Engine Electronics, Transmission Electronics, Brake Electronics, and Airbags.

    Besides ABS is also can clear traction lights as well as functions for SRS, ABS, ATF, PGM-FIEPB, SAS, and Oil Service Light.
     

  7. ANCEL FX4000
  8. ANCEL FX4000 All System Automotive OBD2 Scanner Car Code Reader Vehicle OBDII Diagnostic Scan Tool for Check Engine ABS SRS Transmission EPB ESP SAS TPMS

    The ANCEL FX4000 is a unit that also has a lot of functions including ABS.

    It can scan for ABS or transmission codes and gives a lot of information.
    Best OBDII Scan Tools with ABS Ancel FX4000
    The live data works nicely both while driving and at a stand still and is good at troubleshooting bad sensors.

    It does not have a touchscreen and uses the button to move around the interface but cost less than comparable models with a touchscreen.
     

  9. Innova 3150f
  10. Innova Color Screen 3150f Code Reader/Scan Tool with ABS/SRS and Bluetooth for OBD2 Vehicles

    The Innova 3150f is an OBDII scan tool that has ABS and SRS features.

    After plugging it in and turning the ignition to on it automatically will find the information on a vehicle.

    The System Menu section has Global OBD2, ABS, and SRS options.
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    The main menu has options for System Tests, Vehicle Information, Oil Reset, DLC Locator, Battery Reset, Battery Alternator Monitor, Trip Cycle Procedures and more.
    Best OBDII Scan Tools with ABS SRS 2019

    It will display an error code along with a summary of the problem.
    Best OBDII Scan Tools with ABS 2019
    The Innova 3150f is a good scan tool with a lot of built-in features. Of course, be sure to read the comments and reviews to be sure it will work with your vehicle.
     

  11. Cen-Tech OBDII With ABS
  12. The Cen-Tech OBDII is another popular scan tool that also has ABS support.

    It can also scan engine codes for any problems that may occur.
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    I recently used it on a Chevy which had a C0252. (C0252 is the Active Brake Control Sensors.) Without an ABS tool like this I never would have been able to find it on my own.
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    It is a good unit for a backyard mechanic or the average DIY’er.
     
    Best OBD2 ABS Scan Tools Comparison Chart

    NameTypeREAD/ERASE CODES ABS Options
    Innova 6100P Stand-alone YesYes
    Autel AL619Stand-alone YesYes
    Launch CRP129EStand-alone YesYes
    ANCEL FX4000Stand-alone YesYes
    Innova 3150f Stand-alone YesYes
    Cen-Tech OBD IIStand-alone YesYes

    What is ABS? (Anti-Lock Braking System)?
    ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) stops a vehicle tires from locking up and skidding.

    When a car skids it loses control of the steering and can result in an accident.

    While an experienced driver will usually let off the brake preventing a lock-up of the steering new or inexperienced drivers can benefit greatly from ABS systems.

    Benefits Of ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)
    A car or truck with ABS has more control of the vehicle resulting in fewer accidents and better steering.

    • Vehicles with ABS are less likely to be involved in a crash.
    • ABS Gives a driver better control, especially on wet or snowy roads.
    • ABS gives better control to a driver making for a safer trip.

     
    Can a Vehicle Still Operate Without ABS?
    If there is an error most vehicles will default to the older style of brakes before ABS was introduced.

    Any vehicle with the ABS light on should use an OBD2 scan tool to find the problem.

    While a vehicle may seem OK to drive if there is an error in the system it needs to be found and fixed.
     
    How To Find an ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) Error?
    A scan tool with ABS features built-in needs to be used to scan for errors.

    Most scan tools do not have ABS diagnostics built-in so be sure it is listed on a scan tools specifications.
     
    How is an ABS OBDII Scan Tool Used?
    All vehicles 1996 and newer have an OBDII port to communicate with the onboard computer.

    The onboard computer holds any errors in a code which can be read and interpreted by and OBDII scan tool.

    The OBDII port is usually located underneath the driver side dashboard and a scan tool is simply plugged into the port.

    A scan tool can communicate with the vehicles onboard computer reading and clearing error codes.
     
    Summary
    There are many good OBDII scan tools that can save a user a lot of money reading and clearing error codes.

    The error codes guide you to the problem and when combined with many online sources such as YouTube or forums the problem can usually be quickly found and fixed.

    Keep in mind if a code is erased it more than likely will come back if the problem is not fixed.

    OBDII is built into all cars made after 1996 and newer vehicles and a good tool will work with most all makes and models of cars and trucks.

    An easy to use interface is also a requirement, at least in my opinion, as there is nothing worse than struggling to find options in the unit.

    Also keep in mind that units that have ABS are more expensive than a basic OBD2 with many low-cost options.

    Of course, be sure to read reviews on Amazon or other sources to be sure it will work with your vehicle and do what you need it to do.
     




     




     

3 thoughts on “Our Picks for Best OBDII Scan Tools with ABS

  1. Newton

    What is the point of the ABS bleeding system if someone else still has to stand outside the car and open the plugs? Why use it at all?

    Reply
    1. Doug

      ABS bleeding cycles the ABS system so you can bleed the air out of the ABS vales. This is a must if your master cylinder runs dry, or you replace a vehicle’s ABS unit.

      Reply
  2. Samuel Graciano

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