Hey Skoolie Fans, Just wanted to share with you some info on diagnostic computers for my bus.
I know there's lots of hearsay about electronically controlled versions of buses but I feel we have been taking the wrong perspective about them. Yes mechanical buses will always be easier to troubleshoot but if you have the right tools on hand the problems will be much less stressful to correct.
I have found a really helpful company. Diesel Laptops
I spoke with Patricia the tech rep and she and I found 3 different price points and levels of tools that I could use to repair my bus with out taking it to a shop for a code scan.
You can also preform shop only maintenance, such as forced regen and reflashing of ECM's.
#1 Top Tier for my bus is this kit. Universal PF Diagnostic Kit
Yes the price point is really really high but the resources and tools available are on-point for a owner who wants to free themselves from dependency from a diesel shop.
#2 No Laptop sold to you, you use your own. DieselLink with PF Diagnose
This package is just the software and the DieselLink. You would still need the cables that actually connect to the ECM and some other programs that help you look up codes and wire diagrams and Tech support. Still a great tool but after all is said and bought you might have spent just as much as the first kit.
#3 This one is a very tempting entry option. CanDo Bluetooth Mobile Scanner
Out of all the kits this is my favorite...This one allows you to do many of the tasks of the Top Tier Kit but it does not have resources for codes and prints and engine diagrams.
As of now I have not purchased one yet. I am really leaning toward the Universal Kit just because I know that I will have another bus one day and I really enjoy the idea of knowing whats wrong with my bus if I do need to use a shop for major repairs. Just a piece of awareness and mind.
However the CanDo kit is still very capable and if I save enough for the Universal Kit I can still get it and save some moola.
So that's my rant. Really interested to hear what you think.
Off the work on the bus. Looking forward to seeing the comments below!