Autel MaxiCheck Pro Review

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Product Type: HANDHELD UNIT

Reviewed by: Alex Meyer

Quality of Build

Value For Money

Ease of Use

What We Like

  • Expanded functionality for coding and resetting multiple advanced systems beyond the ECU and CEL.
  • Mode Six and Freeze Frame Data Recording
  • Live data streaming and recording
  • Graphing or text telemetry recording
  • Compact, lightweight and durable
  • Includes OBDII dongle and USB connector for software/database updates

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn’t offer more advanced features like wireless key coding, ECU programming or transmission coding
  • No memory card support
  • No Wi-Fi/Bluetooth

Running the latest diagnostic platform from Autel, this simplified, easy to operate OBDII scan tool was built from the ground up for professional technicians in auto service centers and body repair shops that specialize in servicing and repairing all makes and models.

The expanded database has DTCS and TSBs from manufacturers all over the world, and the MaxiCheck Pro can even reset or clear codes on advanced braking systems, suspension controls, airbags and other sports and luxury car features not supported by other scan tools. Best of all, this handheld scanner is tough as nails and available at a price that won’t break the bank.

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Look and Feel

Brightly colored and easy to hold one handed, the Autel MaxiCheck Pro makes a great shop companion sitting on the workbench or clipped to your belt for easy access. The display is also a TFT (thin flexible transistor) as opposed to an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), making it easier to read regardless of the lighting. It’s also easier to read when you’re test-driving a vehicle and monitoring the graphs or telemetry on the screen.

Connectivity

The MaxiCheck Pro works with everything from discontinued Mercury and Pontiac vehicles to brand new Audis and Maybachs. The expanded database goes a long way to making this diagnostic scanner much more useful than similar models from competing manufacturers. Autel also gives you both an OBDII port dongle and a USB cable for connecting it to a Windows PC for updating the database and firmware. Truly, this is a fantastic value for the cost in terms of connectivity.

Functionality

Here’s a quick rundown of the Autel MaxiCheck Pro’s capabilities:

  • Turn off/on ECU & brake warning light
  • Read /Clear Airbag/SRS trouble codes
  • Operate electronic brake calipers
  • Set/reset inspection mileage in the ECU
  • Reset oil service light
  • Read/Clear/Reset DTCs
  • Diagnose/Reset EPB/SBC DTCs
  • Mode 6 & Freeze Frame Data
  • Review, graph, record, replay and print OBD2 data
  • Firmware and OBDII DTC code database update via Windows PC

Bluetooth/Wi-Fi: No

ABS/ESP: Yes

Engine Codes: Yes

Memory Card Support: No

Live Data Stream: Yes, with recording, replay and printing via PC

Smog Test: Yes

Wireless Keys Coding: No

ECU Reprogramming: No

Check Engine Light Reset: Yes

Ease of Use

Like all Autel scanners, the software on the handset is meant to be easily operated with one hand using the arrow keys, center OK button and soft keys at the base of the display. Once you get used to navigating the menus and database, you’ll find this is both an excellent diagnostic tool and reference for troubleshooting problems on any car.

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Conclusion

All things considered, this is a fantastic OBDII scanner that allows DIY enthusiasts and professional automotive service technicians alike will find to be perfect for their needs. If you’re ready to upgrade your base or intermediate model scan tool, the MaxiCheck Pro provides the best value for the money in its class.

Check one out when you’re ready for more power and convenience when working on fixing a car.

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