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CarMD Review

Protect Your Car's Health

The complete CarMD kit, with handheld device, downloadable software, USB cable and carrying case

Is that funny noise your car keeps making giving you a not-so-funny feeling in the pit of your stomach? Does your "check engine" light have you checking your heart rate? If you've got a hunch that your car has a problem, the CarMD Vehicle Health System can help. This easy-to-use handheld device accesses your car's onboard computer system (standard on vehicles since 1996) to provide a diagnostic report on engine, electronic and emissions systems. To perform a check-up on your car with the CarMD, plug the device into the passenger compartment's computer port (visit the product website to find out where this is located in your vehicle), start your engine, and wait for the beeps signaling that the diagnosis is complete. Green, yellow and red LED lights on the cell phone size-instrument give a preliminary indication of any problems; however, for a full report, you'll want to connect the PC and Mac-compatible device to your computer. While getting the information from the car to your computer can be a bit of a hassle, you'll be thankful once you do, as the CarMD provides detailed coverage of your vehicle's inner workings, including potential problems, possible solutions and even the estimated cost of repairs. Although the CarMD isn't intended as a replacement for regularly scheduled maintenance, it does work well as a tool for pinpointing the source of those mysterious clinks, clanks and hiccups — keeping you safe, sane and up to date on your car's health.

Reviewed by Nicholas Winfrey

Price: $99.99

 

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