In this video I show you the importance of using the "record" feature on your scan tool to help find the root cause of an intermittent problem on a test drive. I am working on a 2005 Buick LeSabre 3.8 that has an intermittent problem "cutting out" while driving. The record feature made short work of this problem. -Enjoy!
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47 thoughts on “Importance of using the record feature on your scan tool”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J.R. says:

    The problem I have found with the gas gauge on GM is the use of cheap/inferior gas that has a high sulfur content in the gas corroding the wiper/resistor connected to the float.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars NICk AYIVOR says:

    Very SUBSTANTIAL
    Thanks 👍
    South Main Auto Repair
    From Nick Ayivor from London England UK 🇬🇧

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andrew ROBINSON says:

    I need to buy a mut 11 scanner for my 2002 pajero i0. What do you recommend .
    Andy Australia

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thamer Kwan says:

    💯💋💯

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Donald Rackley says:

    Great video Mr owe

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Scott says:

    Thank you for the lesson on the scan tool. I just bought one this year. I been watching you to learn more about the scan tool you use in this video.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Aaron Gallagher says:

    Can one use a Tech 2 in graphing mode grams/time? or is the Tech 2 too slow?

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stich says:

    Any recomendations on a sub 150 scan took for a diyer? something with good live data?

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Martinetto says:

    The battery voltage seems a little high, (14.8-14.9) Is that common for those? Also, what was that screwdriver kit you pulled in to remove the mass airflow sensor?

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Openheimer says:

    " I see my one brother at my other brother's shop." Sounds like the Newhart show. Hi!, My name is Larry, this is my brother Daryl, and this is my other brother Daryl.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roudter says:

    "When in doubt, pull out" – Eric O…….

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jamie Rushing says:

    Hi y’all from west Alabama

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jack Sroka says:

    "When in doubt, pull out", that was my motto before I got married.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DeafAuto says:

    You’re so smart. Wish you were my teacher. I have BlueDriver but I want that tool haha. Have a good day.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sebastian Cowley says:

    Gah! Same here on 97 Inifiniti J30 I was working on. Tap the MAF and it goes BOZO the Ape on the graph! Mind you I had to use the Nissan Adaptor with my Maxisys. OBD Generic Data on early OBD2 cars is not detailed enough. I REPEAT, early OBD2 cars SEVERELY lacked detail/resolution on data pids because they were over-processed and slow. YOU HAD TO USE the factory ADAPTORS!!! Great VID! You're a gangsta!

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Pilgrim says:

    Of course you need to use the record feature. How else would you be able to focus on watching SMA videos on your test drive? 😂

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Art Vandelay says:

    Is there a link to the video where Eric builds the 4 amp homemade SMA custom test light ?

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Trevor T says:

    I love your videos

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars js Automotive says:

    Yeah you probably have found it rear ready but yeah there is a access panel in the trunk

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Classic Frenzy says:

    You should show how to build that test light 😉

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BigFoote Mobile Auto says:

    Yeah about that recording feature on the Autel, it sucks! What I don’t like is if you record certain pids and it doesn’t save them like that! Also not all the Pid Values show up when they should, I was thinking what the heck is this about! Spend a lot of money for something that kind of works but not like it should. Wish I had more money like you all to buy others and use them also! What other problems have you found with it, anything different? No I haven’t tried it recording watching graphing like that I’ll have to look and see how it does if it does that at all?! Thanks for your excellent video sir…again.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BigFoote Mobile Auto says:

    Glad to see you’re using a headband Camera holder Eric how is that working? I bought one it’s just a headband thing but haven’t used it yet. Thought it would be good on more difficult jobs so I know what to look for if I have problems putting things back together.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeff Armer says:

    If no one else said it , dude you need to clean the MAF sensor lol

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tree in Albuquerque says:

    Great video. Liked the portion where you showed the stored readings. Also liked the way you tapped the MAF and its subsequent reading in the scan device. Thanks again for the video.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dale Pomraning says:

    thank you for show the AESwave test probes.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Morgan Adair says:

    Kudo's on your video. I was just getting into the "moddus" tester of snap on's tool set when I got hurt and couldn't ever go back to work… to this day I scream I want to work and at least I can watch someone who knows how to run the equipment because it ain't easy learning on the fly which should tell you that I am old and its been a while since the stuff I was using has even been in service anymore/LOL. Yes I am 70 now but I still loved the game and I was good at it even if my diagnostics was seat of the pants (gut feeling) etc. I would love to be as smart as you cause my day has come and gone. Loved the video

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars dpinvidic says:

    Love your videos. You seem to have several scan tools. How about a video to review features of each and price. Make a recommendation for the DIY guys.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sugrue Family says:

    As you warned Eric .. you forgot the links to the home made Test light video 🙂

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dylan Andersen says:

    So, if you could only choose one diagnostic tool to buy, which one would you go with? I'm back and forth between the launch x431 and one of the Autel models, but I'm not sure. Haven't had any personal experience with and of them. (Yes I work on cars professionally)

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Justa Hasbeen says:

    My mass air went when I floored it. At the same time the trans went into limp home mode. The car was running so bad I thought I broke the timing belt. Thank goodness for scan tools or I would have been lost.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Money Grip says:

    When in doubt…. pull out …. priceless

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rob C says:

    Great demo, great tool and fab diagnostician/video – in my worthless opinion.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jared Mccoy says:

    Just replaced a Buick let Sabre pcm , map sensor was reading vacuum with no map sensor plugged in and with sensor plugged in car idles at 15-1700

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Feeney's Mechanical says:

    Did you check for a stink bug? Lolol

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Baxrok2 says:

    Fantastic demonstration and explanation of the record feature. Sweet MAF diag too. Thanks Dr. O!

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars The mech a nic says:

    Are the wiring diagrams programmed into the scanner or is it an additional paid service ?

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Boss Goss says:

    Hey bubba, your videos have helped me in so many ways when getting my 64 C10 running perfect as I have small wiring and sensor issues with the 5.3LS I have put in it. Thanks for all your help.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Monte Stu says:

    That Bosch scan tool is sweet! Seems very fast too, compared to your other tools.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Feeney's Mechanical says:

    Great video Eric. I am curious how the car would run if you disconnected the Maf sensor and let run off the map sensor as a input to the ecm?? Just curious

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Spranger says:

    Shhhiiitt, I need me one of them scan tools!! Good ole GM.. lol

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ramon Heard Jr says:

    What’s the best scan tool to use.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Martin Schaffmeir says:

    Thats fascinating to me sir. Nice work

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars rimmersbryggeri says:

    Di you ever try the Autocom/Delphi scantool? With the cdp+ software you can flight record on that meaning you can leave the VCI in the car with the customer and let them drive until it acts up and it records your selected pids to a sd card in the vci. Seems very useful but I only have the standard software so I cant use it.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roscoe Someone says:

    Your channel is the best investment of my time. I may never use a lot of the things I learn here, but you never know.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars R R says:

    whats the ballpark for repairing an instrument cluster from united?