Whether you’re a mechanic or simply a car enthusiast, you understand that overwhelming sense of pride and satisfaction that comes from solving a problem on a car.
Every car owner benefits from owning a diagnostic tool, and the Autel Maxisys MS906 is one of the best professional scan tools on the market. In our review, we’ll take a closer look at the Autel Maxisys, discuss when we love and what could be better, and give you all the information you need to determine if it’s the best tool for you.
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Details & Specs of the Autel Maxisys MS906
Autel is a highly research driven global organization that is at the forefront of creating the best quality technology in automotive intelligent diagnostics, detection and analysis systems, and automotive electronic components. It is one of the world’s leading providers in automotive intelligent diagnostic systems, like the MS906. This particular scanner is designed with the modern user in mind.
Features and Specs:
- 8-inch LED-Backlit screen
- User-friendly Android OS
- Over 18 service functions such as oil reset, EPB, BMS, DPF, IMMO keys, Injector, SAS, Suspension, Throttle, Odometer, among others.
- Full system diagnostics
- Full OBD2 and OBD1 modes.
- Option for ECU coding to change programmed options that already exist in the software.
- Built-in 8-megapixel rear camera complete with autofocus and flashlight.
- Key-recording capabilities (if you know the key code from an individual dealer of a vehicle.)
- Multi-reset capabilities (such as the check engine light and ABS.)
- Extremely durable designed to withstand tough use.
- 12-month limited warranty.
“Unpacking” the Autel MS906
Let’s take a closer look at what you’ll get in the box if and when you order an Autel MS906 scanner.
The Autel MS906 comes with a slick black carrying case with a velcro strap to protect it from any damage during the delivery process. Not only that, it’s design also always you to ensure it remains safe for as long as you have it. (That’s not to say you shouldn’t treat this scanner with extreme care!)
Besides the scanning tool, in the black case, you’ll find the OBD2 main cable that you’ll use to connect the device to your vehicle’s OBD port, your user manual (which you should make sure you read through with a fine-tooth comb), and the manufacturer-specific adapters. The adapters you’ll receive are for:
- Chrysler -16
- GM/Daewoo -12
- AC/DC Adapter
- VW/Audi 2×2
What Will You Love About the Autel MS906?
We touched on a little bit about what we really loved about the Autel MS906. But there are so many unique features that this device is capable of that we should take some extra time to discuss what makes this such a useful thing for amateur and professional mechanics to invest in. Take a closer look at the best features of the MS906.
As we mentioned earlier, the MS906 is compatible with over 80 brands of cars, including all mainstream makes and some specialty makes. What most people don’t realize, and something that makes this scanner so special is that it is not just an OBD2 scanner. It also supports OBD1 diagnosis, which is crucial if you ever service anyone with an older car. Why does it matter, do you ask?
OBD2 scanning devices only work for cars that are fitted with OBD2 ports, which only include vehicles that were manufactured after 1996. Cars made before that year will have OBD1 ports. That means if you ever came across a potential customer with a car that was made before 1996, which, as you’ll know, is not unheard of, you would need a scanner that would be compatible with their systems. It’s a massive bonus that the MS906 can do it all.
Another feature that makes the MS906 one of the most accessible systems on the market is the fact that it works well with Windows computers. All you have to do is connect the scanner to a computer with a USB port, and then you can download the diagnostic reports.
Using The MS906
There are so many components of the Autel MS906 that make it one of the most user-friendly scanning devices that a practicing mechanic can buy; we thought we had to go into a little more detail on a few of them.
The first step is to plug the scanner into the OBD port of the vehicle you mean to work on. It’s common knowledge among professional mechanics that the OBD port can usually be found in the driver’s side dashboard. All you have to do is insert the device to the OBD port using an adapter cable (one of the ones you received in the handy black kit). The display won’t come on automatically, and you do have to press the power button to get to the home screen.
The touch screen display is lauded as one of the MS906’s best features, in fact, as one of the best available on the market. The LED backlit display on the Autel MS906 is fully colorful ensuring that it’s clear and easy to read. It’s got a clear resolution of 1024x768P, which is nothing to turn your nose up at.
Once you select the function you choose to perform from the one-touch menu, the system will guide you through a step by step process. And there are a lot of services you can choose from (the users manual will be an excellent resource for you to get to know the functions!) Since the operating system is an Android, it’s no wonder that the design of the interface turned out to be so fluid and intuitive.
You can view the data you receive from your scan directly on the screen of the scanner. If you’d prefer to have a hard copy to work from, you can plug in the USB connector we mentioned earlier to your PC and print out the diagnostic report. In case you ever have to refer to any old data, you can retrieve it anytime from the scanner’s 32GB internal memory. You can also delete any information that’s just taking up space on that memory. You’re in control.
One of the last great things we’ll mention about the MS906 is that it’s entirely online. Anywhere, anytime. Regardless of the internet situation, you’re faced with when you’re working on a car (and it can’t always be ideal circumstances after all), you’ll be able to connect and use this scanner because it has a built-in wifi module. This could come in handy in case you have to look up and diagnostic information or connect with the Autel helpline.
Frequently Asked Questions About Autel Maxisys MS906
Check out some commonly asked questions about the MS906.
Q: Can you reset the adaptive memory for the transmission with this scanner?
Q: Can this scan tool allow you to see live data on the ABS system?
A: It certainly can, in fact it can provide you live data for almost everything. It can support active tests for the ABS system and also ABS bleeding function.
Q: Can this scanner read TCM?
A: This diagnostic tool is fully capable of reading TCM.
Q: Can this scanner reprogram keys?
A: Yes, as long as your vehicle supports the function it can add, delete, and reprogram keys.
Q: Can this software program and register a BMW battery?
A: Yes, IT functions like software programing and registry are supported in the Autel MS906 scanner.
Q: Can the Autel MS906 scanner adjust for larger tire size?
A: Unfortunately, the MS906 does not support that function.
Q: Will the Autel MS906 read live sensor data from a GM, or does it just read the trouble codes?
A: On most models, the scanner will read live sensor data.
Q: Do the transmission diagnostic capabilities work on European vehicles?
A: The Autel MS906 provides dealer-level diagnostics for most European makes and models.
The Autel Maxisys MS906 scanner is one of the best available of its kind if you’re in the market for one. As we’ve mentioned, it’s best suited for professional mechanics or highly committed DIY auto mechanics.
Anyone can purchase it and use it. Still, the high level of functioning it’s capable of, combined with the resources required to fix any problem detected, makes it most effectively used by dedicated mechanics.