Product Review By BATauto Postal Address Rennacs Limited 337 Jary Road RD1 Ohaupo, 2452 NEW ZEALAND International contact numbers ++ 64 7 823 6582 (sales & inquires) ++ 64 7 823 6592 (fax) Contact via E-Mail For sales information, orders or general inquires: firstname.lastname@example.org Product review performed by Bruce Bonebrake Managing Editor at BATauto Here is a product that will really amaze you when you see it in action. In the USA, since 1996 when OBDII was mandatory on all passenger vehicles sold here, most pc and handheld scanners and code readers will not cover OBDI vehicles. Well, here is a system that will!! The Rennacs folks have designed a simple to use unique code reader for OBDI vehicles. Since the system will read the MIL light or the LED(s) mounted on the vehicle computer the ABS, SRS and other systems can also be checked with this system. Outside the USA, the vehicle manufactures have different emission standards. Some countries are still pre-OBDII, or have just recently added the system to the vehicles. Since we are all located in the World Wide Web, at BATauto, we want to try and bring products that will benefit everyone. The Rennacs Limited company is located in New Zealand and these folks are really focused on vehicle diagnostics. They are in the process of adding the OBDII diagnostics to the systems. The system tested in this review is for Asian Imports, and for an example of the supported vehicles, click here. Since the system is not model specific, there may be other models that are covered but not listed. European vehicles will also be added to the system in the near future. We have had numerous people ask us about testing pre-OBDII vehicles for fault codes and also the various other on-board computer systems such as ABS, SRS, Transmission. We may have found an answer with the Rennacs Code Reader PC System. The company also offers this system for use with a handheld. Using the unique configuration of the Handspring handheld, there is also the Code Reader Handheld System. I am reviewing that system also. To give you an idea how both sytems work, I have reviewed them both on the same vehicle with the same problem. Bascially the same vehicle was tested with the Code Reader PC system, and then the same tests with the Code Reader Handheld system. Let's get started by looking at what the Code Reader PC system consists of... The Code Reader for PC system comes in an organizer style nylon carrying case. The outside compartment houses all of the connectors and jumpers needed to testing the vehicles, as well as a bottle of water, a shield and a magnet. Inside the carrying case are the remainder of the testers components. Rennacs even added a foam cushion inside the case to protect the contents. Above is the sensor that will read the warning indiactor lamp. If you notice, the sensor even has a black hood attached to it to stop stray light from interferring with the operation of the sensor. The literature included is the user guide for the system, the invoice that will contain the unlock codes for the software, charts and the warranty information. The charts are even laminated to provide years of use. Above is the printer port adapter and the PC-to-vehicle cable. This is a LONG cable that will allow the system to be connected to a PC. If you have a PC in your shop or garage there is no need for a laptop. The PC requirements for the Code Reader system are very minimal. I am using a Toshiba Satellite laptop. With the long PC cable supplied with the system, you can use a desktop PC. The laptop I am using is a 486-50Mhz, 20MB RAM, 200MB hard drive. This laptop is running Windows '95. The Code Reader software is for Windows and a DOS version is also included on the floppy disc. To install the software, insert the program floppy disc in the 1.44MB floppy drive.