Looking to do a brake fluid swap and see several available. Just wondering what you guys use before I invest $200.00-300.00. I don't need a full featured commercial machine. Entry level is fine as long as I can bleed the ABS Module. Thanks
Years ago -- sometime after 1996 when OBD2 appeared -- I bought an Actron scan tool. It didn't support access to other control modules or ABS pump cycling or anything like that. But it did offer the ability to trigger the built in tests some engine controllers supported tests to check O2 function.
The scanner cost around $250 -- quite a sum in that day -- but it paid for itself many times over.
I had real good experience with Actron and I'm looking into buying one -- I think the CP9695 model -- capable of doing more including ABS pump cycling for brake system bleeding.
But that Innova CarScan Tech 5510 looks interesting.
OTOH, I have only bled the brakes (and clutch) hydraulic system 2 times (at least with cars I have owned since 2002) but I can't recall doing it any more than that. I just found it easier to when I had the car in for an oil/filter service and the brake/clutch hydraulic system was due for a flush/bleed service to have the brake/clutch hydraulic system bled then.
The techs do this all the time. It is so easy to do with the car on the lift. They use a pressure bleeder so no helper is required. Watched this done several times and the tech can get around the car visiting every brake caliper in turn in really no time. It was quite impressive. The tech used a catch bottle he connected to the bleed valve nipple to capture the old fluid. As soon as he opened the bleed valve the nasty old fluid flowed out. As it changed to fresh fluid he closed the valve and moved the hose to the other nipple and repeated the process. The tech had the diagnostic tool to cycle the ABS pump and that was that.
I can't recall the cost of this service but remember that this service and the manual transmission/diff fluid service were two of the least expensive services I paid a dealer service department to do.
I did the bleeding a few times, two times, just for the experience but 2 times was enough for me.