Autel Maxisys MS906TS Review: Professional Car Diagnostic Tool
Maxisys MS906TS is great for professional auto mechanics and car repair shop owners. It is a bit costly for the ordinary car dealer or DIY enthusiast but worth buying. As a professional car diagnostic scan tool, ms906ts is produced by one of the most notable brands(Autel) on the market. As well as, This diagnostic tool is an upgraded tool of Autel Maxisys MS906 and similar to Autel Maxisys MS906BT but with some extra features.
From outside, the Autel MS906TS looks like an ordinary Android tablet. With an 8-inch LED display and dimensions of 10 x 6.9 x 1.4 inches, this OBD2 scanner fits in a hand as comfortably as any tablet. It has a weight of just 2.42 pounds, this is very important for a mechanic as they can roam around the car repair shop or carry it in the field with much ease. In addition, its compact design makes storing it be simple.
In terms of performance, the scanner features the popular Android™ 4.4.2, KitKat operating system. And includes a 6-core Samsung Exynos T5260 processor and 2GB of RAM for fast processing of diagnostic data. This OS is popular among mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) because it’s very fast. In less than ten seconds it will be fully powered up and raring to go.
Besides, Autel MS906TS is packed with all the features needed for use in a professional auto shop. Covered many vehicles from Asia, US, and Europe. It as well as supports a wide range of functions with basic and advanced functions included.
Summary of Contents1 Technical Specifications of the Autel Maxisys MS906TS
1.2 Autel MS906TS
2 What’s included in the package?
3 Why Should You Buy Autel MS906TS?
3.1 Professional-Level Diagnostics
3.2 Built-In TPMS Antennae
3.3 Extensive Connectivity
3.4 Wide Vehicle Coverage
4 Advantages and Shortcomings
5 Our Summary
Technical Specifications of the Autel Maxisys MS906TS
|Display:||8.0″ 1024×768 LED-backlit glossy Multi-Touch capacitive display with IPS technology|
|Operating System(OS):||Open source Android Operating System|
|Processor:||Samsung Exynos T5260 6-Core Processor (1.3 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 + 1.7 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A15)|
|Read DTC and Clear DTC:||Yes|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), USB: 2.0, Mini USB 2.0, Wireless BT V2.1+EDR, Class1, HDMI 1.4a, SD Card(support up to 32 GB)|
|Audio Input/Output:||Microphone, Single Speaker, 3-Band 3.5 mm stereo/standard headset jack|
|Check Engine Light:||Yes|
|ABS, SRS, EPB, SASS, DPF, TPMS:||Yes|
|Internal Memory:||2 GB RAM & 32 GB ROM|
|Camera:||Rear-facing, 8.0 Megapixel, AF with Flashlight|
|Sensors:||Gravity Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor (ALS)|
|Views freeze frame data:||Yes|
|Recording modes:||Full Screen waveform graphing analysis|
|Opens and closes electronic brake calipers:||Yes|
|ECU coding, Injector coding:||Yes|
|Smart AutoVIN technology for identifying vehicles easily:||Yes|
|Rechargeable lithium-polymer battery:||up to 14 hours of continuous operation|
|Power and Battery:||10,000 mAh 3.7 V lithium-polymer battery, Charging via 12 V AC/DC power supply|
|Support Car Models:||More than 80 US, Asian and European makes and models|
|Vehicle Coverage:||Abarth, Acura, Alfa, Benz, Audi, Bentley,
Dodge, Bugatti, Citroen, Dacia, Bmw,
Chevrolet, Fiat, Chrysler, Daihatsu,Ford, Gm,
Holden, Hyundai, Isuzu, Infiniti, Honda,
Jaguar, Lancia, Kia, Lexus, Land Rover, Jeep,
Nissan, Mazda, Mini, Maybach, Mitsubishi,
Opel,Peugeot, Renault, Saab, Porsche,
Scion, Seat, Skoda, Subaru, Smart, Sprinter,
Suzuki, Vauxhall, Vw, Toyota, Volvo, Etc..
|Operating Temperature:||-10 to 55°C (14 to 131°F)|
|Storage Temperature:||-20 to 70°C (-4 to 158°F)|
|Software Update Option:||One-year free updates|
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What’s included in the package?
Autel MS906TS complete package with all the connectors and accessories
- Autel Maxisys MS906TS scan tool
- Vehicle specific adapters
- Main OBD2 connector cable
- MaxiVCI V100 light fuse
- Reference guide
- Mini USB cable
- User manual
- Cigarette lighter
- Compact disc
- Packing list
Why Should You Buy Autel MS906TS?
So far in this Autel MS906TS review, we have seen that this scanner is a well-built device that is super-fast. It also comes complete with all connectors and accessories. Well, those would pass as two motivations to buy the scanner. How about we look at more convincing reasons why it makes a good buy.
The Autel MaxiSYS MS906TS does everything, from reading codes to ECU programming and everything in between. Once connected, it automatically pulls the VIN details of a car. From there you can proceed to read and clear codes or check for other faults in ANY car system.
It supports a plethora of service functions like TPMS reset, oil service reset, EPB reset, DPF reset, camshaft gear learning, SAS calibration, injector coding, BMS service etc. Additionally, the Autel MS906TS performs bi-directional tests for ABS, lamps, actuators, auto bleeding, idle up manual control, automated tests, function tests and pretty much every other bi-directional test you can think of.
A Little Something About Bi-directional Tests
Essentially, Autel MS906TS is a professional bidirectional scan tool. The scanner can perform system tests as well as actuate injectors, relays, and coils. By doing so the MaxiSYS MS906TS helps you determine the efficiency of that particular system. It does so by sending and receive commands to and from the system.
As a user, you can observe how the system parameters change in real-time. That will tell you whether it is performing optimally. For example, a bi-directional ABS test will allow you to send commands to the ABS system, in the same way, the car’s on-board computer would.
By observing how that system responds to the commands, you can determine whether it would respond to the ECU’s commands as required. If not then it means there’s a problem that needs fixing. If so then your ABS is clean as a whistle.
Back To Professional Diagnostics
As far as the actual professional functions, you can use the MaxiSYS MS906TS for adaptations, matching, coding and relearns. Things like key coding, ECU coding, ECU programming, TPMS relearn and any sensor relearn should be a breeze with this diagnostic tool. There’s a built-in 8MP camera with a flashlight to help you illuminate dark parts during diagnostics.
The Autel MS906TS provides freeze frame data in addition to live data. If you are more comfortable with graphical data you have the option to view PIDs as full-screen waveforms. Besides, it allows you to print and/or save the data. There’s a built-in memory with a 32GB SSD storage capacity for holding the data.
Finally, the built-in 10000mAh lithium polymer battery keeps the scanner going even when it’s not connected to a power source. You may need that kind of service when you are using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to run diagnostics.
Built-In TPMS Antennae
This is the one feature that sets this device apart from other Autel scanners like the MS906BT, MS906 and even the costlier MS908. Built with an integrated TPMS antennae module, the Autel MS906TS is not only capable of triggering OEM TPMS sensors but can also program TPMS sensors and perform TPMS sensor relearns.
In other words, this device can transfer new TPMS sensor IDs directly to a vehicle’s ECU. If you are an auto mechanic you understand that most foreign cars usually require a comprehensive relearn procedure before being sold or used locally. When it comes to TPMS relearn, the MS906TS will initiate the process automatically and save you from the hassle of doing it manually.
Although it comes with OBD2 adapters, the Autel MS906TS also supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. In other words, you can ditch the cable completely and use a wireless connection to run diagnostics.
It uses Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. This type of Bluetooth is not only built for secure connections but it also supports Enhanced Data Rate (hence the EDR) for faster data transfer. The only problem is that it’s only suitable for short-range data transfer.
Luckily the MS906TS offers a solution for that. The 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi module covers a fairly long distance. With speeds of up to 54Mbps, this connection lets you run diagnostics from outside the car.
While Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are the most important connections, at least as far as diagnostics, they are not the only ones supported by the Autel MS906TS. It also features USB 2.0, Mini USB 2.0, SD Card, HDMI 1.4a and Class1 ports.
Wide Vehicle Coverage
The functions above make the case for the Autel MS906TS. But to top it all off, the scanner has an impressively wide vehicle coverage. It works on over 80 brands of OBD2-compliant vehicles, domestic and foreign.
That means if a car was manufactured after 1996 then it should be compatible, provided it has the 16-pin OBD2 port. For a complete list of covered vehicles please visit Autel’s website. You can reach them for inquiries regarding the compatibility of your car.
Advantages and Shortcomings
- It is compatible with all 1996 and newer vehicles
- It is durably made to last long
- The Autel Maxisys ms906ts supports basic and advanced functions
- The device enables users to save, print, and playback live data
- It has MaxiFix that offers diagnostic tips and tricks for easy diagnosis
- It comes with free software online update
- The manufacturer provides a one-year warranty
- The device comes with a one-year of free updates which is a bit short-lived as you will have to pay after that.
- Some users have reported compatibility issues with some car models
- It is quite costly, hence not suitable for beginners or DIY enthusiasts
If you’re a serious car enthusiast or a professional mechanic, Autel MaxiSYS MS906TS is a great diagnostic tool for you. Thanks to its outstanding vehicle coverage and a wide range of functions. It is also fast and very easy to use. The wireless connection makes it suitable for busy car repair shops and it updates automatically.
Question: Is the Autel MS906TS compatible with J2534?
Answer: No, it’s not. This scan tool is only compatible with 1996 and newer vehicles make and models. The vehicle has to be OBD2 compliant and manufactured from 1996. This includes over 80 US, Asian, and European vehicles.
Question: Do I have to update this scan tool every year?
Answer: No, you don’t. But if you want your car to have the latest software and bug fixes, then you will have to update it every year. This sounds challenging for many but it is not a must.