View Full Version : #1 tool for diagnosing automotive electrical systems = POWER PROBE 3

12-29-2009, 04:31 AM

It is next on my Definitely Buy tool shortlist.

I have used the older models and this one blows them away.

I can't begin to tell you all how much time this would save a pro or diy mechanic.

david in germany
12-29-2009, 10:15 AM
Cool Shit man!
When I was in Texas in the beginning of this month I picked up a Innova 3130 to do the codes on the MINI. :)http://www.amazon.com/Equus-3130-Diagnostic-Playback-Capability/dp/B000KID31K?tag=unlinker-20

12-29-2009, 03:31 PM
Pretty doggone expensive - even at the "sale" price.

For $160 you could get a primo quality (4.5 digit) DMM.

Nothing like a good ole DMM for me - though it does not have a "test light" built in, it is good for cars, the home, anywhere.

12-29-2009, 09:40 PM
I was a mechanic for 13 years and specialized in diagnosis and electrical.

I have a Fluke and a Mac Tools mulitimeter.

This thing blows them away/

You can get the basic kit on e-bay for $110.

Never cheap out on your tools. ;)

12-30-2009, 01:29 AM
Agree with you completely as far as not "cheaping out" on tools - we should never be "penny-wise and pound-foolish" as Benjamin Franklin might say.

I have Tektronix and Wavetek multimeters for home personal use - and a wide selection of Agilent and Fluke meters at work..

I suppose it is all in "where you are coming from" as far as what is familiar to use and serves to suit your own needs.

Myself - I'll always prefer a standard DMM measuring resistance, voltage, current, and junction drop (diode check) to figure out my problems.

12-30-2009, 01:35 AM
I use them as well for those self same purposes.

I was just getting at the functions that this incorporates are a great feature for the simple fact of time saved.

I do tons of automotive electrical system troubleshooting on friend and customer cars. This tool, to me, would prove invaluable.

01-04-2010, 09:11 PM
I am definitely adding one of those to my list.

Sigh. So many things to buy still. Not enough money.

Next on the list---500$ mig welder....500$....damn i wish i made more money sometimes lol

06-12-2010, 12:50 AM
I have the power probe 1. :( about to get the 3 from usa tools on WED, the master kit goes for 239

06-12-2010, 01:10 AM
Master Kit for the PP3 is what I want to pick up as well.
The PP1 is still a GREAT tool :)

Hipster Lawrence
07-01-2010, 01:34 PM
I have the power probe 3. Great tool. I agree that a DVOM still has its place but you can do things with a power probe you can't do with a dvom.

You can start a car with a pp
You can put windows up and down with a pp
The list goes on and on.

IMO it's an indispensable tool. It does not replace a dvom it compliments it.

07-01-2010, 07:33 PM
Thanks Jesse :)
Most don't realize the scope of functions this little tool really has.
Makes it quite powerful!

07-02-2011, 05:55 PM
Have bought the pp3 from my snap on retailer 2 years ago and as an automotive technician back then i truly recomand it. Makes troubleshooting faster/easier and has really cool, simple to use features. A really cool toy...