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Equus Products, Inc.

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My review of four products from Equus Products, Inc.

Equus Products, Inc
by Vince Ciulla

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Equus Products, Inc

I'm always on the look out for good quality tools at a reasonable price. There is nothing worse, or more frustrating, than a cheap tool that breaks the first time you use it. Recently I received four tools from Equus Products, Inc that I believe are good quality tools for a reasonable price. They are:

3100 - OBD-II Code Reader $174.99

3145 - Digital Ford Code Reader $39.99

3640 - Fuel Injection Pressure Tester $42.99

3660 - Hand Vacuum Pump & Brake Bleeding Kit $43.99

I put these tools through a four month test in the shop to see how well they worked and how well they held up.

First the code readers. The 3100 OBD II Code Reader is designed to work on all OBD II compliant vehicles. All 1996 and newer vehicles (cars and light trucks) sold in the United States are OBD II compliant. Federal law requires that all 1996 and newer cars and light trucks sold in the United States must be OBD II compliant; this includes all Domestic, Asian and European vehicles.

The 3145 - Digital Ford Code Reader is for 1981 to 1995 Ford cars and trucks and tests Ford EEC-IV and MCU systems.

The way I judged ease of use is by using it without reading the users manual. I pick it up, plug it in and start using it. Of course if all else fails, RTFM.

The 3100 was very easy to use. I just plugged it in, pressed the LINK button and there it was! It gave me the current codes and also pending codes. Pending codes are codes to computer stores until the criteria needed to turn on the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) are met. So you can actually check for a problem that may not be a problem yet.

The 3100 will also display any freeze frame data stored so you can see what happened at the time a code was set. It will also check the vehicle to see if it will pass an emissions test.

There are some features missing that a more expensive code reader would have, but all in all it is a very nice tool and more than worth the $174.99 price tag. The fact that it does all OBD-II vehicles means that it is worth the investment since you will be able to use it on any vehicle. I recommend this one go into your tool box.

3100 - OBD-II Code Reader

The next code reader we tested was the 3145 Digital Ford Code Reader. This is strictly a code reader. But since Ford codes can be a pain in the rear end to extract, this reader makes the job so much easier.

All you have to do is plug it into the test connector under the hood and turn the key on. It displays the code and all you have to do is look it up in the book that comes with it. I would really have liked to seen an extension cord for the test connector with this. They do offer it as an accessory however.

Equus Products, Inc also offers specific code readers for GM, Chrysler, Ford, Asian Imports and European Imports as well.

The next product we tested was the 3660 - Hand Vacuum Pump & Brake Bleeding Kit. What can I say? There are so many vacuum operated devices on today's vehicles that a hand vacuum pump is a definite must have. And this tool performed flawlessly.

First thing I did was to clamp a short piece of vacuum line on the end with a plug and pumped it up to full vacuum. Then I let it sit over night and it lost only one inch of vacuum. That's pretty good for a tool of this type.

3660 - Hand Vacuum Pump and Brake Bleeding Kit

I was able to apply vacuum to HVAC door motors, EGR valves and emission system purge valves and check for proper operation. It also doubles as a vacuum gauge to check vacuum supplies and engine vacuum for performance testing.

We also used it for bleeding brakes. This is handy for those who don't have an extra body to pump brakes and I was able to keep the gas guy at the pumps instead of up in the air. It is also important to note that some ABS systems can only be, correctly, bled with vacuum. Really a good tool for the price.

The final tool we tested was the 3640 - Fuel Injection Pressure Tester. If you are even thinking about doing any diagnostics on your fuel system, you will need a fuel pressure tester.

This fuel pressure tester comes with every adapter to test just about anything with four wheels. The only thing it won't test are diesel fuel systems which was disappointing to me.

3640 - Fuel Injection
Pressure Tester

Setup is quick and easy and it comes with a reference book that tells you what adapters to use on what fuel systems. I installed it in tandem with the fuel pressure tester I was currently using and they both matched exactly.

The nicest thing about these four tools is that they are priced to be affordable to any DIY. They would make a great addition to your tool box and will make repairing your vehicles quick, easy and accurate.

Equus 3145 Digital Ford Code Reader

Equus Innova OBD II Code Reader - Model# 3100

Equus 3660 Hand Vacuum Pump and Brake Bleeding Kit

Equus 3640 Fuel Injection Pressure Tester

Equus Products, Inc.
17291 Mt. Herrmann Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Phone: 714-241-6800
Fax: 714-432-7910

Additional Information provided courtesy of and Warranty Direct
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