Review – Creader 6001 OBD2 Scanner

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September 7, 2017 by quirkyuncle@gmail.com

The Creader 6001 OBD2 Scanner extends the function of a basic OBD2 reader. It adds features for enhanced vehicle testing and the ability to record diagnostic information for later analysis and upload to your computer. The scanner also has function keys for easier feature navigation.


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Overview

The Creader 6001 OBD2 Scanner has extended testing features beyond those found in a basic OBD2 scan tool, allowing more advanced diagnosis of automotive problems that might have triggered the check engine light.

The Creader 6001 lets you: scan codes, clear codes, and monitor vehicle operation. It reads both the generic diagnostic codes used by all OBD2 compliant vehicles and some codes that are manufacturer specific. The Creader 6001 can also help you determine if your vehicle is ready for emissions testing and if it will pass the test based on information stored by your vehicle’s onboard computer.

Extended features of the Creader 6001 allow specific tests of the oxygen (O2) sensor, evaporative emissions system, and several other OBD2 supported tests of vehicle systems. The recording feature allows you to capture diagnostic and operating information for review after the reader is disconnected from your vehicle. This recorded data can also be uploaded to a computer via a USB cable.

The Creader 6001 provides comprehensive reference information about each diagnostic code, allowing you to determine the exact cause of a problem and order the correct parts. Using the information the scanner provides, you can look up more information about the diagnostic codes online for additional details about a specific code for your vehicle.

The Creader 6001 also allows you to clear the trouble codes, to see if have you fixed a problem.

Note: Clearing codes will not fix a problem unless you have done the appropriate corrective action. Clearing codes sets a flag in your vehicle’s computer that will prevent the car from passing emissions tests until the computer recalibrates. You will need to drive the vehicle a certain distance after clearing a code to make sure that no problem codes appear.

You can order a Creader 6001 from Amazon.com.


Features

The Creader 6001 OBD2 Scanner supports the following features:

  • Reads OBD2 and selected manufacturer diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs), both stored and pending
  • Clears DTCs from the vehicle’s computer
  • Monitors vehicle operation and reads vehicle information
  • Determines readiness for emissions testing
  • Enhanced testing of vehicle systems and components, including the emissions systems
  • Diagnostic data recording and upload to a computer
  • Provides DTC search and reference
  • Online update of diagnostic information
  • Multinational support (language and units)


Preparing for first use

The Creader 6001 works straight out of the box. The scanner is fully functional with no need to register or update it.

If you want to update the software program and diagnostic code information in your Creader 6001 to the latest level, follow the instructions in Launch Creader 6001 Language Change Process (this document includes a link to download the update tool).

The serial number and registration code for your Creader 6001 are shown on the screen when the scanner is connected to USB power. The scanner must remain connected to your computer until the update is complete.

6001 update

Note: Creader 6001 update requires a computer running the Windows operating system that has a USB port.


Using the scanner

All functions other than Diagnose, Record M.., and the upper function keys can be used when the Creader 6001 is connected to the USB port of a computer or to a USB power source, such as a cellphone charger. This allows the Creader 6001 to be used when disconnected from the OBD2 port on your vehicle, so you can research problems that have been detected and learn more about using the scanning tool. Press the BACK (EXIT) key to access scanner functions after connection to USB power.

Scanner controls:

All Creader 6001 functions are controlled using the keypad.

6001 keypad

The arrow navigation pad let you scroll through content displayed on the screen and make selections. The other six keys let you perform specific functions:

Enter key
The OK key confirms a selection.
Back key
The BACK key moves you back one level.
DTC key
The DTC key provides direct access to the DTC reference listings (Help menu DTC Lookup option). This key is only active during an active connection to a vehicle OBD2 port, although you can still access the DTC listings while on USB power from the Help menu.
ER key
The ER key provides direct access to the erase code function (Diagnose menu Erase Codes option). This key is only active during an active connection to a vehicle OBD2 port.
I/M key
The I/M key provides direct access to the emission test readiness function (Diagnose menu I/M Readiness option). This key is only active during an active connection to a vehicle OBD2 port.
? key
The ? key provides additional hints, when supported, based on the current mode of scanner operation.

At the bottom of some scanner screens, the buttons are shown indicating the keys that are available for use – keys shown in BLACK are currently functional, keys shown in GREY or missing are currently disabled.

Note: If the Creader 6001 does not start when connected to USB power or to an OBD2 port, press the BACK key.

To use the scanner

  1. Connect the Creader 6001 cable to the OBD2 port on your vehicle. This connector is usually under the dashboard on the driver’s side and might be behind an access panel. The following photograph shows the OBD2 connector for a 2007 BMW Z4 (E85). It is behind an access panel on the far left side of the lower dashboard.

    OBD2 connector
  2. Turn on the vehicle. The Creader 6001 receives power as soon it is physically connected to the OBD2 port on your vehicle, but cannot establish communication until the vehicle is turned on. You can read codes with the key in the run position (engine off), but the car must be running to monitor vehicle operation.
    6001 start
  3. Select the desired Creader 6001 function from those described below.

Navigation and feature descriptions

Operating the Creader 6001 is simple and the menus are easy to navigate. The main menu presents four choices.

6001 main menu

To select a menu item, select it using the arrow navigation pad; then press OK. Press the BACK key to return to the main menu. Each menu choice is described below.

Diagnose

Diagnose menu features are only active during an active connection to a vehicle OBD2 port.

Selecting this option initiates a data connection to your vehicle. There are several communications protocols used by OBD2. The Creader 6001 will attempt each method until a connection is established. If the scanner is unable to connect, a message will be displayed with additional instructions.

6001 connecting

A monitor status screen is shown after the connection established, showing general information. The most important information on this screen are: MIL status which displays the condition of the check engine light and DTCs in this ECU which indicates the number of trouble codes that have been detected.

6001 status

Press OK to view the diagnostic menu.

6001 diagnostic menu

  • Read Codes

    Displays any fault codes that are stored or pending for your vehicle. (Pending codes will eventually become stored codes, if the problem continues.)

    To view information about DTCs detected by your scanner, see the Help menu DTC Lookup option.

  • Erase Codes
    Clears all emissions and diagnostic codes. Clearing codes alone will not fix a problem. Clearing codes will also set a flag in your vehicle’s computer that will prevent it from passing emissions tests until the system recalibrates.
  • I/M Readiness

    Indicates whether the vehicle is ready for emissions testing.

    • Since DTCs cleared

      Measurements made since DTC codes were last cleared. If the vehicle has not been driven far enough for it to recalibrate, INC will be shown for parameters that require additional information. The vehicle must be driven until these items indicate OK. The distance is typically 50 miles or 30 minutes of operation.

    • This Drive Cycle

      Measurements made since the last time the ignition key was turned on.

  • Data Stream

    Provides real-time monitoring of vehicle sensors and function.

    • View All Items

      Shows readings for all monitored items.

    • Select Items

      Allows you to select the specific sensors and functions you want to view, generating a shorter list that is easier to navigate. Use the UP/DOWN arrows to highlight an item, press OK to select, and press BACK to see the list of selected items.

    • View Graphic Items

      Allows selection of a single item to monitor over time in graphical form, allowing changes to be visually monitored. Use the UP/DOWN arrows to highlight an item, press OK to select, and press BACK to see the graph for the selected item.

      The following photo shows an example of a graphical data stream.

      6001 graphical data stream

  • Freeze Frame

    For vehicles that support this function, the Creader 6001 captures a snapshot in time of vehicle operating parameters for later analysis.

  • O2 Sensor Test

    Performs several types of test for each oxygen (O2) sensor installed in the vehicle (if supported by your vehicle).

  • On-Board Monitoring

    Performs specific tests for supported systems and components. For information about the specific test types, see Help menu About Datastream option.

  • Evap System (mode $8)

    Performs leak tests for the vehicle’s evaporative emissions system (if supported by your vehicle). For information about the evaporative emissions system test, see Help menu About Datastream option.

  • Vehicle Information

    Displays your vehicle identification number (VIN) and calibration IDs.

Record M..

The OBDII Review Data (Record M..) menu allows you to review diagnostic data that you previously recorded using the Settings menu Record Mode option. These features are only available if information was previously recorded. The menu has the following options:

  • Review DTC

    Allows you to display detected DTCs from previously recorded scans. Selections are listed by vehicle VIN and a sequence number that identifies the order in which the scans were originally taken.

    The following photo shows an example of recorded scan selections.

    6001 review DTC selection

  • Review Datastream

    Allows you to display data streams from previously recorded scans. Selections are listed by vehicle VIN and a sequence number that identifies the order in which the scans were originally taken.

    The following photo shows an example of a recorded data stream.

    6001 review datastream

  • Review Freeze Frame

    Allows you to display freeze frames from previously recorded scans. Selections are listed by vehicle VIN and a sequence number that identifies the order in which the scans were originally taken.

  • Delete DTC Data

    Allows you to delete all detected DTCs from previously recorded scans.

  • Delete Datastream

    Allows you to delete all data streams from previously recorded scans.

  • Delete Freeze Frame

    Allows you to delete all freeze frames from previously recorded scans.

  • Upload Record

    Allows you to transfer previously recorded scan data to a computer via a USB connection. Selections are listed by vehicle VIN and a sequence number that identifies the order in which the scans were originally taken.

    Note: Creader 6001 data upload requires a USB connection to a computer running the Windows operating system that has the Creader update tool installed. See Preparing for first use for information about obtaining and installing this tool.

  • Settings

    The Tool Setup (Settings) menu has the following options:

    • Language

      Selects the language to be used by your OBD2 scanner.

    • Units of measure

      Selects the units of measure (english/metric) to be used by your OBD2 scanner.

    • Record Mode

      Allows you to turn the data recording feature of the scanner on and off. Press OK to toggle the selection, followed by the BACK key to confirm. An X indicates that recording is off. A check mark indicates that recording is on. (You can record data only when the scanner is connected to a vehicle OBD2 port with a data connection to the vehicle established.)

      The following photo shows the recording feature toggled to on.

      6001 record on

      The following photo shows the green dot on the lower edge of the display which indicates that recording is on.

      6001 record on indicator

      The following photo shows that recording is enabled when in the Diagnostic screens.

      6001 record on indicator 2

    • Beeper

      Allows you to turn the key-press beeper on the scanner on and off. Press OK to toggle the selection. An X indicates that the beeper is off. A check mark indicates that the beeper is on.

    Help

    The Help menu has the following options:

    • About OBD
      • What is OBD?

        Discusses what OBD is and how it works.

      • OBD-II Modes

        Discusses all of the OBD2 operating modes and the information that each mode provides.

      • Vehicle Coverage

        Discusses which vehicles are covered by OBD2 and a bit of OBD history.

    • About Datastream

      Provides detailed information about the 49 different data streams that the scanner can monitor.

    • Tool Information

      Lists the hardware and software versions of your OBD2 scanner, the serial number and registration code for your scanner, and the URL where you can access support information on the internet.

    • DTC Lookup

      Using the arrow navigation pad, input a trouble code to look up; then, press OK. If the diagnostic code is specific to a manufacturer, you will be asked to select a manufacturer from the list to get further information.

      6001 dtc lookup

    • Service Information

      Lists the email address where you can address service inquiries for your OBD2 scanner.


    Impressions

    The Creader 6001 is a nice OBD2 scanner. It is easy to use and provides some more advanced features typically found only in higher-priced units. The ability to record data for later review is a great feature, especially when researching repairs and ordering parts.


    Conclusion

    The Creader 6001 is a worthwhile purchase if you need more than a basic OBD2 scanner. The extra cost for its more advanced features is worth the difference and should make you consider its purchase even if you only need scanner with basic functions. Owning this tool will quickly offset its cost.

    You can order a Creader 6001 from Amazon.com.

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