“Taking Advantage” Of A Vintage Snap-On Vantage Diagnostic Tool

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Taking Advantage” Of A Vintage Snap-On Vantage Diagnostic Tool:

The Snap-on Diagnostics Vantage v5.0 Power Graphing Meter MT2400 w/ KV Module


In many of Paul “Scanner” Danner and his Brother Caleb’s YouTube Repair Videos, I’ve noticed that they use their Snap-On Graphing Multi-Meter (it has a Two Channel Oscilloscope Feature, too) for any number of Diagnostic and Component Checks and I thought,

Hmmmmm… I wonder if there are any of these available over on eBay?’

So I bounced over there and sure enough, there WERE… However… some of them were either INOP or sported Incomplete or Damaged Components and most were asking WAY TOO MUCH in their price ranges.

But I kept at it ...and found ONE COMPLETE KIT that not only had the OEM Unit… it also would come with the working KV Clamped Add-On Section attached that is so necessary for doing Coil On Plug High Voltage Diagnostics. It ALSO would come with the Modular RAM-ROM Card as Version 5 out of the 8 Updated Software Versions Snap-On had created before finally discontinuing this Device.

I noted that the Version Issuance Date was the Year 2002. This was an important consideration, since I own a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer AND since these Meters were very much in vogue (and VERY Expensive) as far back as the early 1990s, I did NOT want to Tear a Thousand Dollar Bill in Half and wind up getting a Snap-On Vantage Kit that would NOT have ALL of the features it touted and actually loaded into-onto the RAM Chips of that Damned ROM Card. Well.. So Far So Good!

NEXT UP … I bounced over to make a quick check on YouTube and re-visit most of the “ScannerDanner” Videos where he and his Brother Caleb had also used this Vantage Meter… and What Do You Know! ... There was THIS Cool Video from “Crazy Ivan” … The Man From PHAD (Pine Hollow Auto Diagnostics) performing an In-Depth Look at an INOP Snap-On Vantage Model# MT2400 Graphing Meter and THAT is what finally SOLD me that this eBay Offer would be One Great Buy:

From “Crazy Ivan” a Hands-On Bench Top Review:

Diagnosing COP Ignition:

Repairing the Vantage Meter with a Power Off Issue:

Repairing the Vantage Meter with a NO Turn On Issue:

Troubleshooting a No Start Issue with the Vantage Meter:

Here are some Images of the Kit that I finally 'Pulled The Pin' on and Got:

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***It would be very nice if there was a separate category or sub-listing for Diagnostics Tools that like these do, would focus on threads covering Oscilloscopes, their Accessory Attachments and Use other High End Diagnostic Meters in Kits like THIS one.***
 

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Other than the Snap-On Full Color Probe Cable Set coming from Overseas... eBay Shipped just me this Kit in Record Time and this Gear was very thoughtfully packed, too.

By the way... THIS Graphing Meter-Device Runs Very Sweet (It Functions PERFECTLY, actually) on a Pair of Standard "D" Cell Batteries... :>)

Here are the "Un-Boxing" Images:

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EVERYTHING Necessary (including Extra High End Accessories NOT with the Basic Graphing Meter) is all present and accounted for in this Kit... and it ALL Works!



"Whoever has The Best Automotive Diagnostics Tools and Gear... Before He DIES... WINS!" -=The Automotive Master... Sun Tzu =-
 

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After discovering that the Two, Aging in-dwelling Dura-Cell "D" Size Batteries were of the "Old" Design (Smooth Copper Upper Jacket... Lines Free) I decided to order a New Pack of Batteries (With a 10 Year Shelf Life) and Replace them.

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THIS is how the job gets done in just a few minutes:

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And If you are just now getting a "Good Bargain" on your own purchase of Used Snap-On MT2400 Graphing Multi-Meter Kit and have NOT checked into this issue yet, be advised that in cases where some of these Snap-On Units may have been left sitting on a shelf somewhere for too long with the Old Chemical Batteries inside... then the Coil Spring Ground Connection inside of the Meter may have simply Dissolved and Rusted Away.

But Not to Worry though, for just as Paul "Scanner" Danner managed to easily Re-Solder in the Metal Positive (+) Flat Plate at the opposite end inside of the Battery Section after his came loose from the Logic Board, THIS Dude shows how to dis-assemble this Snap-On MT2400 Meter and then perform the repair on the Lost Negative Coil of Wire:


And (Finally...*Whew*) ...

If you wind up getting this Amazing Meter and the LCD Screen FAILS to Work or is Cracked, Damaged or Inoperative… Don’t Despair… IT is STILL available on eBay for Under $200.00 as follows in the Listings that include the Seiko Industries White Paper, a Product Video with a ‘catchy tune’ and other imagery, proving that this indispensable component can ALSO get replaced if needs be:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2544043850...=0&customid=link&campid=&toolid=20001&mkevt=1

https://www.elecok.com/data_sheet/422480/SII_G121C_LCD_G121C(EN).pdf

https://www.elecok.com/sii-g121c-lcd-g121c.html

 

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