The ability to read and interpret data from various automotive sensors and devices is essential for the safe operation of a vehicle. This is why many manufacturers have invested heavily in developing high-quality vehicle information management systems (VIDS) that give customers a full view of what their vehicle is doing via data from various sensors and devices. With the help of a dedicated OBD system (Onboard Diagnostics), you can detect many issues that your vehicle got, issues that are related to the computer system, emissions control system, and anything that impact the overall performance of your engine.
Two types of devices can read the OBD codes, OBD code readers and scan tools, OPD readers are capable of reading trouble codes and doing basic scanning, while the OBD scanners are capable of doing much more complex scanning and troubleshooting. However, the cost varies a lot between them as the scanning tools are much more expensive, and also using them is not as easy as using the readers.
You can use an OBDII reader for all cars and light trucks built in the United States after January 1, 1996, this device enables us to tap into all the data that is stored in the vehicle and help us figure out what issues our vehicle is facing.
Now that you know what an OBD reader is let’s talk about how to use one, the process is fairly simple you just have to follow these simple steps:
1- if your car is older than 1996 then an OBD-II is not what you need, you need an OBD-I.
2- turn off your engine and locate your vehicle’s diagnostic link connector (DLC).
3- plug the end of the OBD reader in it and then put your vehicle in idle mode while the engine is still off.
4- the device is on now. Some readers require you to put your vehicle identification number (VIN), if you don’t know what your VIN code is you can usually find it in the sticker near the driver’s door.
5- navigate your way and find the trouble code in the device, now for the codes and you can learn what each code means, or if you don’t want to you can just google it and find what it means for your specific vehicle.
6- now that you know what the code means and what the problem with your vehicle is, now it’s time to fix it, the problem could be something as simple as a loose gas cap, and with that kind of problem, you can just do it by yourself and go back to the reader and clear the code which will cause your check engine light to go off.
However, if you don’t know how to fix the problem or don’t have the tools then clearing the trouble code is not advised because you could end up in a lot of trouble, so you should consider taking your vehicles to get it checked by professionals.
If you find yourself in such a situation don’t hesitate to visit our shop nandnautoservice to get your vehicle checked and repaired by our team of experts.