On-Board Diagnostics-II (OBD-II). Questions usually involve scan tools, their use and their compatibility, as well as how to interpret Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs).

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Calculate tyre pressure of a car from OBD parameters

I want to calculate the tyre pressure of a car from OBD parameters. I don't want to take TPMS or any custom PID for this. One of the indirect method is the calculate: ((w_LF + w_RR) - (w_RF + w_LR)) ...
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Can a universal catalytic converter be legally fitted to my Prius in California?

My 2006 Toyota Prius with 280k miles is throwing the P0420 code, which means that it (probably) needs a new catalytic converter. I live in California, which makes life much more difficult to replace a ...
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Getting MIL on a Dodge Grand Caravan 2012 without an OBD device

I have a dodge grand caravan 2012 and yesterday, the check engine light went on. I know there's usually a way to get the error codes without an OBD device... I was able to do this on my old caravan ...
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Calculate car battery life using OBD parameters

I want to calculate the battery life of a car based upon OBD2 parameters like engine load, distance traveled, Control Module voltage etc. Can anyone please guide me as to how to do this? If ...
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OBD-II reader has power but shows nothing

My check engine light is on, the car ran out of battery and after jumping it, it is running kind of poorly, idling rough, etc. I plugged in the OBD-II scanner/reader, and it "has power" (green ...
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OBD II power when key not in ignition

I can't get to the OBD connector on my car at the moment. As far as I know the OBD II voltage is active even when the key is in lock. Can anyone confirm this? edit : It's for a product that ...
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Detect engine stumble or hesitation

I want to know if I can detect my engine is having hesitation/stumble problem from an OBD. I mean not from any fault codes, but from the parameters obtained from the OBD. e.g. calculate the obtained ...
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Received frames from vehicles with multiple ECU chips

I'm not generally a 'car person', so hopefully I can explain this well enough to get some help here: When sending messages to an OBD-II device, I receive one response in most cars I've tested. ...
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Formula to calculate emission rates

OBD tells whether I have passed the emission test or not. I want to know the formula by which it calculates the rate of CO, NOx, HC emission from my car and compares it with some set threshold value ...
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BMW E90: Coming Home automatically on darkness

I have a BMW E90 ( pre- facelift ) with light package . Currently my car is set so that the " Coming Home " function can by pressing the headlight flasher is switched off, press at ignition . My ...
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Android App for ELM 327 that allows to reset codes for Cadillac CTS

On my Cadillac I get engine light to come up because I have changed my petrol cap and sensor is malfunctioning. I got myself wifi ELM 327 OBD-2 reader, and by using my laptop I managed to get RPM of ...
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How can I tell if I would benefit from higher octane fuel?

Given the number of variables involved in whether an engine will knock on a given fuel in a given environment: How can an end user determine whether the engine is retarding timing due to fuel octane? ...
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Any open-source OBD scanner analysis tools?

I've been having some weird problems with my '06 Pontiac G6, and finally broke down and bought a Bosch code scanner to see if the DTCs could tell me anything... they didn't. This scanner has the ...
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Read error codes without scanner on Pontiac G6

I've read certain vehicles may begin flashing their check engine light if one bridges the diagnostic plug correctly with some wire before starting the vehicle. How does one do this for a Pontiac G6? ...
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Do car manufacturers provide specific make/model/year information for each diagnostic-trouble-code?

Recently my car's check-engine light came on, I used a car OBDII port code reader to get the diagnostic-trouble-code (DTC) and then I googled what the DTC meant. I noticed that lots of the websites ...
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OBD2 to USB Cable for Windows 10

One could put an argument that this question is about software and not mechanics, however now-days everything is computerized (including cars and their diagnostic tools) so I believe this question ...
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Is OBD-II a universal standard?

I'm following this guide: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-fix-your-check-engine-light/?ALLSTEPS According to this website an OBD-II reader will work with my 53 Vauxall Zafira, but I want to be ...
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Interpreting ABS/DSC fault code

I have an ABS, DSC and handbrake warning light (the latter telling me it's likely from one of the rear wheels) on my BMW E46 320d from 2001. The warning used to be intermittent (it would go away, then ...
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What is the drive cycle for OBD-II equipped GM vehicles?

As the title states, what do I have to do to get through the drive cycle for OBD-II equipped GM vehicles?
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ECU signals to CAN bus

What methods or ideas are out there that can match or change an SR20det ECU's signals or codes in order for a newer CAN bus system to read, for example, the power steering to work as well as the ...
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How can one calculate volumetric efficiency without a MAF sensor?

I am completely new in the field of OBD2 sensor; I am looking for a method (or a formula) to calculate Volumetric Efficiency of: Diesel Car Petrol Car which do not have a MAF sensor. Can anyone ...
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Cleaning the gas cap to rule out that tightness is the cause of the “check engine” light

The gas cap on my 2003 Pontiac Vibe used to make a slight sound of "pssstt..", the sound of some air either entering or exiting from the tank as I was opening the cap. Two months ago, the gas cap ...
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What OBD II protocol does the 2004 Ford Explorer?

Does the 2004 Explorer use J1850 or some other protocol ? Is there a way to extract codes by jumpering pins on the OBD connector ? Thanks
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How is barometric pressure related to emissions testing?

In the VW emissions cheating scandal, news reports say the following: According to the EPA, "the position of the steering wheel, vehicle speed, the duration of the engine's operation, and barometric ...
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ODB2 Fuel Level 2004 Chrysler Town & Country

I am wondering if anyone knows if a 2004 Chrysler Town & Country supports Fuel Level over ODB2. I have been unable to find a list of which vehicles do/don't support this. Thanks.
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Error MIL: off Spark ignition

I checked my OBD2 sensor and it shows on DTC that message. Along with P0171 system too lean on my Mazda 3. I put in an injen intake and that was 3 years ago. The check engine light came on 3 months ...
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what does the highend OBD2 scanner offer?

I just want to clear some misconceptions that i have about the obd2 scanning tools : Is the difference between the high/low-end scanners is the software only? Do the highend use more connection ...
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Maruti Suzuki Swift Check Engine Light On And Engine Coolant Temperature Needle stay at 'C'

My Swift VXI has developed a condition. I have started to see the check-engine light on and the Engine Coolant Temperature Needle stays at 'C' after starting the engine. Engine gives a growling sound. ...
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Quick Oil Change place overfilled my BMW Z3

Just got this car, a BMW Z3 3.0 from a Tampa dealer and have not even had it 10 days and Check Engine Light came on. I wanted to get the oil changed to full synthetic just in case it wasn't and ...
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Acceleration problem, but only immediately after stopping

Symptoms: The following applies mainly when accelerating from zero speed at 1st gear in RPM below 2500. Above that RPM range, there is no problem (then acceleration is assisted by turbo-compressor). ...
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Integrating Fast OBD Readings and GPS

I'm working on a project to look at fuel consumption on different roads and I need the OBD reader to log the GPS coordinates every time it takes a reading. I'm looking at instantaneous fuel ...
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Do any generic OBD tools provide re-keying OBD Key? [closed]

It seems the rekeying mechanisms use OBD II. Here is an example of one. Do any generic OBD II Diagnostic and Key Code Clearing tools support this rekeying functionality via OBD Key? Preferably one ...
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Can a vehicle be harmed with bad inputs via an OBD-2 port?

I bought a cheap (sub $10) ELM 327 Bluetooth clone OBD-2 diagnostic adapter on a local "ebay-style" market where the seller specializes in car diagnostics and has several thousand positive reviews ...
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linking a phone to a car via OBD-II and Bluetooth: Automatic (1st gen) in Europe [closed]

I am relocating to Europe soon, and I'm pretty sure my new car would have OBD-II. Why is Automatic adamant their current product is for the US only? Is it a regulatory issue, or something technical ...
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Unable to connect OBD2 scan tool

Cheerz, I have purchased recently OBD2 scan tool(Autel MaxiScan MS300) which supports ISO9141. My car (Mitsubishi Lancer GLX 1.3 1999) seems like ODB2 compatible using ISO9141-2 protocol for ...
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VW Golf IV Possible Engine Misfire

I guess I better start with a few details on the car in question: VW Golf IV 20 valve V5 petrol engine (2.3L) ~80k miles on the clock Now the problem, it feels to me as if the car is down on ...
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Live scan tool for OBD 1.5 GM transitional?

1995 S-10 Blazer 4.3L Vortec V6 (vin W) with Powertrain Control Module (PCM) 1995 was the OBD transitional year for GM. The PCM itself is OBDI, but the interface connector has the 16-pin D-style ...
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Read steering angle data in real time

I need to read vehicle steering angle (front wheel angle) data in real time for a research project that I am involved in. How can I achieve that? What HW and SW do I need for it? So far I can think ...
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Read vehicle speed data in real time

I need to read vehicle speed (velocity) data in real time for my research project. How can I achieve that? What HW and SW do I need for it? I guess it can be read from CAN bus via OBD2 interface? I ...
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Replacing Cam Position Sensor; any gotchas?

I have a 2007 Nissan Murano. My Check Engine light is telling me that the cam position sensor (bank 1) is bad. I've located the sensors, and they are both readily available and easy to get to. Is ...
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How to extract data from ODBII?

I bought a EvZ Mini Interface Works on Android Torque Bluetooth Obd2/obdii Car Diagnostic Scanner (Mini), a PWOW® WIFI Wireless OBD2, OBDII Car Auto Diagnostic Scanner Adapter Reader, ELM327 for ...
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CAN Bus action list

I have an ELM327 Bluetooth, which I'm linking to ubuntu powered PC. My end goal is to install a raspberry pi into the car and have it automate things like automatically opening the roof and locking ...
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Calculating MPG from MAP sensor (or converting MAP data to MAF data)

My 2002 Honda Accord V6 has a Manifold Absolute Pressure sensor (MAP). I understand that this sensor gives out information in pressure units (psi or equivalent). After doing a bit of research, I ...
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Failed inspection on because of OBD2 readiness

My 2008 Hyundai failed inspection because the OBD-II system is in a "not ready" state. The mechanic asked if my battery had died recently. It had, after getting an alignment. He suggested driving on ...
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Oxygen sensor PID for 2004 Toyota Camry 4-cyl

My 2004 Toyota Camry with 170k miles is pulling a P0420 code, which I've read can be due to a bad catalytic converter or O2 sensors. I have an OBD-II tool with the DashCommand app on my iPhone. ...
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How do I get the most out of a “smart” OBDII scanner?

I recently purchased an OBDII scanner that allows me to read and log data using my tablet. How do I get the most out of this device? I am already familiar with simply reading the trouble codes to ...
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Can OBD-II be used to control the vehicle?

Is the OBD-II port in vehicles only used for reading diagnostic codes or is there some functionality that allows the vehicle (eg. engine revving) to be controlled through OBD-II? Thanks.
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ODIS 5.0.6 diagnostic tool : how can I remove an option from a transformed vehicle?

We have a transformed car, a Bentley, which no longer has a motorized sunroof. The blind has also gone. However the car diagnostics exhibits a fault on the related, non-present devices and motors. We ...
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How to add a new transponder / key to a Daihatsu immobiliser

How can I add a new key to a Daihatsu immobiliser? The key I have has a Texas 4C transponder, and is used in the Daihatsu Copen and Daihatsu YRV (to name just two).
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P0420 in a Prius

EDIT #2: I rescanned, looking at the correct data, and found the rear O2 sensor was definitely bouncing up and down with the forward sensor's lambda reading. Since I have looked for leaks and ...