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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How do I get to see my Mode 06 in OBDii

Mode 06 in OBD2 is good to get an insight of what faults the car might encounter in the future. But I am unable to find out what command should I send to get Mode 06 data. It has TID$01 CID$01, so how ...
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Mode 02 - Freeze frame data use

I got some data on sending 0202 command (Mode $02, PID 02). It is the freeze frame data. I don't understand why does anyone need the data? Do anyone (including mechanics) ever open Freeze frame data? ...
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My 2005 Honda Accord with OBD codes: 0507 and 0011. Howto Troubleshoot

The check engine light came on very recently with two error codes being thrown. From this source, the following will cause 0507 P0507 HONDA - Idle Control System RPM Higher Than Expected A vacuum ...
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What are good features to look for in an OBD-II reader

I recently took my car in for the engine light. It turned out to be a minor problem (crack in gas cap let water in). It would be nice to have a low-cost OBD-II reader to be able to find out for ...
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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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Is it Possible to Control Lights through OBD-II Port?

Is it possible to use a car's onboard diagnostic port to toggle the headlights, interior lights, or parking lights? If not through the OBD-II port, how would I go about remotely toggling the lights on ...
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Writing CAN Messages

I want to know what should I write with the CAN ID to send it to ECU. I am using ELM327 and Raspberry Pi with all connections to OBD-II. Initially for sending general PIDs to the ECU through ELM327 ...
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Detect AC(on/off) and Window(open/close) of CAR using OBD

Is there any way to detect AC(air conditioner) and Window(open/close) using OBD? I am putting links below for the OBD reader but I am unable to find any way to detect the AC(air conditioner) and ...
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Can I use an OBD2 Scan Tool on older GM vehicle?

I can get an adapter that connects my OBD2 scan tool to my 12 pin GM scan tool connection. But will the tool be able to read the codes and tell me anything useful? Or do I need to get a scan tool that ...
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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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How can I calculate MPG using an OBD-II Device

OBD-II provide following readings Mass Air Flow (PID 0166) Fuel–Air commanded equivalence ratio (0144) Can these be used to calculate the actual fuel consumed? Is the output correct?
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(Mandatory in the EU) CAN through OBD-II?

I know that in the US, since 2008 vehicles must have a CAN connection on the OBD-II plug, but what about Europe? Do vehicles have to add CAN to the OBD-II plug? Or is it possible to directly send ...
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Ford Focus 2008 Error code: P2585-61

I own a Ford Focus 2008 1.6 TDCI. Recently I filled the DPF Additive tank with EOLYS Fluid but I couldn't regenerate and reset the values that day, so I drove to my home. Following day, I went to ...
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Mahindra KUV 100 and Suzuki Alto OBD protocol

Can someone please tell me the OBD-II protocol of Mahindra KUV 100 (diesel) and Suzuki Alto (diesel). Also whether ELM 327 Bluetooth will work? ...
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Disabling OBD2-Interface in a car

If a car-thief wants to steal a modern car, he often uses the OBD2 (On Board diagnosis) to "hack" the car. Simplified: He achieves this by plugging his "hacking device" in the port, which aquieres ...
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Toyota Fortuner OBD2 protocol

I used an ELM 327 and Torque app in one of my friend's Toyota Fortuner (2012 model), but didn't get correct data. Rpm was nil, Air intake temperature was negative, Load was constant at 6.66667%. After ...
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What does it mean when the ELM327 OBD2-reader gives two lines of info for 0100 request?

I have an ELM327-based OBD2 reader that I can issue commands to when connected to a car. I'm running this on a 2015 Acura RDX. When I issue the request 0100 to get supported mode 1 PIDs, I get the ...
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Nitro OBD2 SCAM OR WORK?

I was looking into general car stuff like storage and lights the general stuff. I ran into a device called a "nitro OBD2" they have one to save fuel one to generate more power and stuff. Looking into ...
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Need explanation on Commanded EGR and ethanol%

There are 2 PIDs listed in this Wiki page - Commanded EGR and ethanol%. I have tried getting the values from some cars but have not succeeded. I am curious to know what do these 2 PIDs mean? Can ...
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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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What OBDII protocol does a 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander use?

I was trying to help out a friend with an intermittent stalling issue, but the OBD Fusion app could not connect to it via my ELM327 Wi-Fi adapter. The protocol setting was set to "Automatic", which I ...
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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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Stopping distance of a car

I want to calculate the stopping distance of a car from an OBD2 device. Say, I am driving at 30 kmph and apply my brakes hard. My car will skid and stop at a distance "x" meters from that point. This ...
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BMW E90: Professional Radio (Alpine CD73) USB Adapter won't work

I bought an USB Adapter which emulates a CD Charger. The port wasn't used yet. When I plugged my battery the Radio worked, but I couldn't find the CD charger /USB in my radio source menu. Do I have to ...
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Erratic single fault code: P0420, P0440, P0446. Normal variance, or indicative of something deeper?

Working on diagnosing an evap/emission/fuel system problem on my Toyota 2003 Corolla. More on that in this question. On 3/2, I saw a mechanic use his handheld OBD to read a code P0420. On 3/12, ...
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2005 hyundai elantra error code p0501

So my 05 Hyundai Elantra has the check engine light on. I took it to the store & had them put the code reader on & it comes up with p0501 vehicle speed sensor performance. My question. . is ...
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obtaining Remaining Fuel Level from a 2004 VW Polo (Mk4)

If I have a 2004 VW Polo and this uses a K-Line Bus (I think), how can I retrieve the fuel Level in the tank if the information is not made available as part of one of the standard OBDII PIDs (I think ...
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What is SAE 0x15 Short Term Fuel Trim Bank 1 Sensor 2?

I was taking a look at a neighbor's car, and noticed this PID stuck at 99.22% This is in addition to the regular STFT PID 0x06 which is staying fairly close to zero most of the time. What is this ...
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Car OBD protocol?

I would like to connect OBD2 GPS device in my cars. OBD2 connector support limited OBD protocols. I can't find which protocols present in my cars. So i just want to know what protocol is present in my ...
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Is it possible to access multiple CAN buses through the OBD-II port?

As usual I apologize if this has been asked and answered somewhere. I try to only ask questions if I can't find an answer or a satisfactory answer. From my understanding the OBD-II port on vehicles ...
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Can we determine the Cleaning Requirement of Air Filter Using OBD

Many a times, the dealer guy says that the unclean air filter consumes more fuel as compared to clean. So, my question is, is this really related to air filter? If yes, can we determine the case using ...
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How to calculate Car “Distance Till Empty” without knowing the fuel level

I've Renault Duster RxZ. I would like to calculate the DTE(Distance till Empty) which is based on the "how much fuel the car has" and the "mileage of the car" ? Currently the OBD doesn't return ...
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Is Torque App reliable to read O2 sensor data?

My 2006 Toyota Prius is throwing code P0420 and I used a cheap OBD-II reader with Torque App on Android to check if my O2 sensors are working or not. I tried the maintenance mode to just run the ...
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Calculate current drain from the battery in a drive

Control module voltage is one of the OBD PID. It signifies the car battery voltage. Is there any way to calculate how much current is drawn in a drive (say 7 km from my office to home). The voltage ...
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Difference between fuel pressure and fuel rail pressure

In OBD PID wiki page, there are 2 PIDs listed: Fuel pressure and Fuel rail pressure. Are both of them the same? Can someone please give an elaborate explanation of it - What exactly are they ...
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Engine Temperature from OBD data

Engine Coolant temperature is obtained from OBD. But there is no PID to get engine temperature. Obviously, they are related, rather proportional I guess. But can there be a case where my engine is ...
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OBD 2 Fuel reading says No Data

I wanted to read fuel level from the car and display it on my application. The communication was established using the ELM327 Bluetooth interface dongle. The ELM module replies NO DATA for the code ...
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Difference between OBDII and CAN

What is CAN (controller area network)? What are the differences between an OBD-II protocol and a CAN setup?` How do I use an OBD-II scanner on a vehicle with CAN?
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Can the throttle position be high during idle

I used an OBD to get data from one of my friend's car - Volkswagen Polo 1.5L Diesel. But the car was idling at around 900 rpm, while the throttle position I got was around 22%. How is it possible? As ...
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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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Expose Car Hardware information

I am looking for way via which i can access my car information when it is running like speed,acceleration,gear information,oil information,etc . My Car details : Hyundai Verma : Model 2006 , Manual ...
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OBDII ELM 327 Bluetooth adapter - is it reliable? [closed]

I got myself such a bluetooth adapter for my car, because the display on the radio stopped working, and I wanted to see if it will show up any errors. There are even apps for Android that work with ...
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Are there any plans to update OBD-II?

OBD-II is ancient It predates the Porsche 911 GT1, Windows 95 and implementation of the Schengen Agreement. I would have thought that SAE would be working to add more diagnostic coverage for ...
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ATMA on OBDII not Working

I have successfully connected a terminal android app to the obd port of my car. And tried dry run of many at commands, many are working as expected. But ATMA (AT command to Monitor All) is not ...
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Computing Wheel Torque From Engine Torque

It seems possible to obtain engine torque and RPM from a truck CAN bus. I'd like to estimate tractive force at the wheels given these two values. How should I go about computing torque at the wheels? ...
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What is the motorcycle equivalent of OBD-II?

I once met an OBD-II expert while traveling and asked him if motorcycles (especially the fuel-injected ones) employ a similar protocol. He said that the use of such a protocol is not as widespread ...
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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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Wheel alignment from OBD parameters

Can I calculate wheel alignment from OBD parameters. Car is Hyundai i10, and it doesn't give any Steering Alignment/ Steering Position data. The only method to check the alignment is to let the car ...
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Calculating AFR using injector flow rate and mass air flow

Is injector flow rate = Mass fuel flow? If so then AFR = MAF/Injector flow rate. Can someone please confirm this?
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Auxiliary input status and Auxiliary input / output supported OBD2 PID

I want to know what does Auxiliary input status (PID 1E) and Auxiliary input / output supported (PID 65) OBD2 PID mean. Do they tell me whether my car is in the Aux mode (while I am listening to the ...