Questions tagged [obd-ii]

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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Identifying faulty O2 sensor with scan tool

I have a 2002 Toyota Corolla (engine 1zz-de) and I am trying to get to the bottom of a p0171 code. I've read from other posts that a faulty O2 sensor could cause the lean condition, so I have been ...
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control car's steering angle from linux

I'm trying to send steering wheel angle commands to my car. It's a fairly recent car (Renault Espace IV). I'm using an OBD2 port to access it, and I also have a ShieldCan. I managed to read data from ...
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OBD2 and CAN-bus

Do all vehicles with OBD2 have a CAN-bus? Otherwise, what are the alternative buses used? Are there special versions of the buses for trucks and school-buses than for cars/suv/vans?
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How can I access the output of my backup camera?

My 2016 Subaru Forester has a backup camera. First I've ever had, and very neat. Of course, it engages the screen when I put the car in reverse, and shuts off in other gears. I've been reading about ...
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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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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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What is supposed to happen when my Subaru's test mode connector is hooked up?

There's an electrical connector under the dash of my 2000 Subaru Forester that is apparently instrumental in the diagnosis of some OBD-II trouble codes. It's a pair of bladed terminals like any other ...
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Decoding VW Airbag DTC from elm327

I am using PuTTY (similar to HyperTerminal) and elm 327 (OBD Link LX) on my VW Polo 2015 model to read Airbag DTCs. Command sent: AT SH 715 Received: OK Command sent: AT CRA 77F ...
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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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OBD Accessory External Power Supply

I recently purchased the Zubie Car Hotspot from Verizon that connects to the OBD port on a car. I have mine connected to the Tesla Model X, unfortunately I need the connection to remain always on but ...
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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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OBD-II difference between signal ground and chassis ground

Am planning to install a carputer (Raspberry Pi) in a 2005 Ford Mondeo, replacing the car stereo. The Quadlock connector to the stereo apparently includes CAN bus, so I am thinking I will get a USB ...
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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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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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Cannot Access ABS-control-unit with ODB2-adapter

I have an ODB2-Bluetooth-Adapter(link) to access the ODB-Protocol with my android-smartphone. It is basically working. The app that I use ("Torque") can connect to the ECU, shows me different values ...
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Reading OBD2 too fast

I'm writing a software to make a telemetry application for my 2001 VW Golf mk4 reading parameters from OBD2 using an ELM327 compatible cable. I succeeded so far. The problem that I have now, is that ...
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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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Is it worth getting an OBD2 scanning tool?

I have a Opel Corsa 1999 B type. It is giving me problems now. I have read a little bit about OBD2 scanning tools. But don't know if one could help me, or that I am maybe hoping for too much. I ...
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What is the point of a vacuum pump with a fuel injection engine?

I recently got an OBD-II dongle with the Torque Android app, which allows me to read the computer's output in real time. The app will let me drag and drop different gauges on my screen, which works ...
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OBD-II reader/scan tool that can also diagnose air bag light

Is there an OBD-II reader/scan tool that can also diagnose air bag warning light? My 2004 Honda Element EX has a red air bag warning light that recently has turned on. The nearest Honda dealer wants $...
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How to view error codes on a speedometer with no OBD reader?

I have a 2000 Dodge Neon and don't have a real OBD reader yet. The other day I started to turn my car on and, before I got to the ignition the speedometer came on with a "p" and a "1684" (the check ...
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OBD II Scanner refuses to communicate with the vehicle!

All the fuses check out All the relays check out Could I have a faulty ignition switch? Or an open somewhere? How do I go about troubleshooting this? It cycles through all the protocols, finds ...
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1989 Chevy Scottsdale 2500 HD 5.7 liter 350

I have just finished a body off restoration of my 1989 Chevrolet Scottsdale 2500 HD. My question, is there an OBDI or OBDII or do I need a adapter to scan it? Even if I rebuilt the engine and ...
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Vehicle parameters available on OBD2 port

The vehicle parameters (PIDs) that are available on the OBD2 port of a vehicle are quite limited. And also they vary from vehicle to vehicle - both the count and parameter set itself. Have two ...
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Relation of VIN of a car with emission norms of a country it is sold

A VIN of a car determines the country of manufacture. So if a car has a VIN of Canada (CARB emission standard) and is sold in India (BS-IV emission standard), will the car comply with BS-IV standards? ...
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How to calculate fuel consumption and CO2 emission on flex fuel cars using OBDII data?

Here is the thing: I'm trying to estimate the fuel consumption of cars using OBDII data. It's quite simple if we can treat each fuel and its stoichiometric air fuel ratio separately, but when it turns ...
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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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On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) Readiness Monitors

I would like to know how does apps like Torque calculate if my car (Hyundai i10 Era) is 'Not ready' yet? What are the factors (complete list) do one checks to decide? Is there any formula to calculate ...
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How to interface with obd ii elm327?

Do I have to buy this in order to get all the PIDs and the full instruction set for communicating with the car's obd ii interface via an ELM327? I tried looking for some kind of api for the ELM327 ...
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How read/calculate the amount of consumed fuel estimated for a travel?

I read some Question like that but the best that i found is to fill the tank and read how many km you can do with that tank and register it. But i'm developing an application that read information ...
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OBD2 Mode 9 Calibration ID and Numbers

What is the actual use of the OBD2 Mode 9 Calibration ID (0904) and Calibration Numbers (0906)? Are they constant or do they change? If so, under which circumstances? I have read the standard, but I'...
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What does the ECU use the long term fuel trim for?

I have a 2001 Honda Prelude SH (Honda H22A4 engine). I was trying to determine how the reported short/long term fuel trims fit in to the fuel control loop (in particular I was wondering if the long ...
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DIY OBD II “Memory saver”

Since I had a need for a "memory saver" while changing a battery on a 05' S500 I decided that instead of borrowing one from a friend all the time, I will make my own.. Now isn't it just a power supply ...
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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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Engine lean issues

Vehicle is a 2006 Ford Courier, started having hesitation/loss of power after fill up at a gas station that I'd never been to before. I depend on it for transport so I'm forced to still drive it, ...
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Difference between FMS and OBD

What is the difference between FMS and OBD. Whether OBD is a standard or protocol. Recently I am working on a GPS device to tap the CAN bus in order to integrate with our fleet management system. In ...
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Find all modules supported in my car

I own a Mahindra Scorpio S10 (2015 model) and want to find out what modules are there in my car (ECM, TCM, Body Control Module, Suspension control module etc.) using an ELM 327 Bluetooth device. Can ...
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What does it take to program a used ECU?

I own a Mazda MPV 2000 with a faulty ECU. The vehicle has an immobilizer. It will not start with the former ECU. It floods the engine with fuel. After extensive diagnostics on the vehicle and the ...
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OBD or CAN - what's mandatory (EU and US)

First of all, I've already tried to do my research and tried to get all the info I'm asking for myself (which obviously didn't work). I want to know if CAN or OBD(-II) are in fact mandatory in the US ...
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Retrieving handbrake status light and reverse light from OBD II

I have a project to replace my car's instrument panel with a Android tablet. So I'm developing an application that communicates with an ELM327 device through bluetooth. I have managed to successfully ...
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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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Subaru Forester OBD Scan Codes “P0130” and “P0130 P”

My 2002 Forester Check Engine light is on. I connected an Autel MaxiScan MS300 OBD-II scan tool and got indication for two codes. Browsing through the codes, it reads P0130 and P0130 P. The first one ...
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Measuring Honking through OBD

This is probably too simple question for this forum but would appreciate your help anyways. I was wondering if I buy and connect a OBD port to my car and is successful in collecting data, would there ...
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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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OBD2 to bluetooth adaptor for 2001 Renault?

I have a 2001 Renault Clio 2 1.6 16V (French made) and I'm looking for a OBD2 to bluetooth adaptor to read computer's parameters. There are MANY available with all price ranges, but I'm not sure what ...
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What data are logged, at which frequency, and what is the size of the log?

Is there a way, for a given car model, without physical access to a car of this exact model, to find what data are logged, what is the frequency at which they are logged, what the size of the log is, ...
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OBD MIL commanded status and DTC stored

OBD-II Mode 01 PID 0 gives commanded MIL on (bit A7, see link) and Number of confirmed emissions-related DTCs (bit A6-A0, see link). I did hit Mode 01 PID 01 on a few cars but got surprising results. ...
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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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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 power, ...
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Developing an OBD2 application - Engine Warning Lights

I am currently developing an application which retrieves diagnostic trouble codes from my car's OBD system and display any DTCs in a list. However, as my car has no trouble codes I am unable to test ...