How to use an OBD-II or OBD2 code scanner and auto diagnostic tool
Don’t you hate it when that check engine or service light comes on your car? Most people think that means it’s time to take the car to car dealer and that means it’s going to result in an expensive repair. This is not usually the case. Nine times out of 10 the reason why your service light or check engine light comes on is for routine maintenance that could be as simple as an oil change. And you don’t need to go to your car dealer to have an oil change. You can go anywhere you want or even do-it-yourself.
Car manufacturers, however, have put these missed the little programs in your car’s computer nowadays were it automatically pops up a check engine or service engine warning on your car whenever they think that you should go and get a routine oil change or service. This is because it drives more people back to the car dealer which results in more expensive repairs and many times more unnecessary repairs that results in more money to the car dealer and to the manufacture of the parts.
Well, you can nowadays easily purchase and OBD-II (also referred to as OBD2) scanner that you can easily hook up yourself to your car and figure out exactly what is going wrong with it or if it’s just an old change or something like that that needs to be done or updated. Many oil change places will not update or clear out your computer so that it knows that you had to roll changed at all. This can then easily result in an erroneous code popping up on your dashboard.
Once you have purchased any OBDII code scanner (the much all fall the same directions or instructions) you basically turn off the car and apply the parking brake. Then you connect your OBD2 scanner to the cars data Link connector which is usually under the dash. Turn on the OBD-II scanner and turn the ignition key to the on position. Then you press the read button on the code scanner. The OBD-II scanner will then retrieve all data from the vehicles computer.
Now, you can select the trouble codes on the screen of your scanner to see what is really wrong with your vehicle. Some scanners are more advanced and will actually tell you what the trouble codes are and others will just give you the codes and you have a separate book where you will look up these codes to find out what is wrong with your vehicle. If you’ve just had your oil changed and they were unable to reset or erase the trouble code that’s popping up the service light or check engine light on your car you can actually easily erase this with most OBD2 scanners.
All OBD2 code scanners come with a user manual build a more in depth than this and you can actually track the performance and output of your engine and vehicle. You can get your VIN number and other pertinant data right from the code scanner. So now you know how to erase erroneous codes so they don’t annoy you on your dashboard. And you aren’t limited to just the car dealer for service. At $50-$100 OBD two scanners are definitely well worth having.
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