OBD Port Location
If you purchased a car after 1996, chances are it has an OBD-II (On-board diagnostics II) port. Every car or truck on the road manufactured after 1996 is legally mandated to have one installed.
OBD-II is an on-board computer that monitors emissions, mileage, speed, and other data about your car. It’s connected to the Check Engine light, which illuminates when the computer detects a problem.
The OBD-II on-board computer features a 16-pin port located under the driver’s side dash. It allows a mechanic or anyone else to read the error code using a special scan tool.
What can be hooked up to the OBD II port?
Traditionally, a mechanic would hook up a scan tool to the port to read the DTC. However, in recent years, there are more advanced tools available for people who can easily connect to cars ECU (Engine Control Unit) and make changes. Therefore comes up a risk for your car to be stolen thru OBD port.
Where I can find OBD II port?
Your car’s OBD-II Port should be located in one of the three areas highlighted below. The most common location is in section 3 below, which is just left of the steering wheel and underneath your dashboard.
Some vehicle’s OBDII Port might be located behind a latch or contain a protective cover. You should not have to do anything more than open it up to reveal the OBDII port.
Remember: The OBDII port is designed to be easily accessible by every auto manufacturer.