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Onboard Diagnostics II (OBD-II) is a standardized system that onboard computers in cars and trucks use for self-diagnostics and reporting. This system grew out of California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations, and it was implemented with specifications that were developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
The DLC ( Data Link Connector or Diagnostic Link Connector) is the standardized 16-Cavity Connector where diagnostic code readers/scanners interface with the vehicle's on-board computer. The DLC is usually located 12 inches from the CENTRE/EXIT of the instrument panel (dash), under or around the driver's side for most vehicles.
Locate the Data Link Connector (DLC) in your vehicle. This is a somewhat triangular shaped 16-pin connector that is commonly located underneath the left hand side of the dash near the steering column. If you have trouble locating the DLC, search for the location on the internet using your car’s model and year, or refer to the owner’s manual.
Insert the scan tool connector (SMART CAR SCANNER). Turn your ignition on, but do not start your engine. You will see the scanner begin to communicate with the onboard computers in your vehicle. Messages like "searching for protocol" and "establishing data transmission link" may appear on the scanner's screen.
Will the Car Scanner Device work with my Car?Our Car Scanning Devices supports all cars manufactured from 1996 to Date as long as your car comes with the 16 Cavity Connector Pin Usually placed around the driver area of your car. My Car is in the year range specified for Car Scanner Device (1996 - To Date) But?
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