Does My Car Have the OBD2 Connector?

There has been recently a lot of speculation with regard to pollution levels and the rising number of cars on the road each day. However one thing that helps to mar all such criticisms is the On-Board Diagnostic system that has effectively helped to curb all emission related problems. The main objective of the OBD II Connector is to help the vehicle driver to recognize the efficiency of the emission control systems and the general health of the vehicle as well.

You must have surely heard about how important OBD2 connectors are for your car’s efficient emission control system and general health as well. However, you may not be sure about how to ensure that your car has been fitted with one. All cars and light trucks built and sold in America after January 1, 1996 have this equipment installed. Yet it is always necessary that you be aware about its presence in your vehicle.

This is quite a simple task and you can easily inspect to find out for yourself whether or not your car has OBD2. There are two things you can check up on to ensure that your vehicle is conforming OBD2 standards. First, you can easily reveal the OBD2 connector quite near to the steering wheel which you have access to without the use of any tools. Secondly, there will be also a note on the sticker or nameplate below the hood with the writing “OBD2 Compliant”.

The OBD2 port’s physical connector is what we know as the Data Link Connector (DLC). This 16-pin plug helps you to detect the error codes and decode them using a scan device. Usually located in clear access to the driver, one pin on the connector directly relates to the power from the car’s battery. This is required to ensure that the driver can read the OBD2 without the aid of batteries or any external power source. Each of the pins serves a specific purpose and the car manufacturers choose different pins for different functions.

With the evolvement of cars, so has the OBD2 evolved! The new age OBD2 Connectors are designed keeping in mind the present requirements of the automotive service and testing market. The solid brass pins are advancement over the crimp pin connectors. They outdo the earlier ones and the latest solid brass OBD2 connector pins do not bend, break or deform. In other words, they promise better connection and also promise no damage to the OBD2 connector in your car.