Owner`s Manual
®
Innova Electronics Corp.
17291 Mt. Herrmann Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Printed in Taiwan
Instruction MRP #93-0036 Rev. D
Copyright © 2008 IEC. All Rights Reserved.
PRODUCT DESIGN & COPYRIGHT
© 2008
Table of Contents
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INTRODUCTION
WHAT IS OBD? ........................................................................
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YOU CAN DO IT! ..............................................................................
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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
SAFETY FIRST! ........................................................................
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ABOUT THE CODE READER
VEHICLES COVERED .............................................................
BATTERY REPLACEMENT .....................................................
ADJUSTMENTS/SETTINGS AND DTC LIBRARY ..................
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CODE READER CONTROLS
CONTROLS AND INDICATORS .............................................
DISPLAY FUNCTIONS ............................................................
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ONBOARD DIAGNOSTICS
COMPUTER ENGINE CONTROLS .........................................
DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTCs) ..............................
OBD2 MONITORS ....................................................................
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PREPARATION FOR TESTING
PRELIMINARY VEHICLE DIAGNOSTIC WORKSHEET .........
BEFORE YOU BEGIN ..............................................................
VEHICLE SERVICE MANUALS ...............................................
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USING THE CODE READER
CODE RETRIEVAL PROCEDURE ..........................................
THE ENHANCED MAIN MENU ...............................................
VIEWING ABS DTCs ...............................................................
VIEWING ENHANCED DTCs ..................................................
VIEWING VEHICLE INFORMATION .......................................
ERASING DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTCs) .............
I/M READINESS TESTING ......................................................
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GLOSSARY
INTRODUCTION .......................................................................
GLOSSARY OF TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS ...................
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WARRANTY AND SERVICING
LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY ..........................................
SERVICE PROCEDURES .......................................................
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OBD2
Introduction
WHAT IS OBD?
WHAT IS OBD?
The Enhanced OBD2 Code Reader is designed to work on all OBD2
compliant vehicles. All 1996 and newer vehicles (cars, light trucks
and SUVs) sold in the United States are OBD2 compliant.
One of the most exciting improvements in the
automobile industry was the addition of onboard diagnostics (OBD) on vehicles, or in more
basic terms, the computer that activates the
vehicle’s “CHECK ENGINE” light. OBD1 was
designed to monitor manufacturer-specific
systems on vehicles built from 1981 to 1995.
Then came the development of OBD2, which is
on all 1996 and newer vehicles sold in the U.S. Like its predecessor,
OBD2 was adopted as part of a government mandate to lower vehicle
emissions. But what makes OBD2 unique is its universal application for
all late model cars and trucks - domestic and import. This sophisticated
program in the vehicle’s main computer system is designed to detect
failures in a range of systems, and can be accessed through a universal
OBD2 port, which is usually found under the dashboard. For all OBD
systems, if a problem is found, the computer turns on the “CHECK
ENGINE” light to warn the driver, and sets a Diagnostic Trouble Code
(DTC) to identify where the problem occurred. A special diagnostic tool,
such as the Enhanced OBD2 Code Reader, is required to retrieve these
codes, which consumers and professionals use as a starting point for
repairs.
The Enhanced OBD2 Code Reader provides the additional ability to
retrieve enhanced data from most Chrysler/Jeep, Ford/Mazda,
GM/Izusu, Honda/Acura and Toyota/Lexus vehicles, as well as AntiLock Brake System (ABS) DTCs and vehicle information. The types of
enhanced data available depends on the vehicle make.
To learn more about vehicle Computer Control Systems and
OBD2, see COMPUTER ENGINE CONTROLS on page 14.
OBD2
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You Can Do It!
EASY TO USE - EASY TO VIEW - EASY TO DEFINE
Easy To Use . . . .
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Connect the Code Reader to the
vehicle’s test connector.
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Turn the ignition key "On.”
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Press the LINK button.
Easy To View . . . .
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The Code Reader retrieves stored
codes, Freeze Frame data and I/M
Readiness status.
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Codes, I/M Readiness status and
Freeze Frame data are displayed on the
Code Reader’s LCD display screen.
System status is indicated by LED
indicators.
Easy To Define . . . .
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Read code definitions from the Code
Reader’s LCD display.
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View Freeze Frame data.
OBD2
Safety Precautions
SAFETY FIRST!
SAFETY FIRST!
To avoid personal injury, instrument damage and/or
damage to your vehicle; do not use the OBD2 Code Reader
before reading this manual.
This manual describes common test procedures used
by experienced service technicians. Many test procedures
require precautions to avoid accidents that can result in
personal injury, and/or damage to your vehicle or test
equipment. Always read your vehicle's service manual and
follow its safety precautions before and during any test or
service procedure. ALWAYS observe the following general
safety precautions:
When an engine is running, it produces carbon monoxide,
a toxic and poisonous gas. To prevent serious injury or
death from carbon monoxide poisoning, operate the
vehicle ONLY in a well-ventilated area.
To protect your eyes from propelled objects as well as hot
or caustic liquids, always wear approved safety eye
protection.
When an engine is running, many parts (such as the
coolant fan, pulleys, fan belt etc.) turn at high speed. To
avoid serious injury, always be aware of moving parts.
Keep a safe distance from these parts as well as other
potentially moving objects.
Engine parts become very hot when the engine is running.
To prevent severe burns, avoid contact with hot engine
parts.
P RND L
Before starting an engine for testing or troubleshooting,
make sure the parking brake is engaged. Put the
transmission in park (for automatic transmission) or
neutral (for manual transmission). Block the drive wheels
with suitable blocks.
Connecting or disconnecting test equipment when the
ignition is ON can damage test equipment and the
vehicle's electronic components. Turn the ignition OFF
before connecting the Code Reader to or disconnecting
the Code Reader from the vehicle’s Data Link Connector
(DLC).
OBD2
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Safety Precautions
SAFETY FIRST!
To prevent damage to the on-board computer when taking
vehicle electrical measurements, always use a digital
multimeter with at least 10 megOhms of impedance.
Fuel and battery vapors are highly flammable. To prevent
an explosion, keep all sparks, heated items and open
flames away from the battery and fuel / fuel vapors. DO
NOT SMOKE NEAR THE VEHICLE DURING TESTING.
Don't wear loose clothing or jewelry when working on an
engine. Loose clothing can become caught in the fan,
pulleys, belts, etc. Jewelry is highly conductive, and can
cause a severe burn if it makes contact between a power
source and ground.
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OBD2
About the Code Reader
VEHICLES COVERED
VEHICLES COVERED
The Enhanced OBD2 Code Reader is designed to work on all OBD2
compliant vehicles. All 1996 and newer vehicles (cars and light trucks)
sold in the United States are OBD2 compliant.
Federal law requires that all 1996 and newer cars and light
trucks sold in the United States must be OBD2 compliant; this
includes all Domestic, Asian and European vehicles.
Some 1994 and 1995 vehicles are OBD2 compliant. To find out if a
1994 or 1995 vehicle is OBD2 compliant, check the following:
1. The Vehicle Emissions Control Information (VECI) Label. This
label is located under the hood or by the radiator of most vehicles. If
the vehicle is OBD2 compliant, the label will state “OBD II
Certified.”
VEHICLE EMISSION CONTROL INFORMATION
ENGINE FAMILY
DISPLACEMENT
VEHICLE
MANUFACTURER
EFN2.6YBT2BA
2.6L
OBD II
CERTIFIED
THIS VEHICLE CONFORMS TO U.S. EPA AND STATE
OF CALIFORNIA REGULATIONS APPLICABLE TO
1999 MODEL YEAR NEW TLEV PASSENGER CARS.
REFER TO SERVICE MANUAL FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
TUNE-UP CONDITIONS: NORMAL OPERATING ENGINE TEMPERATURE,
ACCESSORIES OFF, COOLING FAN OFF, TRANSMISSION IN NEUTRAL
EXHAUST EMISSIONS STANDARDS
CERTIFICATION
IN-USE
SPARK PLUG
TYPE NGK BPRE-11
GAP: 1.1MM
OBD II
CERTIFIED
STANDARD CATEGORY
TLEV
TLEV INTERMEDIATE
CATALYST
2. Government Regulations require that all
OBD2 compliant vehicles must have a
“common”
sixteen-pin
Data
Link
Connector (DLC).
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Some 1994 and 1995 vehicles have 16-pin connectors but are
not OBD2 compliant. Only those vehicles with a Vehicle
Emissions Control Label stating “OBD II Certified” are OBD2
compliant.
Data Link Connector (DLC) Location
The 16-pin DLC is usually
located under the instrument
panel (dash), within 12 inches
(300 mm) of center of the panel,
on the driver’s side of most
vehicles. It should be easily
accessible and visible from a
kneeling position outside the
vehicle with the door open.
OBD2
LEFT CORNER
OF DASH
NEAR
CENTER
OF DASH
BEHIND
ASHTRAY
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About the Code Reader
BATTERY REPLACEMENT / ADJUSTMENTS/SETTINGS AND DTC LIBRARY
On some Asian and European vehicles the DLC is located
behind the “ashtray” (the ashtray must be removed to access it)
or on the far left corner of the dash. If the DLC cannot be
located, consult the vehicle’s service manual for the location.
BATTERY REPLACEMENT
Replace batteries when the battery symbol
is visible on display
and/or the 3 LEDS are all lit and no other data is visible on screen.
1. Locate the battery cover on the back of the Code Reader.
2. Slide the battery cover off (use your fingers).
3. Replace batteries with three AA-size batteries (for longer life, use
Alkaline-type batteries).
4. Reinstall the battery cover on the back of the Code Reader.
Language Selection After Battery Installation
The first time the unit is turned on, you must select the desired display
language (English, French or Spanish) as follows:
1. Press and hold the POWER/LINK
button for approximately 3 seconds to
turn the Code Reader “ON.”
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The Select
displays.
Language
screen
2. Use the UP
and DOWN
buttons,
as necessary, to highlight the desired
display language.
3. When the desired display language is selected, press the
button to confirm your selection.
ENTER/FF
After the initial language selection is performed, it, as well as
other settings, can be changed as desired. Proceed to
“ADJUSTMENTS/SETTINGS AND DTC LIBRARY” below for
further instructions.
ADJUSTMENTS/SETTINGS AND DTC LIBRARY
The Code Reader lets you make several adjustments and settings to
configure the Code Reader to your particular needs. It also contains an
OBD2 DTC Library that allows you to search for DTC definitions. The
following functions, adjustments and settings can be performed when
the Code Reader is in “MENU Mode”:
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Adjust Brightness: Adjusts the brightness of the LCD display
screen.
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DTC Library: Lets you search the library of OBD2 DTC definitions.
OBD2
About the Code Reader
ADJUSTMENTS / SETTINGS AND DTC LIBRARY
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Select Language: Sets the display language for the Code Reader
to English, French or Spanish.
Unit of Measurement: Sets the Unit of Measurement for the Code
Reader’s display to USA or metric.
Adjustments and settings can be made only when the Code
Reader is NOT connected to a vehicle.
To enter the MENU Mode:
1. With the Code Reader OFF, press and
hold the UP
button, then press and
release the POWER/LINK
button.
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The adjustments and setting MENU
displays.
2. Release the UP
button.
DO NOT release the UP
button until the adjustments and
settings MENU is visible on the display.
3. Make adjustments and settings as described in the following
paragraphs.
Adjusting Display Brightness
1. Use the UP
and DOWN
buttons,
as necessary, to highlight Adjust
Brightness in the MENU, then press
the ENTER/FF
button.
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The Adjust Brightness screen displays.
The Brightness field shows the current brightness setting, from 0 to 43.
2. Press the UP
button to decrease the
brightness of the LCD display (make the
display darker).
3. Press the DOWN
button to increase
the brightness of the LCD display (make
the display lighter).
4. When the desired brightness is obtained, press the ENTER/FF
button to save your changes and return to the MENU.
Searching for a DTC Definition Using the
DTC Library
and DOWN
buttons,
1. Use the UP
as necessary, to highlight DTC Library
in the MENU, then press the ENTER/FF
button.
OBD2
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About the Code Reader
ADJUSTMENTS / SETTINGS AND DTC LIBRARY
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The Enter DTC screen displays. The screen shows the code
“P0001”, with the “P” flashing.
and DOWN
buttons,
2. Use the UP
as necessary, to scroll to the desired
DTC type (P=Powertrain, U=Network,
B=Body, C=Chassis), then press the
button.
DTC SCROLL
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The selected character displays “solid”,
and the next character begins flashing.
3. Select the remaining characters in the
DTC in the same way, pressing the DTC
SCROLL
button to confirm each
character. When you have selected all
the DTC characters, press the
ENTER/FF
button to view the DTC
definition.
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If you entered a “Generic” DTC
(DTCs that start with “P0”, “P2” and
some “P3”):
- The selected DTC and DTC
definition (if available), show on
the Code Reader’s LCD display.
If a definition for the DTC you entered is not available,
the “To Link” screen displays.
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If you entered a “ManufacturerSpecific” DTC (DTCs that start with
“P1” and some “P3”):
- The “Select Manufacturer” screen
displays.
- Use the UP
and DOWN
buttons, as necessary, to highlight
the appropriate manufacturer, then press the ENTER/FF
button to display the correct DTC for your vehicle.
If a definition for the DTC you
entered is not available, an
advisory message shows on the
CanOBD2 Code Reader’s display.
4. If you wish to view definitions for
additional DTCs, press the ENTER/FF
button to return to the DTC Library
screen, and repeat steps 2 and 3.
5. When all desired DTCs have been viewed, press the ERASE
button to exit the DTC Library.
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OBD2
About the Code Reader
ADJUSTMENTS / SETTINGS AND DTC LIBRARY
Selecting the Display Language
and DOWN
buttons,
1. Use the UP
as necessary, to highlight Select
Language in the MENU, then press the
ENTER/FF
button.
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The Select Language screen displays.
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The currently selected
Language is highlighted.
display
2. Press the UP
or DOWN
button,
as necessary, to highlight the desired
display language.
3. When the desired display language is highbutton to
lighted, press the ENTER/FF
save your changes and return to the MENU
(shown in the selected display language).
Setting the Unit of Measurement
and DOWN
buttons,
1. Use the UP
as necessary, to highlight Unit of
Measurement in the MENU, then press
the ENTER/FF
button.
2. Press the UP
or DOWN
button,
as necessary, to highlight the desired
Unit of Measurement.
3. When the desired Unit of Measurement
value is selected, press the ENTER/FF
button to save your changes.
Exiting the MENU Mode
and DOWN
buttons, as necessary, to highlight
1. Use the UP
Menu Exit in the MENU, then press the ENTER/FF
button.
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OBD2
The LCD display returns to the DTC screen (if data is currently
stored in the Code Reader’s memory) or the “To Link” screen (if
no data is stored).
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Code Reader Controls
CONTROLS AND INDICATORS
CONTROLS AND INDICATORS
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6
8
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1
3
2
4
5
Figure 1. Controls and Indicators
See Figure 1 for the locations of items 1 through 11, below.
1.
ERASE button - Erases Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs), and
“Freeze Frame” data from your vehicle’s computer, and resets
Monitor status.
2.
DTC SCROLL button - Displays the DTC View screen and/or
scrolls the LCD display to view DTCs when more than one DTC is
present.
3.
POWER/LINK button - When the Code Reader IS NOT
connected to a vehicle, turns the Code Reader “On” and “Off”.
When the Code Reader is connected to a vehicle, links the Code
Reader to the vehicle’s PCM to retrieve diagnostic data from the
computer’s memory.
To turn the Code Reader "On", you must press and hold the
POWER/LINK
button for approximately 3 seconds.
4.
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ENTER/FREEZE FRAME button - When in MENU mode,
confirms the selected option or value. When retrieving and viewing
DTCs, displays Freeze Frame data for the highest priority code.
OBD2
Code Reader Controls
CONTROLS AND INDICATORS
5.
DOWN button - When in MENU mode, scrolls DOWN through
the menu and submenu selection options. When retrieving and
viewing DTCs, scrolls down through the current display screen to
display any additional data.
6.
UP button - When in MENU mode, scrolls UP through the menu
and submenu selection options. When retrieving and viewing DTCs,
scrolls ups through the current display screen to display any
additional data.
7. GREEN LED - Indicates that all engine systems are running
normally (all Monitors on the vehicle are active and performing their
diagnostic testing, and no DTCs are present).
8. YELLOW LED - Indicates there is a possible problem. A “Pending”
DTC is present and/or some of the vehicle’s emission monitors have
not run their diagnostic testing.
9. RED LED - Indicates there is a problem in one or more of the
vehicle’s systems. The red LED is also used to show that DTC(s)
are present. DTCs are shown on the Code Reader’s LCD display. In
this case, the Multifunction Indicator (“Check Engine”) lamp on the
vehicle’s instrument panel will light steady on.
10. LCD Display - Displays settings Menu and submenus, test results,
Code Reader functions and Monitor status information. See
DISPLAY FUNCTIONS, on next page, for more details.
11. CABLE - Connects the Code Reader to the vehicle’s Data Link
Connector (DLC).
OBD2
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Code Reader Controls
DISPLAY FUNCTIONS
DISPLAY FUNCTIONS
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4
5
6
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16
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14
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10
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Figure 2. Display Functions
See Figure 2 for the locations of items 1 through 16, below.
1. I/M MONITOR STATUS field - Identifies the I/M Monitor status area.
2. Monitor icons - Indicate which Monitors are supported by the
vehicle under test, and whether or not the associated Monitor has
run its diagnostic testing (Monitor status). When a Monitor icon is
solid, it indicates that the associated Monitor has completed its
diagnostic testing. When a Monitor icon is flashing, it indicates that
the vehicle supports the associated Monitor, but the Monitor has not
yet run its diagnostic testing.
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3.
Vehicle icon - Indicates whether or not the Code Reader is
being properly powered through the vehicle’s Data Link Connector
(DLC). A visible icon indicates that the Code Reader is being
powered through the vehicle’s DLC connector.
4.
Link icon - Indicates whether or not the Code Reader is
communicating (linked) with the vehicle’s on-board computer. When
visible, the Code Reader is communicating with the computer. If the
Link icon is not visible, the Code Reader is not communicating with
the computer.
5.
Computer icon - When this icon is visible it indicates that the
Code Reader is linked to a personal computer. An optional “PC Link
Kit” is available that makes it possible to upload retrieved data to a
personal computer.
6.
Code Reader Internal Battery icon - When visible, indicates the
Code Reader batteries are “low” and should be replaced. If the
batteries are not replaced when the battery symbol is "on", all 3
LEDs will light up as a last resort indicator to warn you that the
batteries need replacement. No data will be displayed on screen
when all 3 LEDs are lit.
OBD2
Code Reader Controls
DISPLAY FUNCTIONS
7. DTC Display Area - Displays the Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC)
number. Each fault is assigned a code number that is specific to that
fault.
8. Test Data Display Area - Displays DTC definitions, Freeze Frame
data, and other pertinent test information messages.
9. FREEZE FRAME icon - Indicates that there is Freeze Frame data
from “Priority Code” (Code #1) stored in the vehicle’s computer
memory.
10. HISTORY icon - Indicates the currently displayed DTC is a “History”
code.
11. PENDING icon - Indicates the currently displayed DTC is a
“Pending” code.
12. MIL icon - Indicates the status of the Malfunction Indicator Lamp
(MIL). The MIL icon is visible only when a DTC has commanded the
MIL on the vehicle’s dashboard to light.
13. Code Number Sequence - The Code Reader assigns a sequence
number to each DTC that is present in the computer’s memory,
starting with “01.” This number indicates which code is currently
displayed. Code number “01” is always the highest priority code,
and the one for which “Freeze Frame” data has been stored.
If “01” is a “Pending” code, there may or may not be
“Freeze Frame” data stored in memory.
14. Code Enumerator - Indicates the total number of codes retrieved
from the vehicle’s computer.
15.
Generic DTC icon - When visible, indicates that the currently
displayed DTC is a “generic” or universal code.
16.
Manufacturer Specific DTC icon - When visible, indicates that
the currently displayed DTC is a Manufacturer Specific Code.
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Onboard Diagnostics
COMPUTER ENGINE CONTROLS
COMPUTER ENGINE CONTROLS
The Introduction of Electronic Engine Controls
Electronic Computer Control Systems make it possible
for vehicle manufacturers to comply with the tougher
emissions and fuel efficiency standards mandated by
State and Federal Governments.
As a result of increased air pollution (smog) in large cities,
such as Los Angeles, the California Air Resources Board
(CARB) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
set new regulations and air pollution standards to deal with
the problem. To further complicate matters, the energy crisis of
the early 1970s caused a sharp increase in fuel prices over a
short period. As a result, vehicle manufacturers were not only
required to comply with the new emissions standards, they also
had to make their vehicles more fuel-efficient. Most vehicles
were required to meet a miles-per-gallon (MPG) standard set by the U.S.
Federal Government.
Precise fuel delivery and spark timing are needed to reduce vehicle
emissions. Mechanical engine controls in use at the time (such as
ignition points, mechanical spark advance and the carburetor)
responded too slowly to driving conditions to properly control fuel
delivery and spark timing. This made it difficult for vehicle manufacturers
to meet the new standards.
A new Engine Control System had to be designed and integrated with
the engine controls to meet the stricter standards. The new system had
to:
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Respond instantly to supply the proper mixture of air and fuel for any
driving condition (idle, cruising, low-speed driving, high-speed
driving, etc.).
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Calculate instantly the best time to “ignite” the air/fuel mixture for
maximum engine efficiency.
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Perform both these tasks without affecting vehicle performance or
fuel economy.
Vehicle Computer Control Systems can perform millions of calculations
each second. This makes them an ideal substitute for the slower
mechanical engine controls. By switching from mechanical to electronic
engine controls, vehicle manufacturers are able to control fuel delivery
and spark timing more precisely. Some newer Computer Control
Systems also provide control over other vehicle functions, such as
transmission, brakes, charging, body, and suspension systems.
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OBD2
Onboard Diagnostics
COMPUTER ENGINE CONTROLS
The Basic Engine Computer Control System
The Computer Control System consists of an on-board
computer and several related control devices (sensors,
switches, and actuators).
The on-board computer is the heart of the Computer
Control System. The computer contains several programs
with preset reference values for air/fuel ratio, spark or
ignition timing, injector pulse width, engine speed, etc.
Separate values are provided for various driving conditions,
such as idle, low speed driving, high-speed driving, low load,
or high load. The preset reference values represent the ideal
air/fuel mixture, spark timing, transmission gear selection,
etc., for any driving condition. These values are programmed
by the vehicle manufacturer, and are specific to each vehicle model.
Most on-board computers are located inside the vehicle behind the dashboard,
under the passenger’s or driver’s seat, or behind the right kick panel. However,
some manufacturers may still position it in the engine compartment.
Vehicle sensors, switches, and actuators are located throughout the
engine, and are connected by electrical wiring to the on-board computer.
These devices include oxygen sensors, coolant temperature sensors,
throttle position sensors, fuel injectors, etc. Sensors and switches are
input devices. They provide signals representing current engine
operating conditions to the computer. Actuators are output devices. They
perform actions in response to commands received from the computer.
The on-board computer receives information inputs from sensors and
switches located throughout the engine. These devices monitor critical
engine conditions such as coolant temperature, engine speed, engine
load, throttle position, air/fuel ratio etc.
The computer compares the values received from these sensors with its
preset reference values, and makes corrective actions as needed so
that the sensor values always match the preset reference values for the
current driving condition. The computer makes adjustments by
commanding other devices such as the fuel injectors, idle air control,
EGR valve or Ignition Module to perform these actions.
TYPICAL COMPUTER
CONTROL SYSTEM
OUTPUT DEVICES
Fuel Injectors
Idle Air Control
EGR Valve
Ignition Module
On-Board
Computer
INPUT DEVICES
Coolant Temperature Sensor
Throttle Position Sensor
Fuel Injectors
OBD2
INPUT DEVICES
Oxygen Sensors
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Onboard Diagnostics
COMPUTER ENGINE CONTROLS
Vehicle operating conditions are constantly changing. The computer
continuously makes adjustments or corrections (especially to the air/fuel
mixture and spark timing) to keep all the engine systems operating
within the preset reference values.
On-Board Diagnostics - First Generation (OBD1)
With the exception of some 1994 and 1995 vehicles,
most vehicles from 1982 to 1995 are equipped with
some type of first generation On-Board Diagnostics.
Beginning in 1988, California’s Air Resources Board
(CARB), and later the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
required vehicle manufacturers to include a self-diagnostic
program in their on-board computers. The program would be
capable of identifying emissions-related faults in a system. The
first generation of Onboard Diagnostics came to be known as
OBD1.
OBD1 is a set of self-testing and diagnostic instructions
programmed into the vehicle’s on-board computer. The
programs are specifically designed to detect failures in the sensors,
actuators, switches and wiring of the various vehicle emissions-related
systems. If the computer detects a failure in any of these components or
systems, it lights an indicator on the dashboard to alert the driver. The
indicator lights only when an emissions-related problem is detected.
The computer also assigns a numeric code for each specific problem
that it detects, and stores these codes in its memory for later retrieval.
These codes can be retrieved from the computer’s memory with the use
of a “Code Reader” or a “Scan Tool.”
On-Board Diagnostics - Second Generation (OBD2)
In addition to performing all the
functions of the OBD1 System, the
The OBD2 System is
OBD2 System has been enhanced with
an enhancement of the
new Diagnostic Programs. These
OBD1 System.
programs closely monitor the functions
of various emissions-related components and systems (as well as other
systems) and make this information readily available (with
the proper equipment) to the technician for evaluation.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) conducted
studies on OBD1 equipped vehicles. The information that was
gathered from these studies showed the following:
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A large number of vehicles had deteriorating or degraded
emissions-related components. These components were
causing an increase in emissions.
OBD2
Onboard Diagnostics
COMPUTER ENGINE CONTROLS
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Because OBD1 systems only detect failed components, the
degraded components were not setting codes.
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Some emissions problems related to degraded components only
occur when the vehicle is being driven under a load. The emission
checks being conducted at the time were not performed under
simulated driving conditions. As a result, a significant number of
vehicles with degraded components were passing Emissions Tests.
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Codes, code definitions, diagnostic connectors, communication
protocols and emissions terminology were different for each
manufacturer. This caused confusion for the technicians working on
different make and model vehicles.
To address the problems made evident by this study, CARB and the
EPA passed new laws and standardization requirements. These laws
required that vehicle manufacturers to equip their new vehicles with
devices capable of meeting all of the new emissions standards and
regulations. It was also decided that an enhanced on-board diagnostic
system, capable of addressing all of these problems, was needed. This
new system is known as “On-Board Diagnostics Generation Two
(OBD2).” The primary objective of the OBD2 system is to comply with
the latest regulations and emissions standards established by CARB
and the EPA.
The Main Objectives of the OBD2 System are:
„
To detect degraded and/or failed emissions-related components or
systems that could cause tailpipe emissions to exceed by 1.5 times
the Federal Test Procedure (FTP) standard.
„
To expand emissions-related system monitoring. This includes a set
of computer run diagnostics called Monitors. Monitors perform
diagnostics and testing to verify that all emissions-related
components and/or systems are operating correctly and within the
manufacturer’s specifications.
„
To use a standardized Diagnostic Link Connector (DLC) in all
vehicles. (Before OBD2, DLCs were of different shapes and sizes.)
„
To standardize the code numbers, code definitions and language
used to describe faults. (Before OBD2, each vehicle manufacturer
used their own code numbers, code definitions and language to
describe the same faults.)
„
To expand the operation of the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL).
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To standardize communication procedures and protocols between
the diagnostic equipment (Scan Tools, Code Readers, etc.) and the
vehicle’s on-board computer.
OBD2 Terminology
The following terms and their definitions are related to OBD2 systems.
Read and reference this list as needed to aid in the understanding of
OBD2 systems.
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COMPUTER ENGINE CONTROLS
„
Powertrain Control Module (PCM) - The PCM is the OBD2
accepted term for the vehicle’s “on-board computer.” In addition
to controlling the engine management and emissions systems,
the PCM also participates in controlling the powertrain
(transmission) operation. Most PCMs also have the ability to
communicate with other computers on the vehicle (ABS, ride
control, body, etc.).
„
Monitor - Monitors are “diagnostic routines” programmed into the
PCM. The PCM utilizes these programs to run diagnostic tests, and
to monitor operation of the vehicle’s emissions-related components
or systems to ensure they are operating correctly and within the
vehicle’s manufacturer specifications. Currently, up to eleven
Monitors are used in OBD2 systems. Additional Monitors will be
added as the OBD2 system is further developed.
Not all vehicles support all eleven Monitors.
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Enabling Criteria - Each Monitor is designed to test and monitor
the operation of a specific part of the vehicle’s emissions system
(EGR system, oxygen sensor, catalytic converter, etc.). A specific
set of “conditions” or “driving procedures” must be met before the
computer can command a Monitor to run tests on its related system.
These “conditions” are known as “Enabling Criteria.” The
requirements and procedures vary for each Monitor. Some Monitors
only require the ignition key to be turned “On” for them to run and
complete their diagnostic testing. Others may require a set of
complex procedures, such as, starting the vehicle when cold,
bringing it to operating temperature, and driving the vehicle under
specific conditions before the Monitor can run and complete its
diagnostic testing.
„
Monitor Has/Has Not Run - The terms “Monitor has run” or
“Monitor has not run” are used throughout this manual. “Monitor
has run,” means the PCM has commanded a particular Monitor to
perform the required diagnostic testing on a system to ensure the
system is operating correctly (within factory specifications). The term
“Monitor has not run” means the PCM has not yet commanded a
particular Monitor to perform diagnostic testing on its associated part
of the emissions system.
„
Trip - A Trip for a particular Monitor requires that the vehicle is
being driven in such a way that all the required “Enabling Criteria”
for the Monitor to run and complete its diagnostic testing are met.
The “Trip Drive Cycle” for a particular Monitor begins when the
ignition key is turned “On.” It is successfully completed when all the
“Enabling Criteria” for the Monitor to run and complete its diagnostic
testing are met by the time the ignition key is turned “Off.” Since
each of the eleven monitors is designed to run diagnostics and
testing on a different part of the engine or emissions system, the
“Trip Drive Cycle” needed for each individual Monitor to run and
complete varies.
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DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTCs)
„
OBD2 Drive Cycle - An OBD2 Drive Cycle is an extended set of
driving procedures that takes into consideration the various types of
driving conditions encountered in real life. These conditions may
include starting the vehicle when it is cold, driving the vehicle at a
steady speed (cruising), accelerating, etc. An OBD2 Drive Cycle
begins when the ignition key is turned “On” (when cold) and ends
when the vehicle has been driven in such a way as to have all the
“Enabling Criteria” met for all its applicable Monitors. Only those
trips that provide the Enabling Criteria for all Monitors applicable to
the vehicle to run and complete their individual diagnostic tests
qualify as an OBD2 Drive Cycle. OBD2 Drive Cycle requirements
vary from one model of vehicle to another. Vehicle manufacturers
set these procedures. Consult your vehicle’s service manual for
OBD2 Drive Cycle procedures.
Do not confuse a “Trip” Drive Cycle with an OBD2 Drive Cycle.
A “Trip” Drive Cycle provides the “Enabling Criteria” for one
specific Monitor to run and complete its diagnostic testing. An
OBD2 Drive Cycle must meet the “Enabling Criteria” for all
Monitors on a particular vehicle to run and complete their
diagnostic testing.
„
Warm-up Cycle - Vehicle operation after an engine off period where
engine temperature rises at least 40°F (22°C) from its temperature
before starting, and reaches at least 160°F (70°C). The PCM uses
warm-up cycles as a counter to automatically erase a specific code
and related data from its memory. When no faults related to the
original problem are detected within a specified number of warm-up
cycles, the code is erased automatically.
DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTCs)
Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) are
Diagnostic Trouble
meant to guide you to the proper
service procedure in the vehicle’s
Codes (DTCs) are
service manual. DO NOT replace parts
codes that identify a
based only on DTCs without first
specific problem area.
consulting the vehicle’s service manual
for proper testing procedures for that
particular system, circuit or component.
DTCs are alphanumeric codes that are used to identify a
problem that is present in any of the systems that are
monitored by the on-board computer (PCM). Each trouble
code has an assigned message that identifies the circuit,
component or system area where the problem was found.
OBD2 diagnostic trouble codes are made up of five characters:
„
The 1st character is a letter. It identifies the “main system” where
the fault occurred (Body, Chassis, Powertrain, or Network).
„
The 2nd character is a numeric digit. It identifies the “type” of code
(Generic or Manufacturer-Specific).
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DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTCs)
Generic DTCs are codes that are used by all vehicle manufacturers. The standards for generic DTCs, as well as their
definitions, are set by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
Manufacturer-Specific DTCs are codes that are controlled by
the vehicle manufacturers. The Federal Government does not
require vehicle manufacturers to go beyond the standardized
generic DTCs in order to comply with the new OBD2 emissions
standards. However, manufacturers are free to expand beyond
the standardized codes to make their systems easier to
diagnose.
„
The 3rd character is a numeric digit. It identifies the specific
system or sub-system where the problem is located.
„
The 4th and 5th characters are numeric digits. They identify the
section of the system that is malfunctioning.
OBD2 DTC EXAMPLE
P0201 - Injector Circuit Malfunction, Cylinder 1
B
C
P
U
-
Body
Chassis
Powertrain
Network
0
1
2
3
-
Generic
Manufacturer Specific
Generic
Includes both Generic and Manufacturer
Specific Codes
P0201
Identifies the system where the
problem is located:
1 - Fuel and Air Metering
2 - Fuel and Air Metering (injector circuit
malfunction only)
3 - Ignition System or Misfire
4 - Auxiliary Emission Control System
5 - Vehicle Speed Control and Idle Control
System
6 - Computer Output Circuits
7 - Transmission
8 - Transmission
Identifies what section of the system
is malfunctioning
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DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTCs)
DTCs and MIL Status
When the vehicle’s on-board computer detects
a failure in an emissions-related component or
system, the computer’s internal diagnostic
program assigns a diagnostic trouble code
(DTC) that points to the system (and subsystem)
where the fault was found. The diagnostic
program saves the code in the computer’s
memory. It records a “Freeze Frame” of conditions present when the fault was found, and lights the Malfunction
Indicator Lamp (MIL). Some faults require detection for two trips in a row
before the MIL is turned on.
The “Malfunction Indicator Lamp” (MIL) is the accepted term
used to describe the lamp on the dashboard that lights to warn
the driver that an emissions-related fault has been found.
Some manufacturers may still call this lamp a “Check Engine”
or “Service Engine Soon” light.
There are two types of DTCs used for emissions-related faults: Type “A”
and Type “B.” Type “A” codes are “One-Trip” codes; Type “B” DTCs are
usually Two-Trip DTCs.
When a Type “A” DTC is found on the First Trip, the following events
take place:
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The computer commands the MIL “On” when the failure is first found.
„
If the failure causes a severe misfire that may cause damage to the
catalytic converter, the MIL “flashes” once per second. The MIL
continues to flash as long as the condition exists. If the condition
that caused the MIL to flash is no longer present, the MIL will light
“steady” On.
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A DTC is saved in the computer’s memory for later retrieval.
„
A “Freeze Frame” of the conditions present in the engine or emissions
system when the MIL was ordered “On” is saved in the computer’s
memory for later retrieval. This information shows fuel system status
(closed loop or open loop), engine load, coolant temperature, fuel trim
value, MAP vacuum, engine RPM and DTC priority.
When a Type “B” DTC is found on the First Trip, the following events
take place:
„
The computer sets a Pending DTC, but the MIL is not ordered “On.”
“Freeze Frame” data may or may not be saved at this time
depending on manufacturer. The Pending DTC is saved in the
computer’s memory for later retrieval.
„
If the failure is found on the second consecutive trip, the MIL is
ordered “On.” “Freeze Frame” data is saved in the computer’s
memory.
„
If the failure is not found on the second Trip, the Pending DTC is
erased from the computer’s memory.
The MIL will stay lit for both Type “A” and Type “B” codes until one of
the following conditions occurs:
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OBD2 MONITORS
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If the conditions that caused the MIL to light are no longer present
for the next three trips in a row, the computer automatically turns the
MIL “Off” if no other emissions-related faults are present. However,
the DTCs remain in the computer’s memory as a history code for 40
warm-up cycles (80 warm-up cycles for fuel and misfire faults). The
DTCs are automatically erased if the fault that caused them to be
set is not detected again during that period.
„
Misfire and fuel system faults require three trips with “similar
conditions” before the MIL is turned “Off.” These are trips where the
engine load, RPM and temperature are similar to the conditions
present when the fault was first found.
After the MIL has been turned off, DTCs, Freeze Frame data,
and manufacturer-specific enhanced data stay in the
computer’s memory. Most of the enhanced data can only be
retrieved with special equipment such as a Scan Tool.
„
Erasing the DTCs from the computer’s memory can also turn off the
MIL. See ERASING DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTCs) on
page 54, before erasing codes from the computer’s memory. If a
Code Reader or Scan Tool is used to erase the codes, Freeze
Frame data as well as other manufacturer-specific enhanced data
will also be erased.
OBD2 MONITORS
To ensure the correct operation of the various emissions-related
components and systems, a diagnostic program was developed and
installed in the vehicle’s on-board computer. The program has several
procedures and diagnostic strategies. Each procedure or diagnostic
strategy is made to monitor the operation of, and run diagnostic tests on,
a specific emissions-related component or system. These tests ensure
the system is running correctly and is within the manufacturer’s
specifications. On OBD2 systems, these procedures and diagnostic
strategies are called “Monitors.”
Currently, a maximum of eleven Monitors are used in OBD2 systems.
Additional monitors may be added as a result of Government
regulations as the OBD2 system grows and matures. Not all vehicles
support all eleven Monitors.
Monitor operation is either “Continuous” or “Non-Continuous,”
depending on the specific monitor.
Continuous Monitors
Three of these Monitors are designed to constantly monitor their
associated components and/or systems for proper operation.
Continuous Monitors run constantly when the engine is running. The
Continuous Monitors are:
Comprehensive Component Monitor (CCM)
Misfire Monitor
Fuel System Monitor
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OBD2 MONITORS
Non-Continuous Monitors
The other eight Monitors are “non-continuous” Monitors. “Noncontinuous” Monitors perform and complete their testing once per trip.
The “non-continuous” Monitors are:
Oxygen Sensor Monitor
Oxygen Sensor Heater Monitor
Catalyst Monitor
Heated Catalyst Monitor
EGR System Monitor
EVAP System Monitor
Secondary Air System Monitor
Air Conditioning (A/C) Monitor
The following provides a brief explanation of the function of each Monitor:
Comprehensive Component Monitor (CCM) - This Monitor
continuously checks all inputs and outputs from sensors,
actuators, switches and other devices that provide a signal to the
computer. The Monitor checks for shorts, opens, out of range value,
functionality and “rationality.”
Rationality: Each input signal is compared against all other
inputs and against information in the computer’s memory to see
if it makes sense under the current operating conditions.
Example: The signal from the throttle position sensor indicates
the vehicle is in a wide-open throttle condition, but the vehicle is
really at idle, and the idle condition is confirmed by the signals
from all other sensors. Based on the input data, the computer
determines that the signal from the throttle position sensor is not
rational (does not make sense when compared to the other
inputs). In this case, the signal would fail the rationality test.
The CCM may be either a “One-Trip” or a “Two-Trip” Monitor,
depending on the component.
Fuel System Monitor - This Monitor uses a Fuel System
Correction program, called Fuel Trim, inside the on-board
computer. Fuel Trim is a set of positive and negative values that
represent adding or subtracting fuel from the engine. This program is
used to correct for a lean (too much air/not enough fuel) or rich (too
much fuel/not enough air) air-fuel mixture. The program is designed to
add or subtract fuel, as needed, up to a certain percent. If the correction
needed is too large and exceeds the time and percent allowed by the
program, a fault is indicated by the computer.
The Fuel System Monitor may be a “One-Trip” or “Two-Trip” Monitor,
depending on the severity of the problem.
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Misfire Monitor - This Monitor continuously checks for engine misfires.
A misfire occurs when the air-fuel mixture in the cylinder does not
ignite. The misfire Monitor uses changes in crankshaft speed to sense an
engine misfire. When a cylinder misfires, it no longer contributes to the speed
of the engine, and engine speed decreases each time the affected cylinder(s)
misfire. The misfire Monitor is designed to sense engine speed fluctuations
and determine from which cylinder(s) the misfire is coming, as well as how
bad the misfire is. There are three types of engine misfires, Types 1, 2, and 3.
- Type 1 and Type 3 misfires are two-trip monitor faults. If a fault is sensed
on the first trip, the computer temporarily saves the fault in its memory as
a Pending Code. The MIL is not commanded on at this time. If the fault is
found again on the second trip, under similar conditions of engine speed,
load and temperature, the computer commands the MIL “On,” and the
code is saved in its long term memory.
- Type 2 misfires are the most severe type of misfire. When a Type 2
misfire is sensed on the first trip, the computer commands the MIL to
light when the misfire is sensed. If the computer determines that a
Type 2 misfire is severe , and may cause catalytic converter damage,
it commands the MIL to “flash” once per second as soon as the
misfire is sensed. When the misfire is no longer present, the MIL
reverts to steady “On” condition.
Catalyst Monitor - The catalytic converter is a device that is
installed downstream of the exhaust manifold. It helps to oxidize
(burn) the unburned fuel (hydrocarbons) and partially burned fuel
(carbon monoxide) left over from the combustion process. To
accomplish this, heat and catalyst materials inside the converter react
with the exhaust gases to burn the remaining fuel. Some materials
inside the catalytic converter also have the ability to store oxygen, and
release it as needed to oxidize hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. In
the process, it reduces vehicle emissions by converting the polluting
gases into carbon dioxide and water.
The computer checks the efficiency of the catalytic converter by
monitoring the oxygen sensors used by the system. One sensor is located
before (upstream of) the converter; the other is located after (downstream
of) the converter. If the catalytic converter loses its ability to store oxygen,
the downstream sensor signal voltage becomes almost the same as the
upstream sensor signal. In this case, the monitor fails the test.
The Catalyst Monitor is a “Two-Trip” Monitor. If a fault is found on the
first trip, the computer temporarily saves the fault in its memory as a
Pending Code. The computer does not command the MIL on at this time.
If the fault is sensed again on the second trip, the computer commands
the MIL “On” and saves the code in its long-term memory.
Heated Catalyst Monitor - Operation of the “heated” catalytic
converter is similar to the catalytic converter. The main
difference is that a heater is added to bring the catalytic converter to its
operating temperature more quickly. This helps reduce emissions by
reducing the converter’s down time when the engine is cold. The Heated
Catalyst Monitor performs the same diagnostic tests as the catalyst
Monitor, and also tests the catalytic converter’s heater for proper
operation. This Monitor is also a “Two-Trip” Monitor.
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OBD2 MONITORS
Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) Monitor - The Exhaust Gas
Recirculation (EGR) system helps reduce the formation of
Oxides of Nitrogen during combustion. Temperatures above 2500°F
cause nitrogen and oxygen to combine and form Oxides of Nitrogen in
the combustion chamber. To reduce the formation of Oxides of Nitrogen,
combustion temperatures must be kept below 2500°F. The EGR system
recirculates small amounts of exhaust gas back into the intake manifold,
where it is mixed with the incoming air/fuel mixture. This reduces
combustion temperatures by up to 500°F. The computer determines
when, for how long, and how much exhaust gas is recirculated back to
the intake manifold. The EGR Monitor performs EGR system function
tests at preset times during vehicle operation.
The EGR Monitor is a “Two-Trip” Monitor. If a fault is found on the first
trip, the computer temporarily saves the fault in its memory as a
Pending Code. The computer does not command the MIL on at this time.
If the fault is sensed again on the second trip, the computer commands
the MIL “On,” and saves the code in its long-term memory.
Evaporative System (EVAP) Monitor - OBD2 vehicles are
equipped with a fuel Evaporative system (EVAP) that helps
prevent fuel vapors from evaporating into the air. The EVAP system
carries fumes from the fuel tank to the engine where they are burned
during combustion. The EVAP system may consist of a charcoal
canister, fuel tank cap, purge solenoid, vent solenoid, flow monitor, leak
detector and connecting tubes, lines and hoses.
Fumes are carried from the fuel tank to the charcoal canister by hoses
or tubes. The fumes are stored in the charcoal canister. The computer
controls the flow of fuel vapors from the charcoal canister to the engine
via a purge solenoid. The computer energizes or de-energizes the purge
solenoid (depending on solenoid design). The purge solenoid opens a
valve to allow engine vacuum to draw the fuel vapors from the canister
into the engine where the vapors are burned. The EVAP Monitor checks
for proper fuel vapor flow to the engine, and pressurizes the system to
test for leaks. The computer runs this Monitor once per trip.
The EVAP Monitor is a “Two-Trip” Monitor. If a fault is found on the first
trip, the computer temporarily saves the fault in its memory as a
Pending Code. The computer does not command the MIL on at this time.
If the fault is sensed again on the second trip, the PCM commands the
MIL “On,” and saves the code in its long-term memory.
Air Conditioning (A/C) Monitor - The A/C Monitor senses leaks
in air conditioning systems that utilize R-12 refrigerant. Vehicle
manufacturers have been given two options:
1. Use R-12 refrigerant in their A/C systems, and integrate an A/C
Monitor in the OBD2 systems of these vehicles to detect for
refrigerant leaks; or
2. Use R-134 refrigerant instead of R12. The A/C Monitor is not
required on these vehicles.
To date, all vehicle manufacturers have opted to use R-134 in their A/C
systems. As a result, this Monitor has not yet been implemented.
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Oxygen Sensor Heater Monitor - The Oxygen Sensor Heater
Monitor tests the operation of the oxygen sensor’s heater. There
are two modes of operation on a computer-controlled vehicle: “openloop” and “closed-loop.” The vehicle operates in open-loop when the
engine is cold, before it reaches normal operating temperature. The
vehicle also goes to open-loop mode at other times, such as heavy load
and full throttle conditions. When the vehicle is running in open-loop, the
oxygen sensor signal is ignored by the computer for air/fuel mixture
corrections. Engine efficiency during open-loop operation is very low,
and results in the production of more vehicle emissions.
Closed-loop operation is the best condition for both vehicle emissions
and vehicle operation. When the vehicle is operating in closed-loop, the
computer uses the oxygen sensor signal for air/fuel mixture corrections.
In order for the computer to enter closed-loop operation, the oxygen
sensor must reach a temperature of at least 600°F. The oxygen sensor
heater helps the oxygen sensor reach and maintain its minimum
operating temperature (600°F) more quickly, to bring the vehicle into
closed-loop operation as soon as possible.
The Oxygen Sensor Heater Monitor is a “Two-Trip” Monitor. If a fault is
found on the first trip, the computer temporarily saves the fault in its
memory as a Pending Code. The computer does not command the MIL
on at this time. If the fault is sensed again on the second trip, the
computer commands the MIL “On,” and saves the code in its long-term
memory.
Oxygen Sensor Monitor - The Oxygen Sensor monitors how
much oxygen is in the vehicle’s exhaust. It generates a varying
voltage of up to one volt, based on how much oxygen is in the exhaust
gas, and sends the signal to the computer. The computer uses this
signal to make corrections to the air/fuel mixture. If the exhaust gas has
a large amount of oxygen (a lean air/fuel mixture), the oxygen sensor
generates a “low” voltage signal. If the exhaust gas has very little
oxygen (a rich mixture condition), the oxygen sensor generates a “high”
voltage signal. A 450mV signal indicates the most efficient, and least
polluting, air/fuel ratio of 14.7 parts of air to one part of fuel.
The oxygen sensor must reach a temperature of at least 600-650°F,
and the engine must reach normal operating temperature, for the
computer to enter into closed-loop operation. The oxygen sensor only
functions when the computer is in closed-loop. A properly operating
oxygen sensor reacts quickly to any change in oxygen content in the
exhaust stream. A faulty oxygen sensor reacts slowly, or its voltage
signal is weak or missing.
The oxygen sensor is a “Two-Trip” monitor. If a fault is found on the first
trip, the computer temporarily saves the fault in its memory as a
Pending Code. The computer does not command the MIL on at this time.
If the fault is sensed again on the second trip, the computer commands
the MIL “On,” and saves the code in its long-term memory.
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Secondary Air System Monitor - When a cold engine is first
started, it runs in open-loop mode. During open-loop operation,
the engine usually runs rich. A vehicle running rich wastes fuel and
creates increased emissions, such as carbon monoxide and some
hydrocarbons. A Secondary Air System injects air into the exhaust
stream to aid catalytic converter operation:
1. It supplies the catalytic converter with the oxygen it needs to oxidize
the carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons left over from the
combustion process during engine warm-up.
2. The extra oxygen injected into the exhaust stream also helps the
catalytic converter reach operating temperature more quickly during
warm-up periods. The catalytic converter must heat to operating
temperature to work properly.
The Secondary Air System Monitor checks for component integrity and
system operation, and tests for faults in the system. The computer runs
this Monitor once per trip.
The Secondary Air System Monitor is a “Two-Trip” monitor. If a fault is
found on the first trip, the computer temporarily saves this fault in its
memory as a Pending Code. The computer does not command the MIL
on at this time. If the fault is sensed again on the second trip, the
computer commands the MIL “On,” and saves the code in its long-term
memory.
OBD2 Reference Table
The table below lists current OBD2 Monitors, and indicates the following
for each Monitor:
A.
Monitor Type (how often does the Monitor run; Continuous or
Once per trip)
B.
Number of trips needed, with a fault present, to set a pending DTC
C.
Number of consecutive trips needed, with a fault present, to
command the MIL “On” and store a DTC
D.
Number of trips needed, with no faults present, to erase a Pending
DTC
E.
Number and type of trips or drive cycles needed, with no faults
present, to turn off the MIL
F.
Number of warm-up periods needed to erase the DTC from the
computer’s memory after the MIL is turned off
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Name of
Monitor
A
B
C
D
E
F
Comprehensive
Component Monitor
Continuous
1
2
1
3
40
Misfire Monitor
(Type 1 and 3)
Continuous
1
2
1
3 - similar
conditions
80
Misfire Monitor
(Type 2)
Continuous
1
3 - similar
conditions
80
80
Fuel System Monitor
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Continuous
1
1 or 2
1
3 - similar
conditions
Catalytic Converter
Monitor
Once per
trip
1
2
1
3 trips
40
Oxygen Sensor
Monitor
Once per
trip
1
2
1
3 trips
40
Oxygen Sensor
Heater Monitor
Once per
trip
1
2
1
3 trips
40
Exhaust Gas
Recirculation (EGR)
Monitor
Once per
trip
1
2
1
3 trips
40
Evaporative
Emissions Controls
Monitor
Once per
trip
1
2
1
3 trips
40
Secondary Air
System (AIR) Monitor
Once per
trip
1
2
1
3 trips
40
OBD2
Preparation for Testing
PRELIMINARY VEHICLE DIAGNOSTIC WORKSHEET
PRELIMINARY VEHICLE DIAGNOSTIC WORKSHEET
The purpose of this form is to help you gather preliminary information on
your vehicle before you retrieve codes. By having a complete account of
your vehicle's current problem(s), you will be able to systematically
pinpoint the problem(s) by comparing your answers to the fault codes
you retrieve. You can also provide this information to your mechanic to
assist in diagnosis and help avoid costly and unnecessary repairs. It is
important for you to complete this form to help you and/or your
mechanic have a clear understanding of your vehicle's problems.
NAME:
DATE:
VIN*:
YEAR:
MAKE:
MODEL:
ENGINE SIZE:
VEHICLE MILEAGE:
*VIN: Vehicle Identification Number, found at the base of the windshield
on a metallic plate, or at the driver door latch area (consult your vehicle
owner's manual for location).
TRANSMISSION:
❏
Automatic
❏
Manual
Please check all applicable items in each category.
DESCRIBE THE PROBLEM:
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PRELIMINARY VEHICLE DIAGNOSTIC WORKSHEET
WHEN DID YOU FIRST NOTICE THE PROBLEM:
❏
Just Started
❏
Started Last Week
❏
Started Last Month
❏
Other:
m
LIST ANY REPAIRS DONE IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS:
PROBLEMS STARTING
❏ No symptoms
❏
Cranks, but will not start
❏
❏
Starts, but takes a long
time
❏
Right after vehicle
comes to a stop
❏
While idling
❏
During acceleration
When parking
Will not crank
ENGINE QUITS OR STALLS
❏
No symptoms
❏
Right after starting
❏
When shifting into gear
❏
During steady-speed
driving
❏
IDLING CONDITIONS
❏
No symptoms
❏
Is too slow at all times
❏
Is too fast
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Is sometimes too fast or
too slow
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Is rough or uneven
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Fluctuates up and down
RUNNING CONDITIONS
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No symptoms
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Backfires
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Runs rough
Lacks power
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Bucks and jerks
Misfires or cuts out
Engine knocks, pings or
rattles
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Poor fuel economy
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Surges
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Hesitates or stumbles on
accelerations
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Dieseling or run-on
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Preparation for Testing
PRELIMINARY VEHICLE DIAGNOSTIC WORKSHEET
AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS (if applicable)
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No symptoms
Shifts too early or too late
Changes gear incorrectly
PROBLEM OCCURS
Morning
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Vehicle does not move
when in gear
Jerks or bucks
Afternoon
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Anytime
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Hot
ENGINE TEMPERATURE WHEN PROBLEM OCCURS
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Cold
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Warm
DRIVING CONDITIONS WHEN PROBLEM OCCURS
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Short - less than 2 miles
2 - 10 miles
Long - more than 10 miles
Stop and go
While turning
While braking
At gear engagement
With A/C operating
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With headlights on
During acceleration
Mostly driving downhill
Mostly driving uphill
Mostly driving level
Mostly driving curvy
roads
Mostly driving rough
roads
DRIVING HABITS
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Mostly city driving
Highway
Park vehicle inside
Park vehicle outside
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Drive less than 10 miles per day
Drive 10 to 50 miles per day
Drive more than 50 miles per
day
GASOLINE USED
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❏
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87 Octane
89 Octane
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91 Octane
More than 91 Octane
WEATHER CONDITIONS WHEN PROBLEM OCCURS
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32 - 55° F (0 - 13° C)
Below freezing (32° F / 0° C)
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Above 55° F (13° C)
CHECK ENGINE LIGHT / DASH WARNING LIGHT
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Sometimes ON
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Always ON
Never ON
PECULIAR SMELLS
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"Hot"
Sulfur ("rotten egg")
Burning rubber
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❏
❏
Gasoline
Burning oil
Electrical
STRANGE NOISES
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❏
OBD2
Rattle
Knock
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❏
Squeak
Other
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Preparation for Testing
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
The Enhanced OBD2 Code
Reader aids in monitoring electronic- and emissions-related
faults in your vehicle and retrieving fault codes related to malfunctions in these systems.
Mechanical problems such as
low oil level or damaged hoses, wiring or electrical connectors can
cause poor engine performance and may also cause a fault code to set.
Fix any known mechanical problems before performing any test. See
your vehicle’s service manual or a mechanic for more information.
Check the following areas before starting any test:
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Check the engine oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid (if
applicable), engine coolant and other fluids for proper levels. Top off
low fluid levels if needed.
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Make sure the air filter is clean and in good condition. Make sure all
air filter ducts are properly connected. Check the air filter ducts for
holes, rips or cracks.
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Make sure all engine belts are in good condition. Check for cracked,
torn, brittle, loose or missing belts.
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Make sure mechanical linkages to engine sensors (throttle, gearshift
position, transmission, etc.) are secure and properly connected. See
your vehicle’s service manual for locations.
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Check all rubber hoses (radiator) and steel hoses (vacuum/fuel) for
leaks, cracks, blockage or other damage. Make sure all hoses are
routed and connected properly.
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Make sure all spark plugs are clean and in good condition. Check
for damaged, loose, disconnected or missing spark plug wires.
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Make sure the battery terminals are clean and tight. Check for
corrosion or broken connections. Check for proper battery and
charging system voltages.
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Check all electrical wiring and harnesses for proper connection.
Make sure wire insulation is in good condition, and there are no bare
wires.
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Make sure the engine is mechanically sound. If needed, perform a
compression check, engine vacuum check, timing check (if applicable), etc.
OBD2
Preparation for Testing
VEHICLE SERVICE MANUALS
VEHICLE SERVICE MANUALS
Always refer to the manufacturer’s service manual for your vehicle
before performing any test or repair procedures. Contact your local car
dealership, auto parts store or bookstore for availability of these
manuals. The following companies publish valuable repair manuals:
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Haynes Publications
861 Lawrence Drive
Newbury Park, California 91320
Phone: 800-442-9637
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Mitchell International
14145 Danielson Street
Poway, California 92064
Phone: 888-724-6742
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Motor Publications
5600 Crooks Road, Suite 200
Troy, Michigan 48098
Phone: 800-426-6867
FACTORY SOURCES
Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Isuzu, Hyundai and Subaru Service
Manuals
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OBD2
Helm Inc.
14310 Hamilton Avenue
Highland Park, Michigan 48203
Phone: 800-782-4356
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Using the Code Reader
CODE RETRIEVAL PROCEDURE
CODE RETRIEVAL PROCEDURE
Retrieving and using Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) for
troubleshooting vehicle operation is only one part of an
overall diagnostic strategy.
Never replace a part based only on the DTC definition.
Each DTC has a set of testing procedures, instructions
and flow charts that must be followed to confirm the
location of the problem. This information is found in the
vehicle's service manual. Always refer to the vehicle's
service manual for detailed testing instructions.
Check your vehicle thoroughly before performing
any test. See BEFORE YOU BEGIN on page 32
for details.
ALWAYS observe safety precautions whenever working on a
vehicle. See SAFETY FIRST! on page 3 for more information.
1. Turn the ignition off.
2. Locate the vehicle's 16-pin Data Link
Connector (DLC). See page 5 for
connector location.
Some DLCs have a plastic cover
that must be removed before
connecting the Code Reader
cable connector.
If the Code Reader is ON, turn it
OFF by pressing the POWER/LINK
button BEFORE connecting the
Code Reader to the DLC.
3. Connect the Code Reader cable connector to the vehicle’s DLC.
The cable connector is keyed and will only fit one way.
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If you have problems connecting the cable connector to the DLC,
rotate the connector 180° and try again.
„
If you still have problems, check the DLC on the vehicle and on
the Code Reader. Refer to your vehicle’s service manual to
properly check the vehicle’s DLC.
4. When the Code Reader’s cable
connector is properly connected to the
vehicle’s DLC, the unit automatically
turns ON, and the LCD display shows
instructions for linking to the vehicle’s
on-board computer.
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CODE RETRIEVAL PROCEDURE
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If the unit does not power on automatically when connected to
the vehicle’s DLC connector, it usually indicates there is no
power present at the vehicle’s DLC connector. Check your fuse
panel and replace any burned-out fuses.
„
If replacing the fuse(s) does not correct the problem, consult
your vehicle’s repair manual to identify the proper computer
(PCM) fuse/circuit, and perform any necessary repairs before
proceeding.
5. Turn the ignition on. DO NOT start the engine.
6. Press and release the Code Reader’s POWER/LINK
„
button.
The Code Reader will automatically
start a check of the vehicle’s
computer to determine which type of
communication protocol it is using.
When the Code Reader identifies
the
computer’s
communication
protocol, a communication link is
established. The protocol type used
by the vehicle’s computer is shown
on the LCD display.
A PROTOCOL is a set of rules and procedures for
regulating data transmission between computers, and
between testing equipment and computers. As of this
writing, five different types of protocols (ISO 9141,
Keyword 2000, J1850 PWM, J1850 VPW and CAN) are in
use by vehicle manufacturers. The Code Reader
automatically identifies the protocol type and establishes a
communication link with the vehicle’s computer.
7. After approximately 4~5 seconds, the Code Reader will retrieve and
display any Diagnostic Trouble Codes, Monitor Status and Freeze
Frame Data retrieved from the vehicle’s computer memory.
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If the Code Reader fails to link to the
vehicle’s computer a “Linking Failed”
message shows on the Code
Reader’s LCD display.
- Verify the connection at the DLC,
and verify the ignition is ON.
- Turn the ignition OFF, wait 5
seconds, then turn back ON to
reset the computer.
- Ensure your vehicle is OBD2 compliant. See VEHICLES
COVERED on page 5 for vehicle compliance verification
information.
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CODE RETRIEVAL PROCEDURE
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The Code Reader will automatically
re-link to the vehicle’s computer
every 15 seconds to refresh the data
being retrieved. When data is being
refreshed, the message “One
moment Auto – link in progress” is
shown on the LCD display. This
action repeats as long as the Code
Reader is communicating with the
vehicle’s computer.
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The Code Reader will display a code
only if codes are present in the
vehicle’s computer memory. If no
codes are present, a “No DTC’s or
Freeze Frame data presently stored in
the vehicle’s computer” is displayed.
- If the ENTER/FF
button is
pressed from the “no DTCs”
screen,
the
message
“No
Powertrain DTCs or Freeze
Frame Data is presently stored in
the Code Reader’s memory.
Press the DTC button to view your
Enhanced or ABS DTC’s” displays.
Press the DTC SCROLL
button to enter the “enhanced”
mode (see THE ENHANCED
MAIN MENU on page 40).
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The Code Reader is capable of retrieving and storing up to 32
codes in memory, for immediate or later viewing.
8. To read the display:
Refer to DISPLAY FUNCTIONS on page 12 for a description of LCD display elements.
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A visible
icon indicates that the Code Reader is being
powered through the vehicle’s DLC connector.
„
A visible
icon indicates that the Code Reader is linked to
(communicating with) the vehicle’s computer.
„
The I/M Monitor Status icons indicate the type and number of
Monitors the vehicle supports, and provides indications of the
current status of the vehicle’s Monitors. A solid Monitor icon
indicates the associated Monitor has run and completed its
testing. A blinking Monitor icon indicates the associated Monitor
has not run and completed its testing.
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Using the Code Reader
CODE RETRIEVAL PROCEDURE
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The upper right hand corner of the
display shows the number of the
code currently being displayed, the
total number of codes retrieved, the
type of code (G = Generic; M =
Manufacturer Specific), and whether
or not the displayed code commanded the MIL on. If the code
being displayed is a PENDING code,
the PENDING icon is shown.
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The Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) and related code definition
are shown in the lower section of the LCD display.
In the case of long code definitions, or when viewing
Freeze Frame data, a small arrow is shown in the
upper/lower right-hand corner of the code display area
to indicate the presence of additional information. Use
the
and
buttons, as necessary, to view the
additional information.
If a definition for the currently displayed code is not
available, an advisory message shows on the Code
Reader’s display.
9. Read and interpret Diagnostic Trouble Codes/system condition
using the LCD display and the green, yellow and red LEDs.
The green, yellow and red LEDs are used (with the LCD
display) as visual aids to make it easier to determine
engine system conditions.
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Green LED – Indicates that all
engine systems are “OK” and
operating normally. All monitors
supported by the vehicle have run
and performed their diagnostic
testing, and no trouble codes are
present. A zero will show on the
Code Reader’s LCD display, and all
Monitor icons will be solid.
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Yellow LED – Indicates one of the following conditions:
A.
OBD2
A
PENDING
CODE
IS
PRESENT – If the yellow LED
is illuminated, it may indicate a
Pending code is present. Check
the Code Reader’s LCD display
for confirmation. A Pending
code is confirmed by the
presence of a numeric code
and the word PENDING on the
Code Reader’s LCD display.
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Using the Code Reader
CODE RETRIEVAL PROCEDURE
B.
„
MONITOR NOT RUN STATUS –
If the Code Reader’s LCD display
shows a zero (indicating there are
no DTC’s present in the vehicle’s
computer memory), but the
yellow LED is illuminated, it may
be an indication that some of the
Monitors supported by the vehicle
have not yet run and completed their diagnostic testing. Check
the Code Reader’s LCD display for confirmation. All Monitor
icons that are blinking have not yet run and completed their
diagnostic testing; all Monitor icons that are solid have run and
completed their diagnostic testing.
Red LED – Indicates there is a
problem with one or more of the
vehicle’s systems. The red LED is
also used to indicate that DTC(s) are
present (displayed on the Code
Reader’s screen). In this case, the
Multifunction
Indicator
(Check
Engine) lamp on the vehicle’s
instrument panel will be illuminated.
On some vehicle models, the computer will store nonemission related DTCs. These DTCs will not command the
MIL on since they are not emission related. If the Code
Reader retrieves one of these types of codes, the MIL will
not be commanded on, and the Yellow LED on the Code
Reader will be illuminated.
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DTC’s that start with “P0”, “P2” and some “P3” are considered
Generic (Universal). All Generic DTC definitions are the same
on all OBD2 equipped vehicles. The Code Reader automatically
displays the code definitions for Generic DTC’s.
If the definition for the currently
displayed code is not available,
an advisory message shows
on the Code Reader’s LCD
display.
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DTC’s that start with “P1” and some
“P3” are Manufacturer Specific codes
and their code definitions vary with
each vehicle manufacturer. When a
Manufacturer Specific DTC is retrieved, the LCD display shows a list
of vehicle manufacturers. Use the UP
and DOWN
buttons, as necessary, to highlight the appropriate
manufacturer,
then
press
the
ENTER/FF
button to display the
correct code definition for your vehicle.
OBD2
Using the Code Reader
CODE RETRIEVAL PROCEDURE
If the manufacturer for your vehicle is not listed, use the
and DOWN
buttons, as necessary, to select
UP
Other manufacturer and press the ENTER/FF
button
for additional DTC information.
If the Manufacturer Specific
definition for the currently
displayed code is not available,
an advisory message shows
on the Code Reader’s LCD
display.
10. If more than one code was retrieved press
the DTC SCROLL
button, as necessary, to display additional codes one at a time.
„
Whenever the Scroll function is used to view additional codes,
the Code Reader’s communication link with the vehicle’s
computer disconnects. To re-establish communication, press the
button again.
LINK
11. Freeze Frame Data (if available) can be viewed at any time (except
button.
MENU mode) by pressing the ENTER/FF
„
In OBD2 systems, when an
emissions-related engine malfunction occurs that causes a DTC to set,
a record or snapshot of engine
conditions at the time that the
malfunction occurred is also saved
in the vehicle’s computer memory.
The record saved is called Freeze
Frame data. Saved engine conditions include, but are not limited to: engine speed, open or
closed loop operation, fuel system commands, coolant
temperature, calculated load value, fuel pressure, vehicle speed,
air flow rate, and intake manifold pressure.
If more than one malfunction is present that causes more
than one DTC to be set, only the code with the highest
priority will contain Freeze Frame data. The code
designated “01” on the Code Reader display is referred to
as the PRIORITY code, and Freeze Frame data always
refers to this code. The priority code is also the one that
has commanded the MIL on.
If Freeze Frame data is not
available for the code shown
on the LCD display when the
ENTER/FF
button is
pressed, an advisory message
shows on the LCD display.
Press the DTC SCROLL
button to return to the previous
code display.
OBD2
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Using the Code Reader
THE ENHANCED MAIN MENU
Retrieved information can be uploaded to a Personal
Computer (PC) with the use of an optional “PC Link Kit.” For
more information, call our service department. See
SERVICE PROCEDURES on page 65 for more information.
12. When the last retrieved DTC has been displayed and the DTC
SCROLL
button is pressed, the Code Reader enters the
“enhanced” mode.
„
See VIEWING ENHANCED DTCs on page 45 to view enhanced
DTCs and/or vehicle information for your vehicle.
„
If you do not wish to view enhanced DTCs, press the DTC
SCROLL
button to return to the OBD2 DTC screen.
13. Determine engine system(s) condition by viewing the Code
Reader’s LCD display for any retrieved Diagnostic Trouble Codes,
code definitions, Freeze Frame data and interpreting the green,
yellow and red LEDs.
„
If DTC’s were retrieved and you are going to perform the repairs
yourself, proceed by consulting the Vehicle’s Service Repair
Manual for testing instructions, testing procedures, and flow
charts related to retrieved code(s).
„
If you plan to take the vehicle to a professional to have it
serviced, complete the PRELIMINARY VEHICLE DIAGNOSTIC
WORKSHEET on page 29 and take it together with the retrieved
codes, freeze frame data and LED information to aid in the
troubleshooting procedure.
„
To prolong battery life, the Code Reader automatically shuts
“Off” approximately three minutes after it is disconnected from
the vehicle. The DTCs retrieved, Monitor Status and Freeze
Frame data (if any) will remain in the Code Reader’s memory,
and may be viewed at any time by turning the unit “On”. If the
Code Reader’s batteries are removed, or if the Code Reader is
re-linked to a vehicle to retrieve codes/data, any prior
codes/data in its memory are automatically cleared.
THE ENHANCED MAIN MENU
Following the code retrieval procedure (see CODE RETRIEVAL
PROCEDURE on page 34), when the last retrieved DTC has been
displayed and the DTC SCROLL
button is pressed, the Code
Reader enters the “enhanced” mode. The “enhanced” mode provides
the ability to retrieve enhanced DTCs from most Chrysler/Jeep,
Ford/Mazda, GM/Isuzu, Honda/Acura and Toyota/Lexus vehicles. The
types of enhanced data available depends on the vehicle make.
You can also retrieve Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) DTCs, and view
vehicle information, which includes the vehicle’s VIN number, calibration
ID(s) and other related information, as well as a list of available modules
for the vehicle.
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OBD2
Using the Code Reader
THE ENHANCED MAIN MENU
ABS DTCs are available for Chrysler/Jeep, Ford and GM
vehicles only.
Vehicle information is available for model year 2000 and
newer OBD2-compliant vehicles only.
The screen shown when the Code Reader enters the “enhanced” mode
depends on the type(s) of DTC(s) returned during the code retrieval
process:
„
If no DTCs were retrieved, or only
generic DTCs were retrieved, the
Enhanced Menu displays. Use the UP
and DOWN
buttons, as
necessary, to highlight the desired
option, then press the ENTER/FF
button to view the selected information,
or, press the DTC SCROLL
button
to return to the OBD2 DTC screen.
-
When View ABS DTCs or View
Enhanced DTCs is selected, the
Select Manufacturer screen displays.
and DOWN
Use the UP
buttons, as necessary, to highlight
the appropriate manufacturer, then
press the ENTER/FF
button to
view the selected information.
If the manufacturer of the
vehicle from which codes were
retrieved is not listed, press the
DTC SCROLL
button to
return to the OBD2 DTC screen.
Enhanced data is not available
for your vehicle.
„
OBD2
If a Manufacturer specific DTC was
retrieved, and the manufacturer selected
for the code was Chrysler, Jeep, Ford,
Mazda, General Motors, Isuzu, Honda,
Acura, Toyota or Lexus, the Select Data
and
menu displays. Use the UP
buttons, as necessary, to
DOWN
highlight the desired option, then press
button to view the selected information, or, press
the ENTER/FF
the DTC SCROLL
button to return to the OBD2 DTC screen.
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Using the Code Reader
VIEWING ABS DTCS
„
If a Manufacturer specific DTC was
retrieved, and the manufacturer selected
for the code was not Chrysler, Jeep, Ford,
Mazda, General Motors, Isuzu, Honda,
Acura, Toyota or Lexus, the View Vehicle
Information confirmation message displays.
button to view
Press the ENTER/FF
vehicle information (see VIEWING
VEHICLE INFORMATION on page 53), or,
press the DTC SCROLL
button to
return to the OBD2 DTC screen.
To view ABS DTCs: Select View ABS
DTCs from the Enhanced Main Menu (then
choose the appropriate manufacturer if
prompted). Refer to VIEWING ABS DTCs
on page 42 to view ABS DTCs for your
vehicle.
To view Enhanced DTCs: Select View
Enhanced DTCs from the Enhanced Main
Menu (then choose the appropriate
manufacturer if prompted). Refer to
VIEWING ENHANCED DTCs on page 45 to
view enhanced DTCs for your vehicle.
To view vehicle information: Select View
Vehicle Info from the Enhanced Main Menu.
Refer to VIEWING VEHICLE INFORMATION
on page 53 to view vehicle information for
your vehicle.
If vehicle information is not
supported by the vehicle under test,
an advisory message shows on
the Code Reader’s display. Press
the ENTER/FF
button to exit.
VIEWING ABS DTCs
When View ABS DTCs is selected from the
Enhanced Main Menu (and the appropriate
vehicle manufacturer is selected, if
prompted), the ABS Menu for the appropriate vehicle manufacturer displays. You may
choose to “Read ABS DTCs” or “Erase ABS
DTCs.”
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Using the Code Reader
VIEWING ABS DTCS
Reading ABS DTCs
1. Use the UP
and DOWN
buttons, as necessary, to highlight
Read ABS DTCs, then press the ENTER/FF
button.
„
„
A "One moment please" message
displays while the Code Reader
retrieves the selected DTCs.
If the Code Reader fails to link to the
vehicle’s computer, a "Linking
Failed" message shows on the Code
Reader’s display.
-
Verify the ignition is ON, then
press the ENTER/FF
button to continue.
„
If the vehicle does not support ABS communication, an advisory
message shows on the Code Reader’s display. Press the
ENTER/FF
button to return to the Enhanced Main Menu.
2. To read the display:
Refer to DISPLAY FUNCTIONS on page 12 for a description
of LCD display elements.
„
A visible
icon indicates that the Code Reader is being
powered through the vehicle’s DLC connector.
„
A visible
icon indicates that the Code Reader is linked to
(communicating with) the vehicle’s computer.
The upper right hand corner of the
display shows the number of the
code currently being displayed, the
total number of codes retrieved.
The Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC)
and related code definition are
shown in the lower section of the
LCD display.
„
„
I/M MONITOR STATUS icons are not displayed when viewing
ABS DTCs.
In the case of long code definitions, a small arrow is shown in
the upper/lower right-hand corner of the code display area to
indicate the presence of additional information. Use the UP
buttons, as necessary, to view the additional
and DOWN
information.
„
OBD2
The Code Reader will display a code
only if codes are present in the
vehicle’s computer memory. If no
codes are present, a "No ABS
DTC’s are presently stored in the
vehicle’s computer" is displayed.
button to
Press the ENTER/FF
return to the ABS Menu.
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Using the Code Reader
VIEWING ABS DTCS
3. If more than one code was retrieved press the DTC SCROLL
button, as necessary, to display additional codes one at a time.
„
Whenever the Scroll function is used to view additional codes,
the Code Reader’s communication link with the vehicle’s
computer disconnects. To re-establish communication, press the
button again.
LINK
4. When the last retrieved DTC has been displayed and the DTC SCROLL
button is pressed, the Code Reader returns to the ABS Menu.
„
To exit the enhanced mode, use the UP
and DOWN
buttons, as necessary, to select Exit from the ABS Menu, then
press the ENTER/FF
button. The Code Reader returns to
the OBD2 DTC screen.
Erasing ABS DTCs
If you plan to take the vehicle to a Service Center for repair, DO NOT
erase the ABS DTCs from the vehicle’s computer. If the codes are
erased, valuable information that might help the technician troubleshoot
the problem will be erased.
1. Use the UP
and DOWN
buttons,
as necessary, to highlight Erase ABS
DTCs, then press the ENTER/FF
button.
2. A confirmation message shows on the
LCD display.
„
If you are sure you want to proceed, press the ERASE
button to erase the ABS DTCs from the vehicle’s computer.
„
If you do not want to continue with the erase process, press the
POWER/LINK
button to exit the erase mode and return to
the ABS Menu.
3. If you chose to erase ABS DTCs, a
progress screen displays while ion is in
progress.
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If the erase was successful, a
confirmation message shows on the
LCD display. Press the ENTER/FF
button to return to the ABS
Menu.
„
If the erase was not successful, an
advisory message shows on the
LCD display. Verify that the Code
Reader is properly connected to the
vehicle’s DLC and that the ignition is
on, then repeat steps 2 and 3, above.
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VIEWING ENHANCED DTCS
Erasing ABS DTCs does not fix the problem(s) that caused the
code(s) to be set. If proper repairs to correct the problem(s)
that caused the code(s) to be set are not made, the code(s)
will appear again as soon as the vehicle is driven long enough
for the problem to recur.
VIEWING ENHANCED DTCs
Refer to the appropriate paragraph to view enhanced DTCs for your
vehicle:
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Chrysler/Jeep Enhanced DTCs .............page 45
Ford/Mazda Enhanced DTCs ................page 46
GM/Isuzu Enhanced DTCs ....................page 48
Honda/Acura Enhanced DTCs ..............page 50
Toyota/Lexus Enhanced DTCs..............page 51
Chrysler/Jeep Enhanced DTCs
When View Enhanced DTCs is selected from the Enhanced Main
Menu (and Chrysler/Jeep is selected, if prompted), the Chrysler
Enhanced menu displays. You may view either “Engine DTCs” or
“Transmission DTCs.”
1. Use the UP
and DOWN
buttons,
as necessary, to highlight the desired
option, then press the ENTER/FF
button.
Transmission DTCs are not supported on most Chrysler/Jeep vehicles manufactured prior to 2002.
„
A “One moment please” message
displays while the Code Reader
retrieves the selected DTCs.
„
If the Code Reader fails to link to the
vehicle’s computer, a “Linking
Failed” message shows on the Code
Reader’s display.
-
Verify the ignition is ON, then press the ENTER/FF
button to continue.
2. To read the display:
Refer to DISPLAY FUNCTIONS on page 12 for a description
of LCD display elements.
OBD2
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A visible
icon indicates that the Code Reader is being
powered through the vehicle’s DLC connector.
„
A visible
icon indicates that the Code Reader is linked to
(communicating with) the vehicle’s computer.
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The upper right hand corner of the
display shows the number of the
code currently being displayed, the
total number of codes retrieved.
The Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC)
and related code definition are shown in
the lower section of the LCD display.
I/M MONITOR STATUS
icons are not displayed when viewing enhanced DTCs.
In the case of long code definitions, or when viewing
Freeze Frame data, a small arrow is shown in the
upper/lower right-hand corner of the code display area
to indicate the presence of additional information. Use
the
and
buttons, as necessary, to view the
additional information.
„
The Code Reader will display a code
only if codes are present in the
vehicle’s computer memory. If no
codes are present, a “No Enhanced
DTC’s are presently stored in the
vehicle’s computer” is displayed. Press
button to return to
the ENTER/FF
the Chrysler Enhanced menu.
3. If more than one code was retrieved press the DTC SCROLL
button, as necessary, to display additional codes one at a time.
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Whenever the Scroll function is used to view additional codes,
the Code Reader’s communication link with the vehicle’s
computer disconnects. To re-establish communication, press the
button again.
LINK
4. When the last retrieved DTC has been displayed and the DTC
button is pressed, the Code Reader returns to the
SCROLL
Chrysler Enhanced menu.
„
To view additional enhanced DTCs, repeat steps 1 through 4,
above.
„
To exit the enhanced mode, use the UP
and DOWN
buttons, as necessary, to select Exit from the Chrysler
Enhanced menu, then press the ENTER/FF
button. The
Code Reader returns to the OBD2 DTC screen.
Ford/Mazda Enhanced DTCs
Mazda Enhanced DTCs are available for Mazda-branded
Ford vehicles only.
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VIEWING ENHANCED DTCS
When View Enhanced DTCs is selected from the Enhanced Main
Menu (and Ford/Mazda is selected, if prompted), the Ford/Mazda
Enhanced menu displays. You may view DTCs for either the
“Continuous Memory Test”, “KOEO (Key On Engine Off) Test” or
“KOER (Key On Engine Running) Test.”
1. Use the UP
and DOWN
buttons, as
necessary, to highlight the desired option,
then press the ENTER/FF
button.
When choosing to view KOER
Test DTCs, start the vehicle’s
engine before making your
selection.
„
A “One moment please” message
displays, while the Code Reader
retrieves the selected DTCs.
„
If the Code Reader fails to link to the
vehicle’s computer, a “Linking
Failed” message shows on the Code
Reader’s Display.
- Verify the ignition is ON, then press the ENTER/FF
button to continue.
„
If the KOER Test was selected, and
the vehicle’s engine is not running,
an advisory message shows on the
Code Reader’s display.
- Start the vehicle’s engine, then
press the ENTER/FF
button
to continue.
2. To read the display:
Refer to DISPLAY FUNCTIONS on page 12 for a description
of LCD display elements.
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A visible
icon indicates that the Code Reader is being
powered through the vehicle’s DLC connector.
„
A visible
icon indicates that the Code Reader is linked to
(communicating with) the vehicle’s computer.
„
The upper right hand corner of the
display shows the number of the
code currently being displayed, the
total number of codes retrieved.
„
The Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC)
and related code definition are shown
in the lower section of the LCD display.
I/M MONITOR STATUS icons are not displayed when
viewing enhanced DTCs.
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VIEWING ENHANCED DTCS
In the case of long code definitions, or when viewing
Freeze Frame data, a small arrow is shown in the
upper/lower right-hand corner of the code display area
to indicate the presence of additional information. Use
and
buttons, as necessary, to view the
the
additional information.
„
The Code Reader will display a code
only if codes are present in the
vehicle’s computer memory. If no
codes are present, a “No Enhanced
DTC’s are presently stored in the
vehicle’s computer” is displayed. Press
button to return to
the ENTER/FF
the Ford/Mazda Enhanced menu.
3. If more than one code was retrieved press the DTC SCROLL
button, as necessary, to display additional codes one at a time.
„
Whenever the Scroll function is used to view additional codes,
the Code Reader’s communication link with the vehicle’s
computer disconnects. To re-establish communication, press the
LINK
button again.
4. When the last retrieved DTC has been displayed and the DTC
button is pressed, the Code Reader returns to the
SCROLL
Ford/Mazda Enhanced menu.
„
To view additional enhanced DTCs, repeat steps 1 through 4,
above.
„
To exit the enhanced mode, use the UP
and DOWN
buttons, as necessary, to select Exit from the Ford/Mazda
Enhanced menu, then press the ENTER/FF
button. The
Code Reader returns to the OBD2 DTC screen.
General Motors/Isuzu Enhanced DTCs
When View Enhanced DTCs is selected from the Enhanced Main
Menu (and GM/Isuzu is selected, if prompted), the GM/Isuzu Enhanced
menu displays. You may view the “MIL DTC”, “Current DTC”, “Fail Since
Clear DTC” or “History DTC.”
1. Use the UP
and DOWN
buttons,
as necessary, to highlight the desired
option, then press the ENTER/FF
button.
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A “One moment please” message
displays while the Code Reader
retrieves the selected DTCs.
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If the Code Reader fails to link to the
vehicle’s computer, a “Linking
Failed” message shows on the Code
Reader’s display.
- Verify the ignition is ON, then
press the ENTER/FF
button
to continue.
2. To read the display:
Refer to DISPLAY FUNCTIONS on page 12 for a description
of LCD display elements.
„
A visible
icon indicates that the Code Reader is being
powered through the vehicle’s DLC connector.
„
A visible
icon indicates that the Code Reader is linked to
(communicating with) the vehicle’s computer.
„
The upper right hand corner of the
display shows the number of the
code currently being displayed, the
total number of codes retrieved.
„
The Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC)
and related code definition are
shown in the lower section of the
LCD display.
I/M MONITOR STATUS icons are not displayed when
viewing enhanced DTCs.
In the case of long code definitions, or when viewing Freeze
Frame data, a small arrow is shown in the upper/lower
right-hand corner of the code display area to indicate the
presence of additional information. Use the
and
buttons, as necessary, to view the additional information.
„
The Code Reader will display a code
only if codes are present in the
vehicle’s computer memory. If no
codes are present, a “No Enhanced
DTC’s are presently stored in the
vehicle’s computer” is displayed.
button to
Press the ENTER/FF
return to the GM Enhanced menu.
3. If more than one code was retrieved press the DTC SCROLL
button, as necessary, to display additional codes one at a time.
„
Whenever the Scroll function is used to view additional codes,
the Code Reader’s communication link with the vehicle’s
computer disconnects. To re-establish communication, press the
button again.
LINK
4. When the last retrieved DTC has been displayed and the DTC
SCROLL
button is pressed, the Code Reader returns to the
GM/Isuzu Enhanced menu.
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VIEWING ENHANCED DTCS
„
To view additional enhanced DTCs, repeat steps 1 through 4, above.
„
To exit the enhanced mode, use the UP
and DOWN
buttons, as necessary, to select Exit from the GM/Isuzu
Enhanced menu, then press the ENTER/FF
button. The
Code Reader returns to the OBD2 DTC screen.
Honda/Acura Enhanced DTCs
When View Enhanced DTCs is selected
from the Enhanced Main Menu (and
Honda/Acura is selected, if prompted), the
Honda/Acura Enhanced menu displays.
Depending on the protocol used to communicate with your vehicle, the Honda/Acura
Enhanced menu provides options to view:
„
Permanent DTCs or Temporary DTCs
„
Confirmed DTCs or History DTCs
and DOWN
buttons,
1. Use the UP
as necessary, to highlight the desired
option, then press the ENTER/FF
button.
„
A “One moment please” message
displays while the Code Reader
retrieves the selected DTCs.
„
If the Code Reader fails to link to the
vehicle’s computer, a “Linking
Failed” message shows on the Code
Reader’s display.
-
Verify the ignition is ON, then
press the ENTER/FF
button
to continue.
2. To read the display:
Refer to DISPLAY FUNCTIONS on page 12 for a description
of LCD display elements.
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A visible
icon indicates that the Code Reader is being
powered through the vehicle’s DLC connector.
„
A visible
icon indicates that the Code Reader is linked to
(communicating with) the vehicle’s computer.
„
The upper right hand corner of the
display shows the number of the
code currently being displayed, the
total number of codes retrieved.
„
The Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC)
and related code definition are
shown in the lower section of the
LCD display.
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VIEWING ENHANCED DTCS
I/M MONITOR STATUS icons are not displayed when
viewing enhanced DTCs.
In the case of long code definitions, or when viewing
Freeze Frame data, a small arrow is shown in the
upper/lower right-hand corner of the code display area
to indicate the presence of additional information. Use
the
and
buttons, as necessary, to view the
additional information.
„
The Code Reader will display a code
only if codes are present in the
vehicle’s computer memory. If no
codes are present, a “No Enhanced
DTC’s are presently stored in the
vehicle’s computer” is displayed. Press
button to return to
the ENTER/FF
the Honda/Acura Enhanced menu.
3. If more than one code was retrieved press the DTC SCROLL
button, as necessary, to display additional codes one at a time.
„
Whenever the Scroll function is used to view additional codes,
the Code Reader communication link with the vehicle’s
computer disconnects. To re-establish communication, press the
button again.
LINK
4. When the last retrieved DTC has been displayed and the DTC
button is pressed, the Code Reader returns to the
SCROLL
Honda/Acura Enhanced menu.
„
To view additional enhanced DTCs, repeat steps 1 through 4, above.
„
To exit the enhanced mode, use the UP
and DOWN
buttons, as necessary, to select Exit from the Honda/Acura
Enhanced menu, then press the ENTER/FF
button. The
Code Reader returns to the OBD2 DTC screen.
Toyota/Lexus Enhanced DTCs
When View Enhanced DTCs is selected
from the Enhanced Main Menu (and
Toyota/Lexus is selected, if prompted), the
Toyota/Lexus Enhanced menu displays.
Depending on the protocol used to
communicate with your vehicle, the
Toyota/Lexus Enhanced menu provides
options to view:
„
Current DTCs, History DTCs or Pending
DTCs
„
Current DTCs, Historical
Readiness DTCs
OBD2
DTCs
or
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VIEWING ENHANCED DTCS
1. Use the UP
and DOWN
buttons, as necessary, to highlight
the desired option, then press the ENTER/FF
button.
„
A “One moment please” message displays, while the Code
Reader retrieves the selected DTCs.
„
If the Code Reader fails to link to the
vehicle’s computer, a “Linking
Failed” message shows on the Code
Reader’s Display.
- Verify the ignition is ON, then
press the ENTER/FF
button to
continue.
2. To read the display:
Refer to DISPLAY FUNCTIONS on page 12 for a description
of LCD display elements.
„
A visible
icon indicates that the Code Reader is being
powered through the vehicle’s DLC connector.
„
A visible
icon indicates that the Code Reader is linked to
(communicating with) the vehicle’s computer.
„
The upper right hand corner of the
display shows the number of the
code currently being displayed, the
total number of codes retrieved.
„
The Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC)
and related code definition are shown in
the lower section of the LCD display.
I/M MONITOR STATUS icons are not displayed when
viewing enhanced DTCs.
In the case of long code definitions, or when viewing
Freeze Frame data, a small arrow is shown in the
upper/lower right-hand corner of the code display area
to indicate the presence of additional information. Use
the
and
buttons, as necessary, to view the
additional information.
„
The Code Reader will display a code only
if codes are present in the vehicle’s
computer memory. If no codes are
present, a “No Enhanced DTC’s are
presently stored in the vehicle’s computer”
is displayed. Press the ENTER/FF
button to return to the Toyota/Lexus
Enhanced menu.
3. If more than one code was retrieved press the DTC SCROLL
button, as necessary, to display additional codes one at a time.
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VIEWING VEHICLE INFORMATION
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Whenever the Scroll function is used to view additional codes,
the Code Reader’s communication link with the vehicle’s
computer disconnects. To re-establish communication, press the
button again.
LINK
4. When the last retrieved DTC has been displayed and the DTC
button is pressed, the Code Reader returns to the
SCROLL
Toyota/Lexus Enhanced menu.
„
To view additional enhanced DTCs, repeat steps 1 through 4, above.
„
To exit the enhanced mode, use the UP
and DOWN
buttons, as necessary, to select Exit from the Toyota/Lexus
Enhanced menu, then press the ENTER/FF
button. The
Code Reader returns to the OBD2 DTC screen.
VIEWING VEHICLE INFORMATION
When you select View Vehicle Info from the
Enhanced Main Menu, or press the
ENTER/FF
button from the View Vehicle
Information confirmation message (see THE
ENHANCED MAIN MENU on page 40), the
Vehicle Information menu displays.
The Vehicle Information menu offers two options for retrieving reference
information for the vehicle under test; Vehicle ID and Available
Modules.
Retrieving Vehicle ID Information
The Vehicle ID function is applicable to model year 2000 and
newer OBD2-compliant vehicles.
The Code Reader can retrieve a list of information (provided by the
vehicle manufacturer), unique to the vehicle under test, from the
vehicle's on-board computer. This information may include:
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The vehicle's VIN number
„
The control module identification number
„
The vehicle's calibration ID(s). These IDs uniquely identify the
software version(s) for the vehicle's control module(s).
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The Vehicle's Calibration Verification Number(s) (CVNs) required by
ODB2 regulations. CVNs are used to determine if emission-related
calibrations for the vehicle under test have been changed. One or
more CVNs may be returned by the vehicle's computer.
1. On the Vehicle Information menu, use
the UP
and DOWN
buttons, as
necessary, to highlight Vehicle ID, then
press the ENTER/FF
button.
2. A "One moment please..." message
displays while the requested information
is retrieved from the vehicle's computer.
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The first time the Vehicle ID function is used, it may take
several minutes to retrieve the information from the vehicle's
computer.
3. When the retrieval process is completed,
the vehicle ID information is shown on
the Code Reader's display. Use the UP
and DOWN
buttons, as
necessary, to view the entire list.
4. When you have finished viewing the
retrieved vehicle ID information, press the
button to return to exit.
ENTER/FF
Viewing Available Modules
The Code Reader can retrieve a list of
modules supported by the vehicle under test.
1. From the Vehicle Information menu, use
the UP
and DOWN
buttons, as
necessary, to highlight Available Modules,
then press the ENTER/FF
button.
2. A "One moment please..." message displays while the requested
information is retrieved from the vehicle's computer.
3. When the retrieval process is completed,
a complete list of modules supported by
the vehicle under test is shown on the
Code Reader's display. Use the UP
buttons, as necessary,
and DOWN
to view the entire list.
4. When you have finished viewing the list
of available modules, press the
button to return to exit.
ENTER/FF
ERASING DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTCs)
When the Code Reader’s ERASE function is used to erase
DTCs from the vehicle's on-board computer, "Freeze
Frame" data and manufacturer-specific enhanced data are
also erased.
If you plan to take the vehicle to a Service Center for repair, DO NOT
erase the codes from the vehicle's computer. If the codes are erased,
valuable information that might help the technician troubleshoot the
problem will also be erased.
Erase DTCs from the computer's memory as follows:
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ERASING DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES (DTCs)
When DTCs are erased from the vehicle's computer memory,
the I/M Readiness Monitor Status program resets the status of
all Monitors to a not run "flashing" condition. To set all of the
Monitors to a DONE status, an OBD2 Drive Cycle must be
performed. Refer to your vehicle's service manual for
information on how to perform an OBD2 Drive Cycle for the
vehicle under test.
The Code Reader must be
connected to the vehicle’s DLC to
erase the codes from the
computer’s memory. If you press
the ERASE
button when the
Code Reader is not connected to
the vehicle’s DLC, the erase
instruction screen displays.
The Erase function can be performed only from the OBD2
DTC screen. The Erase function cannot be performed while
the Code Reader is in "enhanced" mode.
1. If not connected already, connect the
Code Reader to the vehicle's DLC, and
turn the ignition "On.” (If the Code Reader
is already connected and linked to the
vehicle's computer, proceed directly to
step 4. If not, continue to step 2.)
2. Turn the ignition on. DO NOT start the
engine. Press and release the
POWER/LINK
button to establish
communication with the vehicle's
computer.
3. Press and release the ERASE
button. A confirmation message shows
on the LCD display.
- If you are sure you want to proceed,
press the ERASE
button again to
erase DTCs from the vehicle’s computer.
- If you do not want to continue with
the erase process, press the
button to exit the
POWER/LINK
erase mode.
4. If you chose to erase DTCs, a progress
screen displays while the erase function
is in progress.
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If the erase was successful, a
confirmation message shows on the
LCD display. Press the POWER/LINK
button to return to the DTC screen.
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If the erase was not successful, an
advisory message shows on the
LCD display. Verify that the Code
Reader is properly connected to the
vehicle’s DLC and that the ignition is
on, then repeat steps 2 and 3, above.
Erasing DTCs does not fix the problem(s) that caused the code(s)
to be set. If proper repairs to correct the problem(s) that caused
the code(s) to be set are not made, the code(s) will appear again
(and the check engine light will illuminate) as soon as the vehicle
is driven long enough for its Monitors to complete their testing.
I/M READINESS TESTING
I/M is an Inspection and Maintenance program legislated by the
Government to meet federal clean-air standards.
The program requires that a vehicle be taken periodically to an
Emissions Station for an "Emissions Test" or "Smog Check,” where the
emissions-related components and systems are inspected and tested
for proper operation. Emissions Tests are generally performed once a
year, or once every two years.
On OBD2 systems, the I/M program is enhanced by requiring vehicles
to meet stricter test standards. One of the tests instituted by the Federal
Government is called I/M 240. On I/M 240, the vehicle under test is
driven under different speeds and load conditions on a dynamometer for
240 seconds, while the vehicle's emissions are measured.
Emissions tests vary depending on the geographic or regional
area in which the vehicle is registered. If the vehicle is
registered in a highly urbanized area, the I/M 240 is probably
the type of test required. If the vehicle is registered in a rural
area, the stricter “dynamometer type” test may not be required.
I/M Readiness Monitors
I/M Readiness shows whether the various emissions-related systems on
the vehicle are operating properly and are ready for Inspection and
Maintenance testing.
State and Federal Governments enacted Regulations, Procedures and
Emission Standards to ensure that all emissions-related components
and systems are continuously or periodically monitored, tested and
diagnosed whenever the vehicle is in operation. It also requires vehicle
manufacturers to automatically detect and report any problems or faults
that may increase the vehicle's emissions to an unacceptable level.
The vehicle's emissions control system consists of several components
or sub-systems (Oxygen Sensor, Catalytic Converter, EGR, Fuel
System, etc.) that aid in reducing vehicle emissions.
To have an efficient Vehicle Emission Control System, all the emissionsrelated components and systems must work correctly whenever the
vehicle is in operation.
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I/M READINESS TESTING
To comply with State and Federal Government regulations, vehicle
manufacturers designed a series of special computer programs called
"Monitors" that are programmed into the vehicle's computer. Each of
these Monitors is specifically designed to run tests and diagnostics on a
specific emissions-related component or system (Oxygen Sensor,
Catalytic Converter, EGR Valve, Fuel System, etc.) to ensure their
proper operation. Currently, there are a maximum of eleven Monitors
available for use.
To learn more about Emissions Inspection and Maintenance
(I/M) Readiness Monitors, see OBD2 MONITORS on page 22.
Each Monitor has a specific function to test
and diagnose only its designated emissionsrelated component or system. The names of
the Monitors (Oxygen Sensor Monitor, Catalyst
Monitor, EGR Monitor, Misfire Monitor, etc.)
describe which component or system each
Monitor is designed to test and diagnose.
Emissions Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Readiness
Monitor Status Information
I/M Readiness Monitor Status shows which of the vehicle's Monitors
have run and completed their diagnosis and testing, and which ones
have not yet run and completed testing and diagnosis of their
designated sections of the vehicle's emissions system.
„
If a Monitor was able to meet all the conditions required to enable it
to perform the self-diagnosis and testing of its assigned engine
system, it means the monitor "HAS RUN.”
„
If a Monitor has not yet met all the conditions required for it to
perform the self-diagnosis and testing of its assigned engine system;
it means the Monitor "HAS NOT RUN.”
The Monitor Run/Not Run status does not show whether
or not a problem exists in a system. Monitor status only
indicates whether a particular Monitor has or has not run
and performed the self-diagnosis and testing of its
associated system.
Performing I/M Readiness Quick Check
When a vehicle first comes from the factory, all Monitors
indicate a “HAVE RUN” status. This indicates that all Monitors
have run and completed their diagnostic testing. The “HAVE
RUN” status remains in the computer's memory, unless the
Diagnostic Trouble Codes are erased or the vehicle's
computer memory is cleared.
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The Code Reader allows you to retrieve Monitor/System Status
Information to help you determine if the vehicle is ready for an
Emissions Test (Smog Check). In addition to retrieving Diagnostic
Trouble Codes, the Code Reader also retrieves Monitor Run/Not Run
status. This information is very important since different areas of the
state/country have different emissions laws and regulations concerning
Monitor Run/Not Run status.
Before an Emissions Test (Smog Check) can be performed, your
vehicle must meet certain rules, requirements and procedures
legislated by the Federal and state (country) governments where you
live.
1. In most areas, one of the requirements that must be met before a
vehicle is allowed to be Emissions Tested (Smog Checked) is that
the vehicle does not have any Diagnostic Trouble Codes present
(with the exception of PENDING Diagnostic Trouble Codes).
2. In addition to the requirement that no Diagnostic Trouble Codes be
present, some areas also require that all the Monitors that a
particular vehicle supports indicate a "Has Run" status condition
before an Emissions Check may be performed.
3. Other areas may only require that some (but not all) Monitors
indicate a "Has Run" status before an Emissions Test (Smog Check)
may be performed.
Monitors with a "Has Run" status indicate that all the
required conditions they needed to perform diagnosis and
testing of their assigned engine area (system) have been
met, and all diagnostic testing has completed
successfully.
Monitors with a "Has Not Run" status have not yet met the
conditions they need to perform diagnosis and testing of
their assigned engine area (system), and have not been
able to perform diagnostic testing on that system.
The green, yellow and red LEDs provide a quick way to help you
determine if a vehicle is ready for an Emissions Test (Smog Check).
Follow the instructions below to perform the Quick Check.
Perform the CODE RETRIEVAL PROCEDURE as described on page
34, then interpret the LED indications as follows:
Interpreting I/M Readiness Test Results
1. GREEN LED - Indicates that all engine
systems are "OK" and operating
normally (all Monitors supported by the
vehicle have run and performed their
self-diagnostic testing). The vehicle is
ready for an Emissions Test (Smog
Check), and there is a good possibility
that it can be certified.
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2. YELLOW LED - Determine from the CODE RETRIEVAL
PROCEDURE (page 34) which of the two possible conditions is
causing the yellow LED to light.
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If a "PENDING" Diagnostic Trouble
Code is causing the yellow LED to
light, it is possible that the vehicle will
be allowed to be tested for emissions
and certified. Currently, most areas
(states / countries) will allow an
Emissions Test (Smog Check) to be
performed if the only code in the
vehicle's computer is a "PENDING"
Diagnostic Trouble Code.
„
If the illumination of the Yellow LED
is being caused by monitors that
“have not run” their diagnostic
testing, then the issue of the vehicle
being ready for an Emissions Test
(Smog Check) depends on the
emissions regulations and laws of
your local area.
- Some areas require that all Monitors indicate a "Has Run"
status before they allow an Emissions Test (Smog Check) to
be performed. Other areas only require that some, but not all,
Monitors have run their self-diagnostic testing before an
Emissions Test (Smog Check) may be performed.
From the code retrieval procedure, determine the status of
each Monitor (a solid Monitor icon shows Monitor "Has Run"
status, a flashing Monitor icon indicates "Has Not Run" status).
Take this information to an emissions professional to
determine (based on your test results) if your vehicle is ready
for an Emissions Test (Smog Check).
3. RED LED - Indicates there is a problem
with one or more of the vehicle's systems.
A vehicle displaying a red LED is definitely
not ready for an Emissions Test (Smog
Check). The red LED is also an indication
that there are Diagnostic Trouble Code(s)
present (displayed on the Code Reader's
screen). The Multifunction Indicator
(Check Engine) Lamp on the vehicle's
instrument panel will light steady. The problem that is causing the red
LED to light must be repaired before an Emissions Test (Smog Check)
can be performed. It is also suggested that the vehicle be
inspected/repaired before driving the vehicle further.
If the Red LED was obtained, there is a definite problem present in
the system(s). In these cases, you have the following options.
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Repair the vehicle yourself. If you are going to perform the
repairs yourself, proceed by reading the vehicle service manual
and following all its procedures and recommendations.
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Take the vehicle to a professional to have it serviced. The
problem(s) causing the red LED to light must be repaired before
the vehicle is ready for an Emissions Test (Smog Check).
On some vehicle models, the computer will store non-emission
related DTCs. These DTCs will not command the MIL on since
they are not emission related. If the Code Reader retrieves
one of these types of codes, the MIL will not be commanded
on, and the Yellow LED on the Code Reader will be
illuminated. In most cases, these types of codes will not
prevent the Emissions Test from being performed.
Using the I/M Readiness Monitor Status to Confirm a Repair
The I/M Readiness Monitor Status function can be used (after repair of a
fault has been performed) to confirm that the repair has been performed
correctly, and/or to check for Monitor Run Status. Use the following
procedure to determine I/M Readiness Monitor Status:
1. Using retrieved Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) and code
definitions as a guide, and following manufacturer's repair
procedures, repair the fault or faults as instructed.
2. After the fault or faults have been repaired, connect the Code
Reader to the vehicle's DLC and erase the code or codes from the
vehicle's computer memory.
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See page 54 for procedures for ERASING DIAGNOSTIC
TROUBLE CODES (DTCs) from the vehicle's on-board computer.
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Write the codes down on a piece of paper for reference before
erasing.
3. After the erase procedure is performed, most of the Monitor icons on
the Code Reader’s LCD display will be flashing. Leave the Code
Reader connected to the vehicle, and perform a Trip Drive Cycle for
each "flashing" Monitor:
Misfire, Fuel and Comprehensive Component Monitors run
continuously and their icons will always be on solid, even after
the erase function is performed.
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Each DTC is associated with a specific Monitor. Consult the
vehicle's service manual to identify the Monitor (or Monitors)
associated with the faults that were repaired. Follow the
manufacturer's procedures to perform a Trip Drive Cycle for the
appropriate Monitors.
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While observing the Monitor icons on the Code Reader’s LCD
display, perform a Trip Drive Cycle for the appropriate Monitor or
Monitors.
If the vehicle needs to be driven in order to perform a Trip
Drive Cycle, ALWAYS have a second person help you.
One person should drive the vehicle while the other
person observes the Monitor icons on the Code Reader
for Monitor RUN status. Trying to drive and observe the
Code Reader at the same time is dangerous, and could
cause a serious traffic accident.
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OBD2
Using the Code Reader
I/M READINESS TESTING
4. When a Monitor's Trip Drive Cycle is performed properly, the
Monitor icon on the Code Reader’s LCD display changes from
"flashing" to "solid,” indicating that the Monitor has run and finished
its diagnostic testing.
OBD2
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If, after the Monitor has run, the MIL on the vehicle's dash is not
lit, and no stored or pending codes associated with that
particular Monitor are present in the vehicle's computer, the
repair was successful.
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If, after the Monitor has run, the MIL on the vehicle's dash lights
and/or a DTC associated with that Monitor is present in the
vehicle's computer, the repair was unsuccessful. Refer to the
vehicle's service manual and recheck repair procedures.
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Glossary
GLOSSARY OF TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
INTRODUCTION
This Glossary contains definitions for abbreviations and terms you may
find in this manual or in your vehicle service manual.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
CARB – California Air Resources Board
CCM – Central Control Module
Computer Control System – An electronic control system, consisting
of an on-board computer and related sensors, switches and actuators,
used to ensure peak performance and fuel efficiency while reducing
pollutants in the vehicle’s emissions.
DIY – Do-It-Yourself
DLC – Data Link Connector
Drive Cycle – An extended set of driving procedures that takes into
consideration the various types of driving conditions encountered in real
life.
Driving Condition – A specific environmental or operation condition
under which a vehicle is operated; such as starting the vehicle when
cold, driving at steady speed (cruising), accelerating, etc.
DTC(s) – Diagnostic Trouble Code(s)
EGR – Exhaust Gas Recirculation
EPA – Environmental Protection Agency
EVAP – Evaporative Emissions System
Fault Code – See DTCs
Freeze Frame – A digital representation of engine and/or emissions
system conditions present when a fault code was recorded.
FTP – Fuel Tank Pressure
Generic Code – A DTC that applies to all OBD2 compliant vehicles.
I/M Readiness – An indication of whether or not a vehicle’s emissionsrelated system are operating properly and are ready for Inspection and
Maintenance testing.
I/M Test / Emissions Test / Smog Check – A functional test of a
vehicle to determine if tailpipe emissions are within Federal/State/Local
requirements.
LCD – Liquid Crystal Display
LED – Light Emitting Diode
LTFT – Long Term Fuel Trim, is a program in the vehicle’s computer
designed to add or subtract fuel from the vehicle to compensate for
operating conditions that vary from the ideal A/F ratio (long term).
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OBD2
Glossary
GLOSSARY OF TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
Manufacturer Specific Code – A DTC that applies only to OBD2
compliant vehicles made by a specific manufacturer.
MIL – Malfunction Indicator Lamp (also referred to as “Check Engine”
light
OBD1 – On-Board Diagnostics Version 1 (also referred to as “OBD I”)
OBD2 – On-Board Diagnostics Version 2 (also referred to as “OBD II”)
On-Board Computer – The central processing unit in the vehicle’s
computer control system.
PCM – Powertrain Control Module
Pending Code – A code recorded on the “first trip” for a “two-trip” code.
If the fault that caused the code to be set is not detected on the second
trip, the code is automatically erased.
STFT – Short Term Fuel Trim, is a program in the vehicle’s computer
designed to add or subtract fuel from the vehicle to compensate for
operating conditions that vary from the ideal A/F ratio. The vehicle uses
this program to make minor fuel adjustments (fine tune) on a short-term
basis.
Trip Drive Cycle – Vehicle operation that provides the necessary
driving condition to enable a vehicle Monitor to run and complete its
diagnostic testing.
VECI – Vehicle Emission Control Information Decal
OBD2
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Notes
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OBD2
Warranty and Servicing
LIMITED ONE YEAR WARRANTY
The Manufacturer warrants to the original purchaser that this unit is free
of defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and
maintenance for a period of one (1) year from the date of original
purchase.
If the unit fails within the one (1) year period, it will be repaired or
replaced, at the Manufacturer’s option, at no charge, when returned
prepaid to the Service Center with Proof of Purchase. The sales receipt
may be used for this purpose. Installation labor is not covered under this
warranty. All replacement parts, whether new or remanufactured,
assume as their warranty period only the remaining time of this warranty.
This warranty does not apply to damage caused by improper use,
accident, abuse, improper voltage, service, fire, flood, lightning, or other
acts of God, or if the product was altered or repaired by anyone other
than the Manufacturer’s Service Center.
The Manufacturer, under no circumstances shall be liable for any
consequential damages for breach of any written warranty of this unit.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have
rights, which vary from state to state. This manual is copyrighted with all
rights reserved. No portion of this document may be copied or
reproduced by any means without the express written permission of the
Manufacturer. THIS WARRANTY IS NOT TRANSFERABLE. For
service, send via U.P.S. (if possible) prepaid to Manufacturer. Allow 3-4
weeks for service/repair.
SERVICE PROCEDURES
If you have any questions, require technical support or information on
UPDATES and OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES, please contact your local
store, distributor or the Service Center.
USA & Canada:
(800) 544-4124 (5:00 AM-6:00 PM, Monday-Friday PST)
All others: (714) 241-6802 (5:00 AM-6:00 PM, Monday-Friday PST)
FAX: (714) 432-7511 (24 hr.)
Web: www.CanOBD2.com
OBD2
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Innova Electronics Corp.
17291 Mt. Herrmann Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Printed in Taiwan
Instruction MRP #93-0229
Copyright © 2008 IEC. All Rights Reserved.
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