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- What is OBD?
- Common Chrysler OBD II (P1) Enhanced Codes
- Common Ford OBD II (P1) Enhanced Codes
- Common Generic OBD II (P0) Enhanced Codes
- Common GM OBD II (P1) Enhanced Codes
- Do I need adapters for different vehicles?
- How do I know if my vehicle is OBD I or OBD II on-board diagnostics equipped?
- What are DLCs?
- What are DTCs?
- What are Enhanced OBD II codes?
- What are Freeze Frames?
- What are Generic OBD II codes?
- What are I/M Monitors?
- What are PIDs?
- What is CAN?
- What is MIL Status?
- What is the Erase Codes function?
- What is the View and Display LIVE Data function?
- Which AutoXray Scan Tools and Code Readers work on 1994 & 1995 GM vehicles?
- Will the AutoXray Scan Tools retrieve Anti-Lock Brake or Airbag codes?
- What is the difference between OBD I and OBD II cars?
- What are Pending Codes?
What is OBD?
OBD stands for On-Board Diagnostics. In the early 1970s the U.S. adopted The Clean Air Act, which mandated that vehicle manufacturers develop more efficient, lower emission vehicles. Manufacturers soon determined that mechanical systems alone were not sufficient to achieve the emission reductions required by the new law. This led to the development of the first computer-controlled automotive OBD. A car's OBD system is comprised mainly of software designed into the vehicle's on-board computer to detect emission-control system malfunctions as they occur by monitoring virtually every component and system that can cause increases in emissions.