OBD tools in Australia what do you need and how does it all work? The below article will cover what cars OBD2 tools will work with and what features they have to offer and how to tell if your car has OBD2.
The easy answer is if your car is in Australia and 2006 or newer then it was a requirement that it was full OBD2 compliant. Australia was a bit behind that eight ball here as all cars in the USA from 1996 are fully OBD2 compliant which would be a lot easier. So, if your car is 2006 or new you are in luck as you can use any of our OBD2 scan tools. The difference between the tools are basically the data they can display and how they display the data.
Basic OBD2 Scan Tool WiFi or Bluetooth – These devices allow you to check any engine fault codes coming from your vehicle. These are the codes that will make the engine check light turn on your dashboard. These tools are quite cheap and you just plug them into your car’s OBD2 port which will be with 50cm of the steering wheel so normally just under the steering wheel somewhere and looks like the bottom half of a triangle and has 16 pins. Once this is plugged in you can leave it plugged in and connect your phone or tablet to this device and download an app to view live engine data and view/clear engine fault codes. They are great tools as they allow you to work out what is wrong with your car without having to take it to a mechanic just to tell you something basic. So, it will save you $$$$.
Hand Held OBD2 Scanners Basic – These are handheld tools that will do everything the above scan tools will do but they have their own screen and interface so all you need to do is plug it in to your OBD2 port and you are away.
Full System Handheld OBD2 Scan tools – These tools will allow you to check any faults from your car and this can include engine, airbags, abs etc. These are basically professional level tools and they just plug into your OBD2 port and have their own screen and interface that will show you all the data that you want to see. For example, when a fault is recorded on your car it will take a freeze frame of when it happened so you can see a number of values that will help your work out why it happened. It will also give you the fault code and description of this so you can work out where the problem is. This code be your air flow sensor for example.
Now that was the easier part as these cars are all 2006 or newer. What happens if your car is older? There is a chance that if your car is between 2001 and 2006 that it will be fully OBD2 compliant. We have a list for this here and are also working to improve it. But sometimes the only way to find out is to send us a message.
The next lot of cars are the OBD1 or manufacturer specific OBD cars. These are most likely between 1995 and 2006. We are currently building a list of options for these cars and we will have some new products coming soon. But basically, these cars will need a OBD tools that connects to your computer (windows) then you install the software on your computer and you can see a number options and fault codes.
Hopefully this has helped out and do not hesitate to get in contact with us! Or view our range of tools here