When your check engine light comes on in your car or you are having other problems an OBD scan tool can help you work out what the problem is. But how do you know what version OBD your car has and if an OBD2 scan tool will work with your car.
Is my car obd2 compliant??
If you car ends up having OBD1 then it may only have limited information. In addition, for each brand of car you will need a different tool as they did not use a common communication protocol. So please see our post here on what OBD1 scan tools that we have. OBD1 Here
So you need a car that is OBD2 compliant to be able to easily access data with a common scan tool.
Two Questions to ask:
Was your car made before 1995? If yes then your car will have OBD1
Does your car have an OBD plug that looks like the below? If yes then your car is OBD2 (And might be fully OBD2 compliant) if it has a different looking plug then and made before 1995 then it is OBD1.
(However in some cases with cars between 1995-2005 they can have a plug that looks like this but cannot be accessed easily as they did not have the full OBD2 protocol.)
Here in Australia most our cars are from Japan, Europe or made in Australia for some models.
The below is when they made it compulsory for cars made for these markets to have OBD2.
When did OBD2 start – All cars made for the Australian market from 2005-2006 – So if your car was new in Australia after 2005 it will have OBD2 and you can use an OBD2 scan tool.
The below is for new and used imported cars into Australia.
European Petrol Cars made from 2001 had OBD2
European Diesel Cars made from 2003 had OBD2
Japanese cars did not have to have OBD2 but if they were made for other markets then they had to have it. So, if you have a Japanese vehicle between 2001-2005 then there is a chance it may have OBD2, but more research will need to be done.
Please contact us if you would like to find out! Just click here to send us an email with your vehicle make and model and we will get back to you asap.
So, to conclude if you are in Australia and your vehicle is newer than 2005-06 you will be good to go to use and OBD2 reader to gain information and insights from your car as it is OBD2 compliant.
If not and you are still unsure then please get in contact with us or view the OBD2 list on this page.
Below are the tools we suggest to get more information from your car if it is OBD2.
Get one of our OBD-AUS scan tools for only $35.00. Read all about them here.