As we know every car come with an error code system equipped in a car which allows the car owner or mechanic to diagnose and troubleshoot what is the problem with the car. There are two ways of obtaining and reading a car's error codes, relying on the tool you have and the year in which your car was manufactured. Cars manufactured after 1996 can use either an OBD 2 Scanner to read OBDII code or an SCS Service Connector Tool to read the MIL code, while cars manufactured prior to 1996 only have the SCS Service Connector Tool option. When the codes have been obtained, reading and understanding Honda trouble codes also is a simple task.
You'll Need OBD 2 Scan Tool, SCS Service Connector Tool, and Computer for this job.
Obtaining the Codes with an OBD 2 Scan Tool
Install the OBD2 Scan Tool software onto your home computer or laptop. Each software and scan tool is different, so follow the instructions that came with your specific product. Run the program once it is finished installing.
Find out the car's 16-pin data link connector. For most Honda cars, the DLC is generally located under the glove compartment, but some cars have the DLC located under the driver's side of the dashboard, under the passenger's side of the dashboard, or on, around or in the center compartment. See the documentation that came with your car for its specific DLC location.
Connect the 16-pin connector on the OBD 2 Scan Tool to the car's DLC port. Connect the other end of the scan tool to one of the USB ports on the computer. Turn the car's ignition to the "On" position.
Click the "Scan" or "Obtain Codes" button on the scan tool software's interface. The exact way of scanning for error codes may vary between different software programs, so see the user manual that came with your product for specific details. Write down the OBD 2
error code on paper that appears on the computer screen for future reference. For example error code is "P0320."
Obtaining Codes with a SCS Service Connector Tool
Find out the car's two-pin SCS check connector. For most Honda cars, this connector is located under the passenger side of the instrument panel. Other cars, however, may have their connectors located on, around or inside the center console, under the right or left-hand side of the dashboard or under the glove box. See your car's manual for its exact location.
Link the SCS Service Connector Tool to the SCS check connector and turn the car's ignition to the "On" position.
Attention to the flashes displayed by the check engine light to obtain the correct MIL error code. Long flashes signify the first code, while short flashes signify the second code. For instance, a flash code that is comprised of four long flashes, followed by two short flashes would signify the MIL code "42." Write the code down on paper for future reference.
Reading the Codes
Open the computer's web browser and look for by search engine.
Locate the OBDII or MIL error code you obtained in either Section 1 or Section 2 on the list of error codes. Match the error code with its corresponding error. For both of the instances, OBDII code "P0320" and MIL code "42," and then the result will display on the screen clearly. For more information, you can search for online. There are a lot of online stores over the internet; you can find that what you need online.