Try The OBD-II For Diagnosing Your Engine Problems

Our cars today are pretty smart and will in all likely hood get smarter. If the so-called engine light shows up on your dash, then you know it’s time for your engine to get checked out.

It might be a minor issue that gets rectified in no time or it could be a symptom of the beginning of a much larger problem. Either way, you want it sorted out at the earliest chance possible.

Today car diagnostic tools can help you as a savvy automotive owner diagnose the problem yourself.

How? You might ask. Well, given that our vehicles today have self-diagnostic and reporting capabilities, what you would need is an OBD to find out what could be wrong with your car should the engine light on your dash come on.

OBD is the acronym for On-Board Diagnostics. Initially, the earlier OBD version would only serve the purpose of detecting problem(s) in your engine and notifying you through illuminating the engine light on your dash. But they were incapable of communicating to you what the actual problem was.


Today, however, this diagnostic tool is quite advanced in reading possible problems that could be a cause of concern in your vehicle’s engine. The OBD-II uses a standardized digital communications port to provide real-time data to you or your repairman.

The OBD-II also uses DTC’s or diagnostic trouble codes that help you quickly identify what the problem is and allows your mechanic to remedy the malfunction. In essence, this modern diagnostic tool takes the guesswork on fixing your engine out of the equation.

What Is The OBD-II Capable Of?

It is also very easy to use. You simply connect it to the car’s port, start the car, and activate the scanning function. Because this tool is standardized, it can be used to retrieve data from any car.

Some of the data that the OBD-II reports include:

  • Vehicle speed
  • Throttle position
  • Brake position
  • Driving habits
  • Crankshaft position
  • Engine rpm
  • Camshot position


These are pretty basic functions that would be helpful to you as a driver. At our garage, we use an advanced OBD-II diagnostic tool and other sophisticated tools that show us the car sensors at the time as well as relay live data.

With more than 3000 generic fault codes in addition to manufacture’s specific codes, it takes some highly trained and experienced technicians and the help of high-tech equipment to know exactly how to get to the root of the problem.

You as a driver might find this diagnostic tool helpful as you would be able to diagnose what the issue is with your engine if you do not know what the codes displayed by the tool mean, you could look them over on the Internet because they are standardized. Solving the issue, however, might present another challenge for DIY enthusiasts.

It is likely, that others like you may have faced a similar issue with their car and you might get a step by step solution by checking out online forums where other drivers share how they managed to solve a similar engine problem.

Should you find the problem is above your experience and tools, then it’s time to give us a call so our team of experts can help fix the engine problem for you.