Modern vehicles have internal computers that not only control the overall performance of your car, truck or SUV, but they also alert you to a problem by generating trouble codes. Of course, if your vehicle’s computer produces one, you need to know what your trouble code means.
Before exploring what each code means and how to fix it, you should understand two important concepts.
The error detected may be dependent on what different makes of vehicles are capable of generating. That is, you may see a certain code on an OBD-II system for your BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Jeep, Subaru, Toyota or another type of vehicle. Additionally, while an OBD code is not necessarily specific to a certain make or model of vehicle, the steps required to remedy it likely depend on the type of car, truck or SUV you drive.
You can get to the bottom of your vehicle’s diagnostics by purchasing your own code reader, or you can bring your car to your local AutoZone and get it scanned as a part of our free Fix Finder service.