The importance of checking your car's OBD codes

By Jane Osuagwu
Publish on June 17, 2019

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The OBD code helps to identify problems in the car and alerts the driver. Its benefits are undeniable for your beloved vehicle. See other reasons you should read your car's OBD code here!

Cars are known to be people's personal possession. Car owners ensure that their vehicles carry out its function to maximum capacity. They do this, by conducting a regular inspection on the vehicle, updating systems and having an auto expert diagnose a problem with the car and fixing it as well. With all the time and money spent to keep the car running, there are problems that'll still arise while you are driving on the road, leaving you stuck with no idea about what caused the problem. sometimes, the issue is coming from the OBD codes which requires you to read it to ascertain the exact problem.

That's why Naijauto has put up this post to let you know the importance of checking your car's OBD codes.

1. What is OBD code?

To start with, let's define the exact meaning of car OBD codes.

OBD means On-Board Diagnostic. It’s a car's electronic system which carries out self-diagnosis and reporting. When a car has a problem, the system will detect it and record it in the form of a code. With the OBD code, a lot of car issues can be detected and fixed.

The OBD has come a long way, even before the infotainment system. The OBD was manufactured for two reasons. The first was to control emissions while the second was in a bid to adopt the electronic fuel injection that replaced the carburetor during the 80s.

2. Why you should check OBD codes?

Let's see the reasons you should check the OBD codes before you take your car to the mechanic.

2.1. It instantly displays the actual problem

If you've become an expert behind the wheels, you should know the reason for inspecting the car engine light. You may be driving on the road and forget to close the gas cap, the OBD code reader will show you the exact information regarding the issue via a unique code for you to take the necessary action.

An-OBD-scanner-used-in-the-car

The OBD scanner gives the exact diagnosis of the problem with a car

>>> Check here [OBD2 scanner basics] How to understand trouble codes and clear them

2.2. There’re no hefty repairs

Every driver knows that a visit to the mechanic ends with them parting away with a huge amount of money on repairs. But when you are able to identify what the problem is through the OBD codes and can also fix it up yourself, it will save you some bucks. Only get the right tool to fix it up.

Mind you, the car engine light can't identify the problems the way the OBD code does.

2.3. It identifies weather issues

Vehicles tend to stop in the road during extreme weather. Here, a lot of car issues can be identified as the culprit. These issues can be a reduced tyre pressure, battery dying or a loose gas cap. And when any of these occurs, an OBD scanner becomes handy to help you diagnose the exact issue before a mechanic exploits you.

Before you head to the mechanic to fix a car issue, ensure you've read the OBD codes to ascertain the problem beforehand. This is going to help you save money and time.

>>> See other car care tips on our tips and advice section.

Jane Osuagwu

Jane Osuagwu is an automotive writer at Naijauto.com.She's a car enthusiast who loves creating educative and informative topics on cars, ranging from maintenance tips to updates on the latest trend in the auto industry in mechanically yet friendly writing. 

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