Jan. 12, 2012
-- OBD is known as "on board diagnostics."
The 1995 Dodge Dakota has an OBD diagnostic system that monitor engine malfunction and records it in its computer as a code. Reading the trouble codes will help identify which engine part is experiencing trouble so you can fix it. There are a few ways to read engine codes. Some will work for your Dakota car while others will not, relying on whether the instrument panel is digital and what type of engine it has. Using a scanning device is the only sure and perfect method for retrieving the trouble codes.
You'll Need OBD scanner for this job.
Use an OBD scanner device to read the engine trouble codes electronically. Link the device to the test port, found out under the instrument panel on the driver's side. Turn the key to the "On" position and follow the prompts on the scanner. Choose the option to read the trouble codes. Scan device services are available at most car parts retailers free of charge.
Turn the key on and off a few times (on, off, on, off, on), ending with the engine on. Do not launch the engine. Do this for three repetitions. Watch the check engine light for codes. The light will flash several times to indicate the first number of a two-digit code, pause, and then flash a few times again to indicate the second number. Code 32 signals the end of the diagnostic sequence.
Press the "Trip/Reset"
and "Odometer" buttons at the same time while turning the ignition to the "On" position. Wait several seconds then release the buttons. This will run a diagnostic check on all instruments panel first, and then an engine code sequence will start. You may have to press the "Trip" button again after releasing the buttons, relying on your specific Dakota.
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