How do I know if my car has an OBD port?

RearVision is designed to work on all standard passenger vehicles (cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans) built and sold in the United States after January 1, 1996, the year On-Board Diagnostic ports became standard. In general, this means all 1996 model year (and later) cars have a standardized OBD-II port, which is required for the Pearl Car Adapter, an integral part of RearVision.

To determine if your car is OBD-II equipped:

  1. There will be an OBD-II connector port somewhere within 3 feet of the driver position. (Look under the steering wheel or dash.)
  2. There will be a sticker or nameplate under the hood that reads, "OBD II compliant."

What’s an OBD-II port look like?

It’ll look similar to the image below.

 

Note that there are two types of OBD-II ports:

  • Type A 12V OBD-II ports (pictured above, supported for use with RearVision) present in most standard passenger vehicles, such as cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans.
  • Type B 24V OBD-II ports which are typically found in heavy duty and commercial vehicles (not supported for use with RearVision).

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