Installing OBDLink in your vehicle

Step 1: Locate the OBD-II diagnostic connector in your vehicle

The diagnostic connector is always located in or near the interior dashboard of your vehicle.  The diagnostic connector will usually be exposed, but sometimes it’s hidden under a decorative plastic cover, or behind an ashtray or coin tray. The most common location is below the steering column, just below the driver’s dash area.



Step 2: Turn ignition key to the ‘ON’ position

On some vehicles the ‘ON’ position is marked with the Roman numeral ‘II’. If there are no markings, turn the key clockwise and stop just short of starting the engine.

key_ignition


Step 3: Plug OBDLink into your diagnostic connector

Don’t use excessive force, but make sure it fits snugly.


OBDLink MX Bluetooth is used in the above video, but the process is the same for all OBDLink devices.

Once plugged in, the ‘Power’ LED will turn solid green.

For Bluetooth models, the ‘BT’ light will flash slowly. For Wi-Fi models, the ‘Wi-Fi’ light will flash slowly.

If all LEDs are off, check the cigarette lighter/auxiliary power port fuse.

Android Quick Start Guide

Step 1: Download the app from Google Play


There are two options to download the app to your smartphone or tablet:

Option 1:

From your Android device, tap the ‘Google Play‘ app. Search for “OBDLink“.

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Tap the ‘Install’ button, then ‘Accept‘ the app’s permissions. The OBDLink app automatically completes the installation on your Android device.

Option 2:

Visit the OBDLink app page on Google Play using your preferred web browser. Log into Google Play. If you have multiple Android devices, select the target device. Click the ‘Install‘ button:

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Note: The OBDLink app can be installed on each of your Android devices. The OBDLink app works exclusively with OBDLink brand adapters.


Step 2: Locate the OBD-II diagnostic connector in your vehicle

The diagnostic connector is always located in or near the interior dashboard of your vehicle. The diagnostic connector will usually be exposed, but sometimes it’s hidden under a decorative plastic cover, or behind an ashtray or coin tray. The most common location is below the steering column, just below the driver’s dash area.

DLC icon


Step 3: Plug LX Bluetooth into your diagnostic link connector (DLC)

Don’t use excessive force, but make sure it fits snugly.


Step 4: Turn ignition to Key On Engine Off position

On some vehicles the ‘ON’ position is marked with the Roman numeral ‘II’. If there are no markings, turn the key clockwise and stop just short of starting the engine.

key_ignition

Once plugged in, the ‘Power’ LED will turn solid green.

For Bluetooth models, the blue ‘BT’ LED will emit a flash every 3 seconds.

mxbt_lights

If all LEDs are off, check the cigarette lighter/auxiliary power port fuse.


Step 5: Open ‘Settings’ app, and enable ‘Bluetooth’

Turn bluetooth on


Step 6: Tap ‘Bluetooth – Pair with a device’

Choose bluetooth pair with a device


Step 7: Press the ‘Connect’ button on OBDLink LX

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Step 8: Wait for OBDLink LX to appear on the ‘Available devices’ list

Scanning for OBDLink LX

Note: Tap ‘Scan’ if OBDLink LX does not show in Available devices.


Step 9: Tap ‘OBDLink LX’ to pair the device

Select OBDLink LX


Step 10: Tap ‘OK’ in the ‘Bluetooth pairing request’ dialog

BT pairing request LX OK

Note: LX will now appear as ‘Paired’
OBDLink LX paired


Step 11: Launch the OBDLink app, and tap ‘Connect’

Connect OBDLink app


 Step 12: Choose ‘Bluetooth’

Choose bluetooth


 Step 13: Choose ‘OBDLink LX’

Select OBDLink LX device

The app will now establish a connection with OBDLink and detect which OBD-II protocol your vehicle uses. Once the app establishes a connection with LX, the ‘Bluetooth’ LED will turn on solid. Tap ‘Diagnostics’ to start a scan.

All lights on

Windows PC Quick Start Guide

Step 1: Enable Bluetooth on your Windows PC, Laptop, Netbook, or Tablet


If you are using an USB-to-Bluetooth adapter, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing any required Windows device drivers.

If your computer has built-in Bluetooth, make sure it’s enabled. Consult the Owner’s Manual for your PC for detailed instructions.


Step 2: Locate the OBD-II diagnostic connector in your vehicle

The diagnostic connector is always located in or near the interior dashboard of your vehicle. The diagnostic connector will usually be exposed, but sometimes it’s hidden under a decorative plastic cover, or behind an ashtray or coin tray. The most common location is below the steering column, just below the driver’s dash area.

DLC icon


Step 3: Plug OBDLink into your diagnostic connector

Don’t use excessive force, but make sure it fits snugly.


OBDLink MX Bluetooth is used in the above video, but the process is the same for all OBDLink devices.

Once plugged in, the ‘Power’ LED will turn solid green.

For Wi-Fi models, the ‘Wi-Fi’ light will emit a flash every 3 seconds.


Step 4: Turn ignition key to the ‘ON’ position

On some vehicles the ‘ON’ position is marked with the Roman numeral ‘II’. If there are no markings, turn the key clockwise and stop just short of starting the engine.

key_ignition


Step 5: Make OBDLink discoverable

Press the ‘Connect’ button. The ‘BT’ light will start blinking faster as shown here:

attention_splatAttention! You will have 2 minutes to complete Step 3 below.

If you need more time, press the ‘Connect’ button again.


 Step 6: Pair OBDLink with your Windows computer

Open the Windows System Tray and right-click the Bluetooth icon (circled in red below), then click ‘Add a Device’.

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Windows will automatically discover and display your OBDLink device as shown below. Click ‘OBDLink’, then click ‘Next’.

win_bt_discovered

NOTE: Some Windows Bluetooth adapters support Numeric Comparison. If this applies to your Bluetooth adapter, you will see the following screen. Simply ignore the ‘Compare pairing codes’ request, select ‘Yes’, and then click ‘Next’. If you are given an option to pair without a code or enter the PIN, choose to enter the PIN ‘1234’

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NOTE: Some Windows Bluetooth adapters use PINs. If this applies to your Bluetooth adapter, you will see the following screen. If you are given an option to pair without a code, or enter the PIN, choose to enter the PIN ‘1234’.

Legacy bluetooth pair

Windows will confirm that OBDLink was successfully installed by displaying the screen below.

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If OBDLink did not install correctly, press the ‘Connect‘ button on OBDLink and repeat Step 3.


Step 7: Install the OBDwiz application

Download and install the latest version of OBDwiz. Your license key is located on an insert included inside the OBDLink retail box.

Note: Verify that you have successfully paired OBDLink with Windows (as detailed in the ‘Windows – Establish Bluetooth Connection’ guide) and that your vehicle key is set to the ‘On’ position before continuing.


Step 8: Initial Software Setup

Click the ‘Auto Detect’ button, circled in red here:

obdwiz_autodetect

OBDwiz will check all known COM ports and baud rate options and auto-configure itself to work seamlessly with your OBDLink adapter. When Auto-Detect is complete, you will see a dialog box similar to below:

obdwiz_device_found


Step 9: Connecting to your vehicle

Click the ‘Connect’ button (circled in red below):

obdwiz_connect

OBDwiz will cycle through all legislated OBD-II protocols and detect which is used by your vehicle. A status screen will indicate progress of the automatic protocol detection:

obdwiz_proto_detect

On many vehicles, there are multiple on-board computers (ECUs) that reside on the OBD-II network.

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Since OBD-II protocol dictates that you can only connect to one ECU at a time, it’s recommended you connect to the ECU reporting the most Supported PIDs first (you can always re-connect and select an alternate ECU). Click ‘Continue’.


Step 10: Accessing Data

OBDWiz can diagnose ‘Check Engine’ trouble codes, monitor real-time vehicle performance, check emissions readiness, log trips and much more.  To begin exploring these capabilities, click on a task along the left-hand side of the main screen:

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Each task has multiple tabs that provide more specific information or actions associated with the selected task:

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Below each tab, you can click on a specific action button:

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