Car diagnostics for everyone

OBD Auto Doctor is a must-have tool for everyone interested in getting to know their cars better.

  • Figure out why the check engine light is on and explore diagnostic trouble codes
  • Monitor fuel economy and get your car ready for emissions test
  • View engine parameter and sensor data in real-time, monitor engine performance

Vehicle summary view

For gasoline and diesel engines

OBD Auto Doctor works with both gas and diesel engines. The only requirement is that your car is OBD-II compliant.

Supports multiple control units

Depending on your car, you might be able to talk, for example, to transmission controller in addition to the always supported engine controller.

Available in multiple languages

The user interface is translated to the following languages:

English English Finnish German Italian Dutch Portuguese Portuguese Brazil French Polish Spanish Swedish

Diagnostic Trouble Codes and Freeze Frame

Diagnostics Trouble Codes (DTCs) are codes that the vehicle's electronic control unit (ECU) generates when it detects malfunction or other issues.

There are three different types of DTCs:

  • Confirmed Codes indicate confirmed malfunctioning components. These may require vehicle service to fix.
  • Pending Codes indicate temporary failed components. These don't necessarily imply malfunctioning component.
  • Permanent Codes indicate historic confirmed codes. These will be cleared only by the OBD system automatically.

The codes in all these different types are grouped into four categories:

  • Pxxxx codes relate to powertrain
  • Bxxxx codes relate to body
  • Cxxxx codes relate to chassis
  • Uxxxx codes relate to network or undefined

Read: What to do when Malfunction Indicator Light illuminates?

Diagnostic Trouble Codes view

Freeze Frame is a captured recording of the engine's conditions at the time a malfunction is detected. It can provide valuable information for diagnosing intermittent problems. The Freeze Frame contains:

  • DTC that caused the malfunction
  • Recording of parameter readings

In addition to reading the generic and manufacturer specific diagnostic trouble codes and freeze frame, you can also reset the DTCs. This will also clear the Check Engine Light. The software contains also offline DTC database for searching and browsing all the trouble codes. The DTC database contains over 14000 trouble codes that the software has description for.

It's also possible to export or save the Diagnostic Trouble Code and Freeze Frame information to a text file. The file can be then easily shared with others, or archived on a disk for later need.

Read: OBD2 Freeze Frame explained

Readiness Monitors

The purpose of readiness monitors to vehicle is to self-test their emission systems. The readiness monitors identify whether the vehicle's computer has completed the required tests while the vehicle is being driven.

Vehicles perform up to 11 system tests, these are so called readiness monitors.

The software supports both readiness monitor groups:

  • Status since DTCs cleared. These self-check routines are reset only when the Check Engine Light and the Diagnostic Trouble Codes are cleared.
  • Status for this driving cycle. The completion criteria is reset to "Not ready" upon starting a new monitoring cycle.

Readiness monitors can have different completion status:

  • Ready (green mark) meaning that the test has been completed
  • Not ready (red mark) meaning the test is uncompleted at the moment
  • Disabled (gray mark) meaning the test is disabled for the rest of this monitoring cycle

Note! Depending on your country, OBDII vehicle may not pass the annual inspection unless the required monitors are "ready". For example, the US Environmental Protection Agency guidelines allow up to two monitors to be in a "not ready" state for model year 1996 through 2000 vehicles and one monitor "not read" for 2001 and newer model year vehicles. Now you can check the emission readiness yourself!

Read: Readiness monitors explained

Readiness Monitors view

Sensors & Parameters

Sensors and parameters are what most of you find the most interesting part of the software. You can monitor all the sensor values that your car reports in real-time.

The software updates the values in sequential order as fast as possible. The speed depends only on the adapter. The more expensive genuine adapters will perform faster than the cheap clone OBD2 adapters. In addition to showing the current values, minimum, average and maximum values are provided too.

Some typical sensors include engine coolant temperature, fuel pressure, intake manifold absolute pressure and air flow rate from mass air flow sensor, to list few of them. The software has support for over 126 powertain parameters (PIDs) in the range of $00 - $7F. You can pick the most suitable data reading units; both metric and imperial (English) units are available.

You can also export or save the live sensor data to a .csv file. This file can be opened with Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, for example. These external tools allow you to create custom graphs of your data.

The Sensor Graph or oscilloscope can plot any numeric sensor value that is supported. With the OBD oscilloscope, you can visualize sensor value changes easily. Graphs are great tools because they communicate information visually. Even large amount of data, or fast changing data can be interpreted much better when expressed as a graph. Graphs help you to identify sudden spikes and trends in the data.

In addition to visualizing the numeric OBD data, our software enables you to save the graphs to your computer as image files. You can share the images with your mechanics or friends, or you can post them to automotive forums when asking repair advice from fellow DIYers.

The current version of the software allows you to pick up to 6 sensors to monitor simultaneously.

Read: The OBD-II sensors and parameters supported by OBD Auto Doctor

OBD Scope view

With the Sensor Graph Grid you can monitor up to four different sensors side by side. Each of the sensors have their own graph. In some cases this makes it easier to interpret the data compared to the Sensor Graph.

You can pick any supported sensor with numerical value to the grid. The graphs are updated as fast as the car and adapter provides the data.

The newest addition to the monitoring toolkit is Sensor Histogram. Histogram is an invaluable tool for data visualization in sensor data analysis. It can help you identify the distribution of different values within the mass of raw data.

You can pick any supported sensor with numerical value to the histogram. The histogram is updated as fast as the car and adapter provides the data.

Real-time Sensor Histogram view

Diagnostic Monitoring Tests

Diagnostic monitors provide insight into the self-monitoring tests that the vehicle performs.

Oxygen sensor monitoring test results provide measurement data from the oxygen sensor monitors. The data include current test values as well as minimum (the minimum value to which the test result is compared) and maximum (the maximum value to which the test result is compared).

This service is OBDII MODE $05 and it shall be available only on vehicles using ISO 9141-2, ISO 14230-4 or SAE J1850 protocol.

On-board monitoring test results for Specific Monitored Systems provides access to the results of on-board diagnostic monitors for specific components and/or systems. Examples of these are catalyst monitoring and the evaporative system monitoring. The components and systems are either continuously monitored (e.g. misfire monitoring for gasoline vehicles) or non-continuously monitored (e.g. catalyst system). In addition, this service can be used as an alternative to the OBDII MODE $05 to report oxygen sensor test results.

This service is OBDII MODE $06. It shall be available only for ISO 15765-4 (CAN).

Read: Using OBD2 Mode $06 for advanced car diagnostics

On-Board Monitoring Tests view

Bi-directional controls and performance tracking

OBD2 is designed mainly for diagnostics but it has support for a few bi-directional controls and performance counters as well.

On-board service routines enable you to control the operation of an on-board system, test or component. While most OBD2 services simply read information from the car, this service allows bi-directional communication. The service basically allows you to command the vehicle's on-board system to initiate or perform specific tests. In that sense, this service or mode is rather powerful tool.

The current version of the OBD2 standard defines three services all of which OBD Auto Doctor supports:

  • Evaporative system leak test
  • Particulate Filter (PF) Regeneration
  • Inducement System Reinitialization

Read: Mode 8 - The bidirectional controls in OBD2

In-Use Performance Tracking allows you to follow the In-use Performance Counter values. These counters show the number of times the component or system conditions have been encountered.

In-use performance tracking view

What else is there?

The on-board computer typically provides some information about itself too. You can check these details, and communicate directly with the computer using the console.

Vehicle and ECU Info view

Electronic Control Unit information provides the ECU name, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), Calibration Identification (CALID) and Calibration Verification Numbers (CVN) plus the supported sensors.

Troubleshoot console view

The Troubleshoot console is targeted for advanced users only. With the console you can troubleshoot problems by sending custom commands directly to the vehicle. Only for those who know what they do!

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