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Corresponds to 1551/1552 Address Word 33 or "OBD" on a VAS 5051/5052

Generic OBD-II functionality. Because many of VW's recent factory repair manuals no longer have traditional 01-Engine "On Board Diagnostic" information and have replaced it with "Generic Scan Tool" data, this has become much more important than it was in the past. Click the "Mode" buttons in the screen-shot above for an interactive demo.

Each Generic OBD-II mode is defined by SAE J1979 - the specification paper is available from: Below is a brief overview of what each Mode does, refer to a Factory Repair Manual for specific information and testing steps.

VC-Scope is able to graph generic OBD-2 Mode 1 data:.

screenshot of the VC-Scope Screen

Generic OBD-II functionality is "Supported" only on VW, Audi, Seat, and Skoda cars. It will likely work on many other brands of cars. We'd be happy to receive feedback as to what other brands and models of cars it does and does not work on, however, we do not feel obligated to make it work on other manufacturer's cars.

Generic OBD-II functionality is limited to cars using ISO 9141-2 ("CARB"), ISO 14230 ("KWP-2000") and ISO-15765 ("CAN") protocols. None of our interfaces support the SAE J1850-VPW and J1850-PWM protocols used by most US-market pre-2008 GM and Ford products, so VCDS cannot work at all on those cars. Most early (1996-2000) OBD-II compatible Chrysler cars used the compatible ISO-9141-2 while many 2001-2007 Chrysler cars use the incompatible SAE-J1850 standard. Most European and Asian cars use ISO or CAN and should be compatible. Generic OBD-II compatibility was required as of model year 1996 in the USA, model year 1998 in Canada, and 2001 (gasoline) or 2004 (diesel) for in the European Market. All 2008 and newer vehicles sold in the US are required to use CAN-Bus diagnostics for Generic OBD-II so it shouldn't hurt to try this function on any brand.

Interfaces: Our HEX-NET, HEX-V2, and HEX+CAN interfaces support ISO 9141-2 ("CARB"), ISO 14230 ("KWP-2000") and ISO-15765 ("CAN") protocols. Our non-CAN HEX-, KEY-, and KII- series interfaces support ISO 9141-2 ("CARB"), ISO 14230 ("KWP-2000"), but do not support ISO-15765 ("CAN"). Our Micro-CAN interface support ISO-15765 ("CAN"), but do not support ISO 9141-2 ("CARB") or ISO 14230 ("KWP-2000") for generic OBD-II. The ISO-15765 ("CAN") protocol was introduced in a few cars in model year 2004 and became universally required in all cars sold in the US market for model year 2008.

Please see the FAQ entry: What's the difference between VCDS and an OBD-II Scan-Tool?

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