How to read ACURA Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) Faults

How to read ACURA Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) Faults

Last Updated on Tuesday Mar 06, 2018

If the Check Engine Light (CEL) or warning lights such as ABS, Airbag, TPMS are staying ON in your ACURA, a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) gets stored in at least one control unit or module. In this guide, we will take a look at how you can diagnose and retrieve ACURA fault codes using an OBD-II scanner. Knowing which scanner to use to read ACURA fault codes can be tricky.

Level 1 OBD2 scanners can only be used to retrieve fault codes from your ACURA Engine Control Unit. Those are faults that trigger the Check Engine warning light on the dashboard. To diagnose ABS and Airbag/SRS warning lights you will need a Level 2 OBD-2 scanner. The procedure for reading ACURA fault codes is similar regardless of which scanner you are using.

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1. Read Acura Fault Codes

What you will need

In this article, we take a look at several Acura/Honda OBD-2 scanners and including scanners used at the dealer. 



Step 1

How to read ACURA fault codes

Park your ACURA on a level surface and set the parking brakes.

Step 2

How to pull codes on ACURA via OBD2 port

Open the driver's door and locate the OBD-2 port under the dashboard.

Step 3

Plug scanner into ACURA port for diy troubleshooting

Plug your scanner into the OBD2 port

Step 4

Turn ON ACURA ignition to read and clear codes with a scanner

Turn on the ignition by turning the key to position II. If your ACURA has START/STOP feature press the button without pressing the brake pedal.

Step 5

Allow your scanner to turn on. Follow the prompts on your scanner to read fault codes. Instructions can vary between models.

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2. Diagnose ACURA Check Engine Light

Watch this video to learn how to use a Level 1 OBD 2 scanner to read and clear ACURA Check Engine Light codes.

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3. Diagnose ACURA Anti-lock Brake System

Watch this video to learn how to use a Level 2 OBD-II scanner to retrieve ACURA Anti-lock Brake System codes.

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4. Diagnose ACURA Airbag Warning Light

Watch this video to learn how to use a Level 2 OBD-II scanner to troubleshoot ACURA Airbag Light on.

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  1. If your scanner cannot communicate with the ECU ensure your scanner is compatible with your year, make and model. Also check that the 16 pin connector is fully inserted into the OBD-II port. 
  2. Basic code readers typically can only diagnose check engine light. To diagnose ABS, Airbag and Transmission problems a more advanced scanner is needed.