How to read Cadillac fault codes
Updated Tuesday Apr 24, 2018
In this guide you will learn how to read Cadillac fault codes. When the Check Engine Light (CEL) or any other warning light such as ABS, Airbag, TPMS turn ON in your Cadillac and you are get warning message on Driver Information Center (DIC), a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) gets stored in one or more control units.
In this guide, we will take a look at how you can retrieve Cadillac fault codes using an OBD-II scanner. Reading Cadillac fault codes is very easy but knowing which scanner to use can be challenging.
Level 1 OBD2 scanners can only be used to retrieve fault codes from your Cadillac Engine Control Unit ECU. Those are faults that trigger the Check Engine warning light on the dashboard. To diagnose ABS and Airbag/SRS warning lights a Level 2 OBD-2 scanner is needed. The procedure for reading Cadillac fault codes is similar regardless of which scanner you are using. If you want to learn more about OBD2 scanners for Cadillac read this article.
1. What you will need
- Level 1 Scanner
- Check Engine Light
- Level 2 Scanner
- CEL, ABS, Airbag, Transmission Diagnostics
- Level 3 Scanner
- Full System Professional Level Diagnostics Scanners
- Cadillac Warning Light and Message on DIC
3. How to read Cadillac fault codes
Park your Cadillac on a level surface and set the parking brakes.
Open the driver's door and locate the OBD-2 port.
Plug your scanner into the OBD2 port
Turn on the ignition by turning the key to position II. If your Cadillac has START/STOP feature press the button without pressing the brake pedal.
Allow your scanner to turn on. Follow the promptings on your scanner to read fault codes.Back to top
4. Read/Clear Cadillac Check Engine Light
Watch this video to learn how use a Level 1 OBD 2 scanner to read and clear Cadillac Check Engine Light codes.Back to top
5. Diagnose Cadillac Anti-lock Brake System
Watch this video to learn how to use a Level 2 OBD 2 scanner to retrieve Cadillac Anti-lock Brake System codes.Back to top
6. Diagnose Cadillac Airbag Warning Light
Watch this video to learn how to use a Level 2 OBD-II scanner to troubleshoot Cadillac Airbag Light on.Back to top
- 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.
- Basic code readers typically can only diagnose check engine light. To diagnose ABS, Airbag and Transmission problems a more advanced scanner is needed.