The OBD-II port on a Subaru vehicle is typically located under the dashboard on the driver’s side. It is often found near the steering column or where the driver’s side door meets the dashboard when it is closed. However, it is always recommended to check the vehicle owner’s manual for the specific location of the OBD-II port on your particular make and model of Subaru.
You will need to look deep under the dashboard (above the brake pedal) for the 16-pin connector shown below. All Subaru vehicles from 1996 and newer have an On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) port.
This includes Forester, Impreza, WRX, Legacy, and Outback models.
Subaru OBD-II Port Not Working
There are several common causes for a Subaru OBD-II port not working properly:
- Loose or corroded connections: The OBD-II port may not be properly connected to the vehicle’s onboard computer, or the connections may be corroded.
- Faulty OBD-II port: The OBD-II port itself may malfunction and need to be replaced.
- Fuse issues: A blown fuse for the OBD-II port may be causing the issue, which will need to be replaced.
- Onboard computer malfunction: The vehicle’s onboard computer may malfunction, preventing the OBD-II port from functioning properly.
- Battery and power-related issue: If the car battery is weak or does not provide enough power, it can cause the OBD-II port not to work.
It is always recommended to consult the vehicle owner’s manual and have the vehicle inspected by a professional mechanic to determine the exact cause of the problem.
Do all Subarus have OBD2 port?
Yes, all Subaru vehicles manufactured after 1996 are equipped with an OBD-II (On-Board Diagnostics II) port. This port is used for diagnostics to retrieve vehicle information and troubleshooting issues. It is typically located under the dashboard on the driver’s side and It is often found near the steering column or in the area where the driver’s side door meets the dashboard when it is closed. It is always recommended to check the vehicle owner’s manual for the specific location of the OBD-II port on your particular make and model of Subaru.
What scan tool does Subaru use?
Subaru uses the Subaru Select Monitor (SSM) as its official scan tool. The SSM is a factory scan tool specifically designed to work with Subaru vehicles. It can diagnose and troubleshoot issues, read and clear diagnostic trouble codes, and access vehicle information. The SSM is typically only used by authorized Subaru dealerships and certified Subaru technicians. There are also third-party scan tools compatible with Subaru vehicles, such as YOUCANIC UCAN-II Full System Scanner or those made by other OBD2 tool manufacturers like Autel, Innova, Actron, and so on. These tools can perform many of the same functions as the SSM and are typically more affordable and easier to use for the independent mechanic or car enthusiast.
We hope you find the Subaru OBD2 Diagnostic Port Location guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Subaru.