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Toyota Read Check Engine Codes without OBD2 Scanner

On Toyota vehicles equipped with OBD-I, you can read the fault codes without a diagnostic tool. Unfortunately, this procedure only works on 1995 and older Toyota vehicles.

If you need to read codes on a newer Toyota, see how to read Toyota OBD-II fault codes.

Toyota Read Check Engine Codes without OBD2 Scanner
ESTIMATED TIME 15 min
DIY COST $0
DIFFICULTY Easy

 

  1. Park vehicle and set the emergency brakes. Park Toyota read fault codes

     

  2. Turn key to position II. All dash lights should be ON. Do not start the engine. Turn on igntion to read Toyota check engine codes without a scanner

     

  3. Pull the hood release and open the hood. Open hood to locate diagnositc port and read toyota engine codes without a scanner

     

  4. Locate the diagnostic port in the engine bay. This is known as Diagnosis Connector 1 or DLC1. Port used to read Toyota codes without a scanner

     

  5. Use a copper wire or paper clip to short terminals TE1 and E1.
  6. Go back inside the car and count the number of flashes for the check engine light

This procedure will not work on Toyota vehicles equipped with OBD-II. For most 2000 and newer vehicles, you will need a code reader to read check engine fault codes. 

OBD-I Codes

  • 1    Normal Condition.
  • 2    Air Flow Meter signal.
  • 3    Ignition signal.
  • 4    Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor signal.
  • 5    Oxygen Sensor.
  • 6    RPM signal (Crank Angle Pulse).
  • 7    Throttle Position Sensor signal.
  • 8    Intake Air Temperature Sensor signal.
  • 9    Vehicle Speed Sensor signal.
  • 10    Starter signal.
  • 11    Switch signal.
  • 11    ECU/ECM.
  • 12    Knock Control Sensor signal.
  • 12    RPM signal.
  • 13    Knock Control CPU (ECM).
  • 13    RPM signal.
  • 14    Turbocharger Pressure.
  • 14    Ignition signal.
  • 21    Oxygen Sensor.
  • 22    Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor signal.
  • 23    Intake Air Temperature Sensor signal.
  • 24    Intake Air Temperature Sensor signal.
  • 25    Air-Fuel Ratio Lean.
  • 26    Air-Fuel Ratio Rich.
  • 27    Sub Oxygen Sensor signal.
  • 28    No. 2 Oxygen Sensor signal.
  • 31    Air Flow Meter signal (Vacuum Sensor signal).
  • 32    Air Flow Meter signal.
  • 34    Turbocharger Pressure signal.
  • 35    Turbocharger Pressure Sensor signal.
  • 35    HAC Sensor signal.
  • 41    Throttle Position Sensor signal.
  • 42    Vehicle Speed Sensor signal.
  • 43    Starter signal.
  • 51    Switch signal.
  • 52    Knock Sensor signal.
  • 53    Knock Sensor signal.
  • 54    Inter-cooler ECM signal.
  • 71    EGR System.
  • 72    Fuel Cut Solenoid signal.
  • 78    Fuel Pump Control signal.
  • 81    TCM Communication.
  • 83    TCM Communication.
  • 84    TCM Communication.
  • 85    TCM Communication.

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