Take your vehicle to a qualified automotive technician to determine the severity of the problem and what service or repairs are required. Normally the illumination of the MIL is not an indication of a malfunction that requires immediate attention, but an unresolved malfunction may lead to more serious problems or costly repairs.
On-board diagnostics (OBD) is a term referring to a vehicle's self-diagnostic and reporting capability. OBD systems give the vehicle owner or repair technician access to the status of the various vehicle sub-systems.
For all vehicles beginning in 1996, the OBD port is located on the steering column. The OBD port is of little value for people who want to purchase a used vehicle; it is not accessible for diagnostic purposes on such vehicles. However, it has become increasingly important for people who want to repair or upgrade their vehicles after purchase.
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An OBD-I code is a code that identifies a problem that can be repaired without removing the engine cover. These codes are divided into three groups: