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Nibelungen
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Jul 24, 2014, 11:33 PM

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Hi, I am fairly new to doing car repairs and working on my vehicle and since I pcsed to korea, and purchased an old Hyundai Sonata I thought I would get to learning a bit as it is an old car and I do not wish to shell out hundreds for repairs if I can learn and do them myself with a bit of sweat, blood and elbow grease after I have learned what I am doing. My first question is about what kind of car diagnostic reader I would need to get for my car, I have read on various sites around the net that OBD2 is the standard and that my car should have a plug for it but to be honest I tried a friends Bluetooth OBD2 sensor and could not figure out how to get it to plug in, into the slot the mechanic pointed out to me, either I am a dunce or it is the incorrect type so here I am to ask people that may know more than me what their take on this is.

TL:DR: Not sure which sensor to get for car diagnostics - pictures of plug included

Car type: Hyundai Sonata III
Year: 1998
Engine Size: unk everything is in Hangul/Korean
Mileage: 162000

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Discretesignals
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Jul 25, 2014, 12:28 AM

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Not quite sure what you found there. On vehicles here in the states the OBD 2 connector is standardized. If yours has one, it will be located in the bottom part of the dash above the gas pedal.

If yours doesn't have an OBD2 connector, that connector may be for the factory scan tool (Hi scan pro or G scan) or an enhanced scan tool with the correct cabling.







Since we volunteer our time and knowledge, we ask for you to please follow up when a problem is resolved.

(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Jul 25, 2014, 12:36 AM)


Nibelungen
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Jul 25, 2014, 12:50 AM

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Thankyou for the quick reply, I took a look at the location and there are a series of plugs but they are all plugged into something else, is it normal to have to remove one to plug in the OBD2 interface?


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 25, 2014, 1:56 AM

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OK: First off IDK what specific would be required for Korea so would hope it had the "Owner's or AKA Operator's" manual for at least some contact info with the company.


Hyundai apparently sold this car new for use in Korea so would meet specs for there. You may need to buy information on this specific vehicle thru the auto maker or another source for the professional shops that would service and repair it. About every vehicle will have a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) or it's serial # seen thru windshield and assorted places throughout the car, driver's door jam, glove boxes and other places and you need to know that #. Hope they match and if not I would go by the one seen thru the windshield.


I simply don't know if it requires or uses OBDII or what so you do need to find out and if the connector is standard for this car or not. Like many auto makers they do export to almost anywhere. Naturally they will want you to deal with only them but there would be non Hyundai parts and info also available almost certainly. You may do well to plain go to an auto parts place and find out what you will need to be able to do what at least as far as code reading much of that has to do with emissions controls and engine functions and more too.


Hard to believe but don't know but bet they make a model with about no emission controls or safety items most places do require but could vary wildly,


Good luck,


T



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Jul 25, 2014, 2:32 AM

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Here's where the American version is











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Nibelungen
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Jul 25, 2014, 3:28 AM

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I will check again but I do not think there was something like that and I guess its back to the manufacturer, the manual I have is completely in Hangul, so I will have to either get someone to translate it or do it myself by hand which may take some time, thanks again for the help and the quick responses.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 25, 2014, 4:13 AM

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Translation from existing book could be a real problem. Acronyms are really abbreviations for a longer word in one language then what would you do?


This car maker should have an English (if best for you) version for anything I would sure hope. Yikes, on line or paper car parts are not heavily listed in any dictionary I've used. That alone makes things tougher,


T







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