How to go about reading your Volvo OBDII codes
Your Volvo OBDII stores information on how the car is running. If there’s a fault(s), that fault will be stored as a code in the computer’s memory. The fault may or may not also trigger a warning light like “Check Engine” or the dreaded flashing arrow. To see these codes on 1997 and newer Volvos, you must take your Volvo to:
- a Volvo Dealer (call first to check price, reading should be free)
- independent mechanic (call first to check price, reading should be free)
- parts supplier (call first to check price, reading should be free)
- or buy an OBDII tool to do it yourself ($100 – 300)
Having a Volvo OBDII code reader is useless and a waste of money — if you have a shop nearby that’ll read your codes for you for free. The Volvo dealer near me did it a couple times for me, then I traded some advertising on this site for it.
I’d get a Palm device-compatible code reader software product. Anything over $100 is a rip, in my opinion, but you may not be able to find anything less than that.