Where is the 2020 Ford Escape OBD port location?

My 2020 Ford Escape usually runs perfectly, so I’ve forgotten how to run a diagnostic test on it when things go wrong. Today my Check Engine Light came on. Where’s the OBD port so that I can run a diagnostic?

Melanie Johnson · Answered on Feb 21, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
We’re glad you’re usually car-problem-free! The OBD port location in a 2020 Ford Escape is under the dashboard to the left of the steering wheel. Look for a black 16-pronged port.
Did you know that all vehicles produced from 1996 on are required to have an Onboard Diagnostics II (OBD-II) port that monitors the emissions, engine, and transmission systems performance? This is the port you’ll need to access in order to interact with your Ford Escape’s internal computer to run a diagnostic.
You’ll need an OBD-II scan tool to run the diagnostic. If you don’t have one handy, we suggest taking your SUV to a Ford dealership or a trusted mechanic instead. Unless you’re very mechanically savvy, it can be challenging to run a diagnostic without a scan tool.
If you do have a scanner, simply follow these steps to run a diagnostic on your Ford Escape:
  • Plug the scan tool directly into the 16-pronged OBD-II port.
  • Power on the scan tool and turn your Ford Escape’s key to the On position—but don’t crank the engine.
  • Press “Scan” on the scan tool and follow the precise instructions on its screen.
That’s it! If all goes according to plan, the scan tool should provide you with a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC). You’ll need to read the trouble code accurately in order to correctly diagnose your Ford Escape’s problem—so be sure to follow the scan tool’s directions carefully.
We hope your Ford Escape is back in perfect operating condition very soon!
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