Where is the Ford Ranger OBD port location?

The check engine light in my Ford Ranger just came on, and I’m pretty sure I know why. Before I spend a fortune at the repair shop, I want to check the codes so I know what to expect. Where is the OBD port on a Ranger?

Macy Fouse · Answered on Feb 13, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
When it comes to a check engine light, it’s best to take care of it ASAP since it could indicate serious problems with your truck. While this may differ by model and year, the Ford Ranger’s OBD port is located on the left side of the steering wheel near the foot pedals.
If you want to check out your OBD codes yourself, you don’t have to go and buy a scanner unless you really want to. Your local auto parts store—like O’Reilly Auto Parts or AutoZone—will usually have one you can use for free.
If you have a scanner at home or are borrowing one, its instruction manual will be your best guide. Don’t have the manual? Don’t sweat it. These instructions apply to almost all scanners:
  • Ensure your engine is off, then remove the plastic cover from your OBD plug if needed
  • Connect the OBD scanner to your Ford, then crank the engine
  • Insert any information your scanner requires, like your VIN
  • Push the “Scan” or “Start” button to view your error codes on the screen
  • Record the data from your scanner so you’ll know what to tell the mechanic if you need repairs
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