Where is the OBD port location on a Ford Escape?

I’m taking my SUV in to get serviced for some nagging issues. I was chatting with the mechanic on the phone, and the first thing they said they’d do is plug their scan tool into the OBD port to pull any potential trouble codes from the SUV’s computer. I asked “where in the heck is an OBD port” and then my phone’s battery died. I should call back, but instead I’ve just been sitting here in suspense, in the dark and wondering…where is the OBD port location on a Ford Escape?

Jason Tushinski · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The OBD port on a
Ford Escape
is usually located underneath the steering wheel and to the left. This may vary slightly from model year to year, but you should find the Escape’s OBD port close to the steering wheel.
Now if you are sitting in the dark wondering where the OBD port is in your Escape (totally normal behavior, by the way), we’ll going to go out on a limb and assume you are also wondering what the heck is an OBD port? We’re here to tell you.
An OBD port, or on-board diagnostic port is a universal connector that is used by mechanics to access your Escape’s computer systems. When a mechanic plugs into the OBD port (and hence your car’s on-board computer) with an OBD scan tool, they will be able to run numerous tests and
read OBD codes
to diagnose the problems(s) affecting your ride.
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