Is Moving The OBD Port A Good Idea?

Friday, 28 July 2017  |  Admin

You may have heard its a good idea to move your vehicles OBD port? But is it... Moving the OBD port seems like a good idea at first due to the amount of car thieves knowing the location for each vehicle. and car forums suggest this as the cheapest method to stop your car getting stolen. Sadly this is not the case the OBD port normally has a very restricted harness length ( around 4-5 inches ) meaning if you do remove the port and plug in an extension lead to relocate it the thieves will still know the original port won't be far from the original location point.

This method is common on the Ford ST owners forum, sadly this has caused more problems than it has solved, when taking the vehicle into Ford's for diagnostics or a software upgrade they will refuse to work on the vehicle, if the OBD port is not in it's original location fully working. This is understandable due to some people modifying the looms so the live and negative are round the wrong way in hope it will damage a key cloning OBD machine.

What is the best way to protect your vehicle? Have one of our alarms installed with OBD port immobilisation. This will stop the OBD port working when the alarm is armed, and when disarmed it will function as per normal meaning remapping, diagnostics and software updates are not a problem. This also means the OBD port will remain in it's original location and cause no issues when taking the vehicle into the main dealer.