OBD Port Accessibility

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OBD Port Accessibility

Post by besters » Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:26 am

Hi all,

Anyone have trouble plugging in an OBD reader? I have a wireless adapter and also a full VCDS adapter, problem is the plastic surrounding the port is too tight against the socket so it won't physically fit without removing the OBD port which of course is a pain in the butt. I have considered trimming away the plastic around the port, at least it won't be seen. Maybe there's a slim adapter that can 'extend' the port away from the plastic?

Anyone got around this problem?

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Re: OBD Port Accessibility

Post by Alan Gunn » Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:33 am

Strange not had that before.
I would take the panel off first just to make sure it's fitted correctly.
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Re: OBD Port Accessibility

Post by besters » Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:39 pm

Yeah sounds like the right thing to try first, thanks!

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Re: OBD Port Accessibility

Post by smilie121 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:40 pm

I have the same issue with my OBDeleven in my 2016 Passat

It is in a small panel about 17 x 17cm held on by a single T20 screw. I had to remove this allowing the panel to drop and remove the port from inside to plug in mine. You will note it is angled and the issue is the shape of the OBDeleven does not fully insert due its large than port dimensions (white bit bigger). I think I will be I have a go at shaving or adapting - will update if i do.

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Re: OBD Port Accessibility

Post by besters » Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:29 pm

I had noticed the port was angled, I'll drop the panel out when I get chance.

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Re: OBD Port Accessibility

Post by smilie121 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:19 pm

Here you go:

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Looking at the first image, you can see what needs trimming - sharp Stanley should do the job and its out of sight. Also you can see last time I removed it I didn't clip it back properly - note the empty black notch. Requires a bit of bending. The panel is held in by one torx 20 about 15mm long.

In photo 2 to remove the port, you press the inner plastic pieces and it easily comes out.

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Re: OBD Port Accessibility

Post by besters » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:52 am

Thanks for the photos and explanation.

Had time to check mine yesterday, the port was clipped in correctly. You can clearly see the port is angled, see the photo with my Ross-Tech adapter plugged in to the point where it contacts the trim on the front side, there's no way it will push in. I have found an obd extension cable with slimmed down connectors that might do the job but as it's hidden away I'm going to trim away the leading edge of the plastic trim instead. Does make you think what type of plug VW dealers use with their kit, probably done this way so that no other brand can be used.
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Re: OBD Port Accessibility

Post by smilie121 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:52 pm

So i had a look and i am not confident shaving off some plastic will work ... it will be too time consuming.

The plastic is fairly thick and i am wondering if its worth dremelling with a stone to grind down. May look ugly but its well out of sight.

I am also considering making a little " block extension " from the inside so the port would protrude more as there is plenty of cable. The angle however may prove to be the downside in terms of stability.

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Re: OBD Port Accessibility

Post by besters » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:44 pm

You are quite right, you need to remove a good amount of plastic, here's my weekend effort with the Dremel. Only took about half hour plus cleaning up time.

You have to remove a large chunk of the leading edge and also an area at the back that protrudes slighly, ok it isn't pretty but it's hidden.
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Re: OBD Port Accessibility

Post by besters » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:47 pm

A couple more, hopefully you can see how much needs removing.
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Re: OBD Port Accessibility

Post by smilie121 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:57 pm

I didn't think it would be as bad as that?!?!

I will have to have a go modding it in a few weeks. I have had bad news from home and will be out of the picture for a bit. I will post with any updates of the work i do

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Re: OBD Port Accessibility

Post by besters » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:03 pm

I cut out just enough to get the plug in. I have a wifi adapter that has a bigger body to it and that only just goes in while still rubbing on the sides of the trim.

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Re: OBD Port Accessibility

Post by smilie121 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:16 pm

I think i will give chopping it up a miss

There are various odb extension cables with what appear to be shallow plugs that should allow it to fit -same as rosstech cable.

Even at the most expensive odbeleven's £20 extension -the cost is worth the hassle and back ache bending upside down in there.

Check ebay for cables starting at £6

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Re: OBD Port Accessibility

Post by smilie121 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:16 pm

I ordered this just a few moments ago

https://www.amazon.co.uk/bbfly-A15-Spli ... +ex&sr=8-9

Not quite a tenner and the cable allows for modding. Not read that purpose yet but may be useful in the future. There are cheaper cables around £6 to £9 but many are 8 pin and not 16 so are not a true pass through cable. Ads state the 8pin cables work 90% of vehicles and within software needs but in my eyes the gamble and potential limit of pins is not worth the gamble of £3.

Secondly nearly all of the cheaper cables look like they wouldn't fit due to the shape of connector or the 90 degree angle of the cable would probably prevent it fitting. This looked more of a guaranteed fit versus all the rest. I will report back upon receipt.

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Re: OBD Port Accessibility

Post by smilie121 » Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:54 pm

Update: The cable plugs in perfectly and the ODBeleven works without issue.

Shame about cutting up the underside - at least it can't be seen

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