Digital Annex of E/E Diagnostic Test Modes
On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) regulations require passenger cars, and light and medium duty trucks, to support
communication of a minimum set of diagnostic information to off-board “generic” test equipment. This document specifies
the diagnostic data which may be required to be supported by motor vehicles and external test equipment for diagnostic
purposes which pertain to motor vehicle emission-related data.
SAE J1979 was originally developed to meet U.S. OBD requirements for 1996 and later model year vehicles. ISO
15031-5 was based on SAE J1979 and was intended to combine the U.S. requirements with European OBD
requirements for 2000 and later model year vehicles.
Rationale: This document has been issued to make available the initial version of J1979-DA. This Digital Annex contains exactly the
same data as Appendices A through G of the J1979 document which was published September 2010. The intent is to
eventually provide this document as an excel document with more frequent updates than the base J1979 document.
J1979-DA is referenced by both SAE and ISO standards.
Electrical, Electronics, and AvionicsOn-board diagnostics (OBD)DiagnosticsTests and Testing
Also known as: SAE J 1979
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