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XMAS | July 28, 2019

Does 2016 model X have a OBD-II PORT

Enzodriver | July 29, 2019

No, OBD-11 ports are found on ICE / Fossil fuel vehicles only.

TeslaTap.com | July 29, 2019

Actually the Model S and X both have an ODB-II port. The Model 3 does not. It's not very useful, as almost no data is available from diagnostic tools. This makes sense, as ODB is really to monitor the engine and emission controls that don't exist on an EV.

You can use the ODB port as a source of always on power for a dashcam, but there are easier places to tap in most S/X vehicles.

TeslaTap.com | July 29, 2019

I'll also add most products that connect into the ODB port, such as dongles to monitor speed for insurance, will not work.

Vawlkus | July 30, 2019

If memory serves, the port is tucked away under the armrest between the two front seats. There’s a port/door that can be opened for access near floor level.

TeslaTap.com | July 30, 2019

@Vawlkus - On the S (original and refresh), the OBD port is located under the dash, drivers side (LHD) towards the outside of the car. Since the X uses the same dash, I've assumed it's the same, but haven't actually looked.

Never heard or seen port door in the center pedestal. What car/variant have you seen this?

ratchet | July 30, 2019

Just checked my X and found the OBD port in the same location @TeslaTap described for the S. I have not tried connecting my code scanner to the port because it reads "Check Engine" light faults that are primarily related to the emission control system.

Vawlkus | July 31, 2019

It was something I saw on TMC forums. I’d have to try to dig it back up. I remember it because I was working on routing usb power around to the top of the cabin for a GoPro dashcam setup.

TeslaTap.com | July 31, 2019

@Vawlkus - Perhaps you were thinking of the aux power connection, which is in the passenger side of the center console in newer cars (under the outside cover). Not sure the date when they added the aux power connection. I do remember it's not super easy to get too and there are easier places to tap into.

Vawlkus | August 1, 2019

No, the picture/video pointed out the USB routing where it could be tapped into, but also showed the OBD port because the thread was about where to install one of those insurance company sensors for lower rates.

TeslaTap.com | August 1, 2019

@Vawlkus - Do you have a link to the image/video? I suspect they misidentified the Tesla diagnostics connector as OBD. The diagnostics connector resides behind the cubby over the center console.

Vawlkus | August 2, 2019

Unhappily I haven’t found it yet. I can’t even remember where it was linked to from (TMC I think?).

akikiki | March 1, 2020

Vawlkus, Its been a while, I guess you didn't find that picture. But you could have quit while you were ahead. If Teslatap tells you something, you can count on it being both true and accurate.

Vawlkus | March 2, 2020

Neither of us are omnipotent or omniscient. I haven’t given up, but I do have a finite amount of time to search for that stuff.

BossHoss | March 8, 2020

OBD Port works great on my 2020 MX when installing a Blackvue DR900S-2CH Dashcam.

It was "plug and play" to get power to the Dashcam so I did not have to figure out or worry how and where to "modify" into the car's electrical system.

This is what I used... https://www.thedashcamstore.com/blackvue-power-magic-ez-obd2-adapter/

It has worked flawlessly since installed 8 or so months ago.

TeslaTap.com | March 9, 2020

@akikiki - Thanks!
@Vawlkus - I have the same problem - see something a few months ago and then can't remember exactly where it was! Perhaps the photo/article incorrectly described the Tesla diagnostics connector (behind the cubby) as OBD. It is not OBD but does allow access to the various CAN busses. Some people have made adapters to connect one of the CAN busses from the diagnostics connector to an ODB monitor, such as some of the Bluetooth units I've seen.