Honda and Acura Connector Locations

Updated on March 25, 2016

Help! My Check Engine Light Is On!

Whether you are using an auto code scanner in a business, or for your own personal use, there is one very important thing you need to know—where is the computer connector?

If you are lucky, you might be able to find the connector (also called a data link connector) without a lot of hunting, if you are familiar with the different places that most manufacturers hide them. I use the word "hide" because the manufacturers are not exactly forthcoming about such locations. They want you to come to them for any necessary service.

If you are smart, you can and should have some knowledge of why your check engine light is on before you seek outside assistance. An online or manual search of where that all important connector to plug in an auto code scanner, can be exhausting, and not always fruitful.

Where's My Connector?

While there are websites that provide that information upon providing your auto's make, model, and year, they are sometimes difficult to find and wade through.

There are seventeen typical auto computer connector locations. They are:

  1. Behind an ashtray.
  2. Bottom dash, above the hood release.
  3. Dash on right, underneath.
  4. Driver side of dash, above hood release-left hand side of instrument panel.
  5. Front of center console, driver side.
  6. Front of center console, passenger side.
  7. In front of shifter.
  8. Inside a cavity, lower dash, but next to center console.
  9. Left edge of dash, left of hood release.
  10. Left driver side on dash.
  11. Lower edge of dash, next to transmission tunnel.
  12. Passenger side of the console.
  13. Steering wheel, underneath, center.
  14. Right driver side on dash.
  15. Under driver side of dash, and next to kick panel.
  16. Under the glove box on the passenger side of dash.
  17. Under the passenger dash.

Keep in mind that the exact location can vary, depending upon the year, make, and model. An example would be a manufacturer that locates the connector under the passenger side of the dash in 1996, doesn't mean that the next year it wouldn't be under an ashtray or somewhere else. Additionally, some connectors are located upside down, so some attention needs to be paid to this factor when trying to connect.

The key thing to remember, is that since 1996, all auto computer code connectors are found somewhere inside the front passenger compartment.

1999-2001 Acura Integra.
1999-2001 Acura Integra. | Source

1996-2001 Integra Connector Location

Year
Location
Covered?
1996
Under passenger dash
No
1997
Under passenger dash
No
1998
Under passenger dash
No
1999
Under passenger dash
No
2000
Under passenger dash
No
2001
Passenger side of console
Yes
Honda NSX.
Honda NSX. | Source

1996-2005 NSX Connector Location

Year
Location
Covered?
1996
Under passenger dash
No
1997
Under passenger dash
No
1998
Under passenger dash
No
1999
Under passenger dash
No
2000
Under passenger dash
No
2001
Under passenger dash
No
2002
Under passenger dash
No
2003
Under passenger dash
No
2004
Under passenger dash
No
2005
Under glove box on passenger side dash
Yes

Honda Acura NSX Tribute

2005 Acura RL.
2005 Acura RL. | Source

1996-2009 RL Connector Location

Year
Location
Covered?
1996
Passenger side in front of center console
No
1997
Passenger side in front of center console
No
1998
Behind ashtray
No
1999
In front of shifter, remove ashtray
Yes
2000
In front of shifter, remove ashtray
Yes
2001
In front of shifter, remove ashtray
Yes
2002
In front of shifter, remove ashtray
Yes
2003
Cavity, lower dash, next to center console
No
2004
Cavity, lower dash, next to center console
No
2005
Bottom dash, above hood release
No
1998-99 Acura SLX
1998-99 Acura SLX | Source

1996-1999 SLX Connector Location

Year
Location
Covered?
1996
Left edge of dash, left of hood release, facing down.
No
1997
Left edge of dash, left of hood release, facing down.
No
1998
Drive side dash, above hood release, behind cover.
Yes
1999
Left edge of dash, left of hood release, facing down.
No
2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL
2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL | Source

1996-2009 TL Connector Location

Year
Location
Covered?
1996
Above shifter, remove ashtray
No
1997
Behind ashtray, remove
No
1998
Behind ashtray, remove
No
1999
Behind ashtray, remove
No
2000
Above shifter
No
2001
Above shifter
No
2002
Above shifter
No
2003
Under driver side dash, behind right side
No
2004
Under driver side dash, next to kick panel
No
2005
Under left-hand side of instrument panel
No
2006
Under driver dash next to kick panel
No
2007
Under driver side dash next to kick panel
No
2008
Under driver side dash next to kick panel
No
2009
Under driver side dash next to kick panel
No
1998-1999 Acura CL
1998-1999 Acura CL | Source

1997-2003 CL Connector Location

Year
Location
Covered?
1997
Center console behind ashtray
No
1998
Passenger side of console
No
1999
Behind ashtry
No
2001
Behind ashtry
No
2002
Behind ashtry
No
2003
Under driver side dash behind right side
No
Note: There were no Acura CLs made in 2000.
2001-2003 MDX.
2001-2003 MDX. | Source

2001-2003 MDX Connector Location

Year
Location
Covered?
2001
Under dash at right, facing down
No
2002
Behind ashtray
No
2003
Under dash at right, facing down
No
2004
Under dash at right, facing down
No
2005
In cavity, lower dash, next to center console
No
2006
In cavity, lower dash, next to center console
No
2007
In cavity, lower dash, next to center console
No
2008
In cavity, lower dash, next to center console
No
2009
Lower edge of dash, next to transmission tunnel
No
2004-2005 TSX
2004-2005 TSX | Source

2004-2009 TSX Connector Location

Year
Location
Covered?
2004
Under driver side dash, next to kick panel
No
2005
Under driver side dash, next to kick panel
No
2006
Under driver side dash, next to kick panel
No
2007
Under driver side dash, next to kick panel
No
2008
Under driver side dash, next to kick panel
No
2009
Under driver side dash, next to kick panel
No
2005 RSX
2005 RSX | Source

2002-2006 RSX

Year
Location
Covered?
2002
Under driver side dash, next to kick panel
No
2003
Under driver side dash, next to kick panel
No
2004
In cavity, lower dash, next to center console
No
2005
Under driver side dash, next to kick panel
No
2006
Under driver side dash, next to kick panel
No
2007 RDX
2007 RDX | Source

2007-2009 RDX

Year
Location
Covered?
2007
In cavity, lower dash, next to center console
No
2008
In cavity, lower dash, next to center console
No
2009
Under driver side dash, next to kick panel
No

Under Cover?

Manufacturers of all vehicles since 1996, have played around with not only the placement of the computer code connectors, but also whether or not they are covered. Some of the manufacturer's will do both.

You'll find that if they are covered, it is with either a rubber or plastic cover, or even a hinged door. It will be necessary to remove, or open this, before you can connect your auto code scanner..

Questions & Answers

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      • profile image

        Murphy 

        4 years ago

        2000 Acura TL - is above the shifter at the bottom of the dash and you have to pull the cover off.

      • honda-stream profile image

        honda-stream 

        5 years ago from Canada

        A wealth of information! Thanks!

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        joye 

        6 years ago

        how would someone remap a integra

      • Glenn Stok profile image

        Glenn Stok 

        6 years ago from Long Island, NY

        It's weird how they keep changing the location. I wouldn't be surprised if they do it to try to make it difficult for people to check their own codes. So people have to pay a mechanic to do it. Silly. Your hub is very useful for owners of these cars. Voted up.

      • Jerilee Wei profile imageAUTHOR

        Jerilee Wei 

        7 years ago from United States

        Thanks Tombo!

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        Tombo 

        7 years ago

        Nice article

      • Jerilee Wei profile imageAUTHOR

        Jerilee Wei 

        7 years ago from United States

        Thanks C_Pinto! Glad to be of some help.

      • C_Pinto profile image

        C_Pinto 

        8 years ago from USA

        Great info! Thanks for focusing on Accura as I own one myself :)

      • Jerilee Wei profile imageAUTHOR

        Jerilee Wei 

        8 years ago from United States

        Thanks Angela Blair! At some level before I knew all about this topic, I knew we had them in our cars, but had no clue where. It's kind of empowering to know where to find the computer connector.

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        Angela Blair 

        8 years ago from Central Texas

        Thanks - you just answered a huge question for this old lady - I have a Honda Accura and read the Hub, went out and checked and there the darned thing was! Bless you! Best, Sis

      • Jerilee Wei profile imageAUTHOR

        Jerilee Wei 

        8 years ago from United States

        Thanks prasetio30! That's one of the things I love about hubpages too, so much to learn from others.

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        prasetio30 

        8 years ago from malang-indonesia

        thanks, I get new experience by reading this hub. It was wonderful car.

      • Jerilee Wei profile imageAUTHOR

        Jerilee Wei 

        8 years ago from United States

        Thanks Hello, hello! Wanted it to be one source where anyone with any model could get the answer to where their connector could be found.

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        Hello, hello, 

        8 years ago from London, UK

        Beautiful car and thank you for such a wide information.

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