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1996 Acura RL connector to test check engine light

Where do you connect the tester for the check engine light? The guys at Autozone could not find it.

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I have a 1996 Acure RL. The Connector for the reader is under the Ash tray. Pull the ash tray, and lift up the rubber flap. It is right there.

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Its underneath the ash tray just pull it out

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