FCA increases the per transaction fee for KEY CODES by $5 to $30, effective October 6, 2016. (Oct 6, 2016)

Take the Box Outta the Box

The NASTF Fall 2016 General Meeting, November 2 in Las Vegas during AAPEX 2016, featured a technician’s primer on module programming, Take the Box Outta’ the Box, how to configure a J2534 interface device for laptop programming. Presentations were also made from NASTF committees, including Education, Vehicle Security, Equipment & Tool, Collision Repair Service Information and Communications. The entire event was webcast live and recorded for future viewing from the NASTF website.

Take the Box Outta’ the Box provided insight and instruction on J2534 module programming featuring Brian Herron, President of Drew Technologies, Kurt Immekus, Service Publications Regulatory Specialist for VW Group America, Rusty Brown, Project Engineer for Toyota Motor Sales USA, and Bob Stewart, Manager of Aftermarket Service Support for General Motors. Donny Seyfer, co-owner of Seyfer Automotive in Wheat Ridge Colorado, moderated a lively Q & A to wrap up the 90-minute session, which was recorded, intentionally, to encourage technicians in the use of pass-thru module programming. That video for technicians is available on the NASTF YouTube channel,

Pictured (l-r): Brian Herron, Kurt Immekus, Rusty Brown, Bob Stewart & Donny Seyfer discuss SAE J2534 pass-thru devices and how to encourage use by more technicians.


Ferrari has re-launched their technical service information website and changes have been made to to reflect their URL change to In addition, Ferrari has released instructions for the purchase of their OEM diagnostic/programming tool (software). See (November 15, 2016)

Motor homes - Private motor homes with any OEM’s engine (Ford, Ram, Cummins, etc) are exempt from the Mass. right to repair law and both the HD and light vehicle Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs). However, motor homes do fall within the regulation of the EPA Service info rule. (November 11, 2016)

FCA released an update to their SAE J2534 programming application software to address the “License Violation.  Flash Engine Invalidated” error message.  While testing continues, technicians should report remaining difficulties according to instructions found at (October 14, 2016)



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