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ALERT

NISSAN is working to resolve an issue with the NERS 3.05 software version, advising to remove software version 3.05 and re-install version 3.04 until further notice.  Remember, however, NERS 3.04 version does not support blank RWD, 5 speed TCM programming. (March 14, 2016)

BMW: Due to an internal software issue in replacement DME modules for the X5 and 3 Series with the N55 engine it is not possible to program the new DME with ISTA/P. This problem affects both dealer and independent workshops. While a solution is being developed for those vehicles, any DME replacements can only be completed at a BMW Center by having a field engineer come in to complete the work. We apologize for this inconvenience and are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. (UPDATE: BMW continues to work for a resolution to this issue. March 29, 2016)

MERCEDES notified NASTF that a time-out feature added to startekinfo.com may be the cause of recent errors reported in the use of the website. An error incurred in ordering TRP (theft relevant parts) from startekinfo.com is known to be caused by a software issue on MB servers in Germany but whether or not this issue is related to the time-out feature is not yet confirmed. The length of the time-out delay for technicians logged into the MB website is not yet announced. (March 9, 2016)


OEM NEWS

NISSAN CVT: As discovered in resolving NASTF SIR #726 Nissan discovered that techs outside their dealerships are unable to apply calibration to a used OEM CVT.  Currently calibration data for a used OEM CVT is not available to the independent service professionals.  Nissan is working on making this OEM CVT calibration data available through our www.Nissan-techinfo.com, with an estimated completion date of August 2016. Meanwhile,  to repair this vehicle, the customer has two options: 1) install a Nissan remanufactured or new CVT which will include the calibration CD  2) locate the nearest Nissan dealer to have the CVT calibration data “write” procedure completed. (May 3, 2016)

NISSAN ATC-DT reman transmissions are shipped already programmed, but some Jatco transmissions are shipped un-programmed.  Technicans are advised to follow the instructions that are shipped with the Jatco transmission. (April 11, 2016)

Chrysler (FCA) wiTECH, J2534 and TechAuthority use, license and subscriptions have been a hot topic of concern for technicians since mid-2015. Read HERE NASTF’s understanding of the questions being asked NASTF by independent technicians. (April 4, 2016)

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NASTF HEADLINES

ROAD TO GREAT TECHNICIANS NEEDS INDUSTRY BUY-IN

“Building the Road to GREAT Technicians” was the featured topic of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Spring 2016 General Meeting, Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in Overland Park, Kansas.

The challenge of finding qualified technicians is well documented in the automotive service industry and that challenge is expected to become even greater as vehicle technology continues to proliferate.

“It’s essential we figure how to keep the pipeline of new students full and how to make them GREAT technicians for a lifetime,” said Mark Saxonberg of Toyota.

Watch the video or read more on the NASTF General Meeting page.

 


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About The National Automotive Service Task Force (2 min)

The National Automotive Service Task Force is a not-for-profit organization established to facilitate the identification and correction of gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools and equipment, and communications for the benefit of automotive service professionals. NASTF is a cooperative effort among the automotive service industry, the equipment and tool industry and automotive manufacturers.

 

There is no cost to participate in NASTF. If you are a professional auto service technician, shop owner, OEM service employee or any other automotive industry professional supporting the mission of NASTF, please enroll here on our website. Click HERE.

 

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