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. (UPDATE: May 31, 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 expects a resolution to this issue by July 1, 2016)


NISSAN clarified how to find the part number for a module when performing blank programming. Use to look up the part # by VIN then enter Model Year/Model and click Go.  You will then have the option to enter VIN to begin your specific part # search. Once you have your specific part # from, proceed to for your purchase of the file.  For a Nissan vehicle, use and (May 13, 2016)

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, 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)




“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.