HONDA tells NASTF that they have resolved the programming failure discovered with NASTF SIR #671 addressing it with a diagnostic software update. "Our current software allows the SAE J2534 device to be eliminating the key–on recognition stumbling block. Now, a key-on yes-no function is incorporated in the software for all functions that require it. (February 10, 2016)

Ford/Lincoln/Mercury has corrected the unintended misplacement of the programmable module calibration cross-reference, which is now accessible on the free-side of their service information website, without the need for a subscription. (February 1, 2016)

Ford/Lincoln/Mercury technical website address/URL has changed. You may need to update your bookmark to (January 22, 2016)




“Building the Road to GREAT Technicians” is the featured topic of the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Spring 2016 General Meeting, 1-4:30 pm (Central), Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in Overland Park, Kansas. “The aftermarket has a lot of education available for kids to working techs,” notes Rob Morrell, Independent Co-Chair of the NASTF Education Committee, “but it’s time to plan how we expect to develop and keep really great technicians in the future.” A long and growing list of contributors to this important topic already include:

  • Jill Saunders – Product Engineer, Technical Information & Diagnostics, Toyota Motor Sales
  • Mark Saxonburg, Manager, Alt. Fuel Vehicles & Environment, Industry/Govt. Relations, Toyota Motor Sales
  • Scott Brown, President, iATN
  • Trish Serratore, President, NATEF/AYES
  • Chris Chesney, Sr. Director of Customer Training, CARQUEST Technical Institute
  • Kevin FitzPatrick, President, Autologic Diagnostics Inc
  • Rob Morrell, Training Director, WORLDPAC

“The need for great technicians is shared by both dealers and independent shops,” says Jill Saunders, OEM Co-Chair of the NASTF Education Committee. “We can work together to improve our chances for a brighter future.” Major components of the “Building the Road to GREAT Technicians” session include:

  1. Current automotive technician training and programs
  2. OEM technician career path programs
  3. Compare US technician training against other country training models
  4. Contemporary aftermarket training programs
  5. Professionalism and recognition of achievement
  6. Building a structured plan for the industry’s future

The NASTF Spring 2016 General Meeting will be held in conjunction with the VISION2016 Hi-Tech Training & Expo at the Overland Park (KS) Convention Center. No registration is necessary for the NASTF Spring 2016 General Meeting but registration is necessary to attend VISION events. Visit to register for VISION2016.

The entire afternoon meeting will be webcast by iATN from and will be recorded for future viewing from the NASTF YouTube page,

More information and the agenda for the NASTF Spring 2016 General Meeting is available at


In a welcome show of support, the Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) has become a 2016 Partner in the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF). NASTF had recently begun integrating heavy duty vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEM) into its programs offered on the NASTF website following a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Truck & Equipment Manufacturers Association (EMA) and CVSN.

“We are happy to welcome CVSN into our family of Supporting Partners,” said Allen Pennebaker, Chairman of the NASTF Board of Directors. “We thank them for becoming one of our bronze sponsors. It is through a willingness of participating entities, like CVSN, to add their resources to this endeavor, which is so vital to the health of our industry that we can bring information access to all.” [Read more HERE.]


In their year-end meeting, the NASTF Board of Directors made the OEM and independent co-chair appointments to each of the six NASTF committees for 2016:

  • Collision Committee: Gary Ledoux (American Honda) and Tim Morgan (Spanesi Americas)
  • Communications Committee: Valerie Sullivan (American Honda) and Jessie Korosek (Equipment & Tool Institute)
  • Education Committee: Jill Saunders (Toyota Motor Sales) and Rob Morrell (WORLDPAC)
  • Equipment/Tools Committee: Kurt Immekus (VW/Audi) and Greg Potter (Equip & Tool Institute)
  • Service Information Committee: Steve Douglas (Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers) and Dave Zwalina (Automotive One)
  • Vehicle Security Committee: Bob Stewart (General Motors) and Claude Hensley (Lock-Man Locksmith)


Five of the fifteen three-year board of director terms were up for election to the 2016 NASTF leadership and all five of the existing volunteers were re-elected to serve through December 31, 2018. One new director had to be elected, however, as Jim Von Ehr, an OEM At-Large Director, retired from Nissan leaving two years remaining on his NASTF leadership term. Bob Stewart, a long-serving NASTF volunteer and Manager of Aftermarket Service Support for General Motors was elected to fill Von Ehr’s remaining term. Read more HERE.


HEAVY DUTY TRUCKING writer, Denise Rondini, expanded on the joint NASTF-CVSN press release with her story February 1, 2016, "CVSN Provides Update on Right to Repair."

TRUCK PARTS & SERVICE writer, Lucas Deal, expanded on the joint NASTF-CVSN press release with his story January 26, 2016, "CVSN Announces Partnership with NASTF."

PARTS & PEOPLE writer, Michael Anderson, captured the key points of sessions from NASTF's the Fall 2015 General Meeting in his story "NASTF Meeting Examines Cyber Threats for the Connected Vehicle" published January 2016.


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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.