June 2014

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JUNE 2014

 

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JAGUAR/LAND ROVER technical websites provide considerable service information resources on the free-side which is driven from entering the full 17-digit VIN after you have already logged into your account. Caution, however, when you encounter an information piece that requires a subscription: The DOCUMENT SUBSCRIPTION window does not remember your VIN or the Model/Model Year from your previous screens. You must reselect the model and model year before proceeding with the purchase subscription. If you have purchased a subscription but don't see the service information for which you are looking, you may have just purchased a subscription for the default vehicle, a 2014 F-Type/X152. If that happens, contact jlrdssg@jaguarlandrover.com for a subscription fix.

CHRYSLER reprogramming through J-2534 devices may now be more frequently successful with the April 29, 2014 release by Chrysler of an update to the Mopar programming application software. Technicians had been reporting programming failures to NASTF since September 2013 when using various J-2534 devices on Chrysler CAN system vehicles. Drew Technologies tells NASTF that reports of programming failures through J-2534 devices on pre-CAN Chrysler vehicles may have been related to a techauthority.com website issue. And that issue also appears to have been recently resolved. Some isolated Chrysler ECU programming failures may remain, but NASTF is attempting to identify what models and what tools may be involved.

FORD - A notice (below) posted on the Reprogramming & Initialization page of www.motorcraftservice.com for several months has increased interest in the NASTF Vehicle Security Professional (VSP) subscription from service technicians.

"Note: Starting in model year 2013, certain vehicles are equipped with Coded PATS vs. time delay feature. For these vehicles, if you are required to perform functions such as Keycode Erase/Reprogram and PCM Parameter Reset, this functionality is only available to automotive security professionals that are registered with the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Vehicle Security Professionals Registry."

With the increase in VSP interest, NASTF asked Ford to provide more specifics. They explain that "vehicles (US & Canada) with 'Coded PATS' are 2013-2014MY Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. This approach will expand to future Ford/Lincoln vehicles as their electrical architectures are revised. For example, 2015MY Lincoln MKC includes this feature."

Ford goes on to say, "To improve the overall security of the vehicle, service functions such as Keycode Erase/Reprogram and PCM Parameter Reset requires an online database transaction. Access to the online database is available to automotive security professionals that are registered with the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) Vehicle Security Professionals Registry."

ISUZU has corrected a website issue revealed in a recent filing of a NASTF Service Information Request (SIR). According to the SIR the submission of a request using the “CONTACT US” webform at isuzusource.com indicated no response from Isuzu. An investigation of the failure found that a recent website redesign dropped the proper routing of the request form message. The SIR client was contacted directly by Isuzu Service Support and the webform routing error was corrected. The NASTF mission includes an assignment to "facilitate communication" between the OEM and independent technician and the SIR, has proven itself valuable many times in unintentional situations such as this.

MITSUBISHI announced a change to their website addressing a recent request filed in NASTF SIR#585. The version number of the MUT III tool is now prominently posted to alert technicians on the site's free-side before they are required to purchase a subscription.


COMMITTEE NEWS

 
Vehicle Security Committee - The VSC met by conference call on May 14 discussing stepped up compliance audits of D-1 Positive Identification Forms and the potential for prosecution of non-compliant VSPs when their LSID is linked to a criminal vehicle theft. The staff reported a big surge in VSP Registry applications this year with the Registry growing already by 175 to 1,903 at the end of May.
 
If you would like to join the VSC, email skippotter@nastf.org. Be sure to visit the NASTF VSC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/VSC. The next conference call for the VSC is set for Wednesday, August 13, 2014. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least one week in advance.
 

Equipment & Tool Committee - The ETC cancelled their May 28 conference call. The next conference call for the ETC is set for Wednesday, August 27, 2014. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least one week in advance.

Visit the NASTF ETC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/ETC. Anyone wanting to join the ETC should send their request to skippotter@nastf.org.

Communications Committee - If you would like to join the Communications Committee, email skippotter@nastf.org. Be sure to visit the NASTF Communications Committee page at www.nastf.org/Committees/Communications.

The next conference call for the Communications Committee is set for Wednesday, June 11, 2014. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least one week in advance.

Service Information Committee - View SIC information from the NASTF SIC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/SIC. If you would like to join the Service Information Committee, email skippotter@nastf.org.

Techs having trouble completing jobs because of access to OEM service information and tools continue to post their questions on NASTF's Service Information Request (SIR) on-line response system. To log or file a NASTF SIR, visit www.nastf.org/FileSIR. Review recent SIRs by visiting www.nastf.org/SIRarchive.

The next conference call for the SIC is set for Wednesday, June 25, 2014. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least one week in advance.

Education Committee - Visit the NASTF Education Committee page at www.nastf.org/Committees/Education. Anyone wanting to join the Education Committee should send their request to skippotter@nastf.org.

The next conference call for the Education Committee is set for Wednesday, July 9, 2014. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least one week in advance.
 
 
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Collision Repair Committee - The CRC met by conference call on May 7 with Jason Bartanen of I-CAR presenting the developing features of their new Repairability Technical Support (RTS) service. Functionalities including technical inquiries are already in place on the site (http://rts.i-car.com), but Bartanen cautioned that this version and this url are still only in beta version. While news media and other associations are welcome to publicize the website and its opportunities, an I-CAR launch expected sometime before June 30, 2014 could mean changes to page links, etc.

View information about CRC on the Committee's webpage at www.nastf.org/Committees/Collision. Anyone wanting to join the CRC should send their request to skippotter@nastf.org.

The next conference call for the CRC is set for Wednesday, July 23, 2014. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least one week in advance.


ON MY MIND
An Editorial by Skip Potter, NASTF Executive Director


For decades I have read and listened to the arguments against the promotion of college for tomorrow's American youth. True, the majority of entry jobs do not require a bachelor degree and not all high school grads are ready, willing or able to invest themselves at a 4-year college. Rarely, however, is a raw high school grad qualified to earn a "living wage." A skill needs to be developed and a credential is needed to highlight their qualification.  Tomorrow's good technician does not necessarily need a bachelors in business, engineering or math. In fact, if all promising technicians went on to get one of those degrees directly out of high school they would not likely be our technician tomorrow (though I do know of a very few who are).

This debate, however, misses four important points in favor of promoting college: (1) it can serve as a valuable step to maturity, (2) it comes in many sizes (certificate, associates, bachelor, masters, etc.), (3) can be consumed all at once out of high school or in small chunks at any point in life, and (4) provide a credential for career development beyond technicianhood.

By definition, maturity is the transition from dependence to independence, and college offers an organized environment outside the guardianship of home. That step has tumbled many young adults but that doesn't mean it's not a valuable step to take.

This public debate always seems to assume that college means at least a 4-year bachelor's degree. That can't be true because we liberally refer to community colleges for their value in 2-year associate degrees and certificate programs. College comes in sizes to fit everyone.

I'm not proud of the hard road I took to earn my bachelor's degree. I flunked out of my 2nd year of college in 1967 and after a few scattered classes trying to learn something, I finally chose to invest myself in learning and earning a credential that would serve me later in life. If not for my bachelor's degree earned in 1992 I would not be qualified to do this job at NASTF and would not have been in the position to be noticed for it either.

From experience, I can warn young techs that when your eyesight begins to deteriorate at age 40 and 10 years later it takes you twice as long to unwind from under the dashboard, you will be looking for another job - no matter how much you "love to work on cars". A college degree may be more valuable at age 50 than it is at age 22, even if you use it to run your own business.

I do not claim to be the perfect example of a good parent, but I have come to realize that it is the parent's responsibility to raise kids to be independent, responsible, respectful and industrious. Since many of our children reach 18 years of age at less-than-perfect levels in each or all of these measures, that young adult must now face a life of struggle or, themselves, choose a self-improvement program (because it is mostly too late for the parent's influence). The appreciation for self-improvement and a commitment to life-long learning must come from within the person. As much as this industry needs qualified technicians, shouldn't we be promoting college for all the right reasons?


NASTF IN THE NEWS


No Longer Just a Reprogramming Standard by Jennifer Clements appears in the May/June edition of TechShop magazine adding more insight into the J-2534 Discussion hosted by NASTF at the March 20, 2014 Spring General Meeting in Seattle. Read the story on digital page 6 (print page 4). Access the digital edition online CLICK HERE.


NASTF IS ON THE ROAD


Last month, NASTF was invited to exhibit in the popular WORLDPAC Supplier & Training Expo where NASTF Executive Director, Skip Potter, spoke to a large percentage of the nearly 1,500 shop owners and technicians attending the 3-day event. "My first question to visitors to the NASTF booth is always, 'Do you know about NASTF?,' Potter explained. "I can always tell I am in the company of many A-techs when the percent of YESes is high like it was here at STX." Surprisingly high also is the percent of YESes who have not officially proclaimed their support of NASTF and do not yet receive the NASTF newsletter. Events like this help NASTF close that gap.

NASTF@AAAS, Destin, FL - June 6-8, 2014

NASTF@ALOA, New Orleans - July 24-26, 2014 (Exhibiting)

NASTF@NACE/CARS, Detroit, MI - July 31-Aug 1, 2014 (Exhibiting)

NASTF@AAPEX/SEMA, Las Vegas, NV - Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 (Fall General Meeting)

 

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