April 2015

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APRIL 2015 HEADLINES

NASTF SPRING 2015 GENERAL MEETING OPENED NORTHEAST 2015 - NASTF traveled its semi-annual General Meeting to the New York City Metro area on Thursday, March 19, at the Meadowland Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ, site of AASP-NJ's NORTHEAST2015. NASTF Chair, Allen Pennebaker, owner of Orinda (Calif) Motors convened the three-hour session, welcoming a local and webcast audience of aftermarket and OEM representatives. Featured topics included the following two sessions: 

THE MERCEDES theft-relevant parts (TRP) policy was updated for 2015 and Dan Selke, Safety Supervisor for MBUSA, proudly announced that "now every theft-relevant part is able to be ordered." CLICK HERE to watch the VIDEO.

OEM VALIDATION OF COLLISION REPAIR was the lead topic for discussion at the Spring 2015 meeting. ASE Director of Collision Repair Test Development, Teresa Bolton, quizzed and challenged an elite panel revealing insights from automakers, shop owners and service providers. CLICK HERE to watch the VIDEO.

The remainder of the General Meeting was devoted to the important work of NASTF's six committees. (See more below in this newsletter.) CLICK HERE to watch the complete committee segment VIDEO.

A brief summary of meeting is published in a press release, available HERE.

For information on this and all NASTF General Meetings, visit www.nastf.org/GeneralMeetings.

 

 

  OEM NEWS

 

GENERAL MOTORS, in the course of examining the accounts and use of independent tech accounts on their www.acdelcotds.com web service GM discovered abuses and unintended uses. Security concerns relating to distribution of key codes prompted a temporary suspension of the service on Friday, March 27. While that suspension continues through our April 2 publication date of this newsletter, GM tells NASTF they hope to have the new security implemented, tested and back online within days.

ISUZU alerted NASTF they will soon announce new programming software and participation in the NASTF VSP Registry project for release of key codes and immobilizer resets. Details will be added when available to the Isuzu pages on the NASTF website and later in the May 2015 Newsletter.

NISSAN AND INFINITI do not set flash file applicability by VIN.  Other OEMs utilize VIN, but not Nissan or Infiniti.  Nissan and Infiniti flash files, (either blank programming or reprogramming) are based on the internal part number of the ECU.  In order to purchase a file, you must obtain the internal part number by reading it with a GST or CONSULT.  In either www.nissan-techinfo.com or www.infiniti-techinfo.com, you would then enter that part number in required field and if a flash file update is available, it would be displayed and available for purchase.

SUBARU will transition to a new tool to replace the HDS3000, but will continue to support the supply and sale of the HDS3000 tool through the calendar year 2019.  The SSMIII software supplied with a new HDS and also available through subscription renewal will not be updated to support new vehicles beyond the April 2015 version, expected to be the final release for MY15 and earlier support.  Current and new SSMIII subscriptions will continue to be updated with new control unit programming files for those model years as they become available.  

SUBARU’s new tool, the DENSO DST-i, is available for order from Nuspire Networks.  The new tool will be supplied with a 1 year subscription to new SSM4 software that will support MY 2016 and newer SUBARUs.  Renewal subscriptions for SSM4 will also be available from Nuspire.

Nuspire Networks
3155 Dallavo Court
Commerce, MI 48390
Tel: (877) 782-7404

The existing HDS3000 unit will cover Subaru model years 1998-2015. The new DENSO DST-i unit will cover Subaru model years starting with 2004 plus all future model years.

• SSMIII: For the overlapping model years, either interface device can be used.
• SSM4: Only the DENSO DST-i can be used.

 

COMMITTEE NEWS

 

Collision Repair Committee - Tim Morgan, Independent Co-chair of the CRC, made a brief but comprehensive presentation during the NASTF Spring 2015 General Meeting. To view Morgan's presentation, watch the video beginning at the 16:02 time stamp. View information about CRC on the NASTF Collision Repair Committee page 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, April 22, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.

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 10, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.

Education Committee - Jason Kozak, OEM Co-chair for this committee, made a presentation during the NASTF Spring 2015 General Meeting. To view Kozak's presentation, watch the video beginning at the 37:00 time stamp. 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 April meeting of the committee is cancelled. The next conference call for the Education Committee is set for Wednesday, July 8, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.

Equipment & Tool Committee - Kurt Immekus, OEM Co-chair for this committee, made a presentation during the NASTF Spring 2015 General Meeting. To view Immekus' presentation, watch the video beginning at the 10:48 time stamp. 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.

The next conference call for the ETC is set for Wednesday, May 27, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days 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 24, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.

 
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Vehicle Security Committee - Claude Hensley, Independent Co-chair of the VSC, made a presentation during the NASTF Spring 2015 General Meeting. To view Hensley's presentation, watch the video beginning at the 1:22 time stamp. 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, May 13, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.
 

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

 

I may be the Executive Director and you, the members of NASTF from technicians, locksmiths, trade association volunteers to educators, suppliers and automaker representatives are the owners of NASTF; but it's the NASTF Board of Directors who accept, feel and live the responsibility of NASTF. Mark Saxonberg, Toyota Motor Sales USA's Manager of Alternative Fuel Vehicles and the Environment, and Claude Hensley, owner of Lockman Locksmiths of Florida, are pictured to the right during the March 19, 2015, NASTF Board of Directors Meeting in Secaucus, NJ. The Board meets monthly, normally by conference call, but face-to-face once in the Spring and again once in the Fall. The NASTF Board of Directors is possibly the most diverse cross-section of the full automotive industry to gather regularly in a not-for-profit cause. Click HERE to see this "who's who" list of professionals with whom I have the privilege to work.

 

NASTF IS ON THE ROAD

 

The NASTF Spring 2015 General Meeting, March 19, was hosted by AASP-NJ in advance of their annual trade show, NORTHEAST.

NASTF is greatly indebted to AASP-NJ and their show management Greco Publishing for their hospitality, generosity and assistance in making the NASTF meetings very successful.

NASTF exhibited in the trade show portion of VISION 2015 during early March. Thanks to Sheri Hamilton, her staff and volunteers at ASA-Midwest for creating an event that meets the NASTF marketing criteria of "being where the technicians are." As always, VISION delivered as an education destination for A-techs, and NASTF had ample booth traffic, this year, primarily discussing the NASTF Vehicle Security Professional Registry program.

NASTF @ AutoMechanika Chicago - April 25 & 26 (2 NASTF presentation sessions)

NASTF @ Just Cars, Scottsdale, Arizona - May 1 & 2 (Contact: Jim@justcars.us)

NASTF @ ALOA - Reno, NV, July 24 & 25, 2015 (Exhibiting, Booth #138)

NASTF @ NACE/CARS Expo & Conference, Detroit, MI - July 24 & 25, 2015 (Exhibiting)

NASTF @ AAPEX - Las Vegas, NV, Nov 4, 2015 (NASTF Fall 2015 General Meeting)

 

 

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