NASTF @ AAPEX/SEMA 2015
The NASTF Fall 2015 General Meeting is set for Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., PST, in Casanova 504 of the Sands Expo Center during the AAPEX Show in Las Vegas. The meeting will provide an opportunity for OEM policy-makers and independent service professionals to share insights into each other’s world. Agenda items include vehicle cybersecurity designs that won’t impede the repair process and the problems and benefits of getting the industry to adopt the soon to be published new version of the J-2534 standard. Each of NASTF’s six committees will also make significant announcements about their 2015 projects during the meeting. Advance registration is not required for AAPEX attendees, however, seating is very limited for the free NASTF meeting.
NASTF SIR IMPROVEMENTS LAUNCHED
NASTF's service information request (SIR) form was introduced online about 10 years ago and in this time has handled more than 650 valid questions to OEMs from independents. Last month, NASTF made significant programming upgrades to the process which will add convenience for the client, save time in the process and cut administrative costs for NASTF. Most noticeable for independents filing a new SIR will be the elimination of the legal and disclaimer documents one had to read and click through. The rules of the SIR remain, however, reduced to four bullet points plus a fifth that integrates the SIR system with NASTF's supporter records:
Use of the NASTF SIR requires filing clients have, in advance:
Adequate knowledge, training, skill and tools to perform the job described in the SIR
Employed appropriate and available aftermarket resources to suggest this SIR is a GAP ISSUE
Researched the corresponding OEM service information website and purchased (when appropriate and necessary) a subscription to conclude that this SIR is a GAP ISSUE
Attempted to resolve (within 24 hours) the GAP ISSUE directly with the OEM using the OEMs CONTACT US email or form
Created a FREE NASTF SUPPORTERS account on NASTF.ORG
As always, access to the NASTF SIR form is from the Service Info Request (SIR)
menu item on the home-page or direct to the SIR intro page via www.nastf.org/FileSIR
NASTF 2016 DIRECTOR & OFFICER ELECTIONS
NASTF is a not-for-profit corporation and required to hold elections according to the NASTF Bylaws. Three-year terms for five of the 15 members on the Board of Directors will expire December 31, 2015. The 2016 Election Nominating Committee will begin, this month, accepting candidates for those five director positions plus a candidate to serve the remaining two-years of a term held now by retiring Jim Von Ehr of Nissan. To qualify as a Director nominee, candidates must have been a registered NASTF supporter for a minimum of two years AND must have served as a member of a NASTF committee for at least one year. A list of NASTF members eligible for this election appear on this report: NASTF BOARD ELIGIBLE. All five of the current Directors are eligible for re-appointment. Before submitting the name of a candidate, please be familiar with Article V, Sections 2 and 3 and Article VI of the NASTF bylaws.
In addition to the election of Directors, the Officer positions of Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer/Secretary will also be a part of the Nominating Committee's recommended slate to the Board at the September leadership meeting.
Members have the opportunity to submit an alternate slate in October, and voting for one or more 2016 slates of nominations will be open for the month of November 2015.
ALPHA ROMEO is a product of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and service information will be made available on www.techauthority.com as models are introduced into the USA market. Currently, if you go to the techauthority homepage and type "Alfa" in the Search area you will get what FCA makes available for purchase for the Alfa. When logged into techauthority with a paid subscription you would find Alfa in the MODEL dropdown menu and the available service information titles would display. FCA is developing a new website that will show all the brand icons, including Alfa, on the techauthority homepage so there is no plan to modify the current website.
BENTLEY announced new subscription prices will be the same as previously announced for VW/Audi: $35/day, $250/month, $2,000/annual. Vehicle security pricing is expected to change soon when Bentley implements the ODIS software.
FIAT CHRYSLER introduced a standardization of pricing for their key/security codes across brands and models. The $25 amount effective in June was updated on the NASTF subscription page, www.nastf.org/OEMprices.
FORD key codes are now priced individually by VIN, ending the all-you-can-get-in-a-day pricing. The new mechanical keycode subscription price is $19.95 for a SINGLE VIN. You may choose to purchase from 1 to 10 keycodes at a time. Once a subscription is purchased, you will have up to 30 days to redeem.
JAGUAR/LAND ROVER computer specifications are not obvious from the front page of Topix but in this age of changing browser and operating systems, techs must know, in advance, that their local systems will be compatible with OEM diagnostic and programming software. A document search for JLR's SDD specifications found a 24 Jun 2014 Notice: "Minimum PC specs: • Intel® Core I5-2520M 2.5GHz processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz • 4GB SDRAM 1333MHz expandable to 8GB • 320GB (7200 RPM) Hard Drive • Must be running IE8 and WIN7 32Bit for SDD." [Note that Win7 64 bit is not compatible with SDD.]
NISSAN clarified several questions that came to NASTF in the past few weeks:
ASIST is the dealership version of the Nissan service information website, www.nissan-techinfo.com for use by independent technicians. Information and flashing content are the same in both. The independent's website allows for purchase of J2534 reprogramming software, whereas ASIST does not.
Independent service professionals can purchase both CONSULT and reprogramming files for all reprogrammable modules. CONSULT can be purchased from Bosch by following the link on the www.nissan-techinfo.com webpage. The reprogramming files are available for purchase there, as well. Using a service bulletin, users determine if a reprogram is needed. By entering the part number of the module to be programmed and if there is a reprogram file available, the file can then be purchased and downloaded.
NERS only supports engine and transmission control module J2534 based reprogramming. It does not support J2534 programming of ABS, HEV controllers, etc.
VOLVO released (June 1) VIDA 2015, a comprehensive, 2018-compliant, web-based service information, programming and diagnostic software application for use on (appropriate) off-the-shelf PCs with a J2534 vehicle interface. Volvo subscription prices are also updated on www.nastf.org/OEMprices.
VOLVO also clarified a question about VIDA2015 and key codes: "VIDA is not needed for older non-immobilizer paired keys but is needed for new immobilizer paired key fobs."
Collision Repair Committee - 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 email@example.com.
The next conference call for the CRC is set for Wednesday, July 15, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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, Sept 9, 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 - This committee met for their third quarter conference call on July 8 to review the many elements of their project. Independent co-chair, Rob Morrell (WORLDPAC), led a discussion on the task to develop a sample agreement for use by OEMs in sharing or licensing the use of their educational resources by 3rd party educators. OEM co-chair, Jason Kozak (BMW), led a discussion on the task of developing a best-practice guide outlining how OEMs could most effectively present or make use of their education resources to independent technicians. Skip Potter, NASTF Executive Director suggested a review by staff of OEM websites to better understand availability, content and navigation of existing education resources. The minutes of the meeting are posted on the committee's webpage. Visit the NASTF Education Committee page at www.nastf.org/Committees/Education. Anyone wanting to join the Education Committee should send their request to email@example.com.
The next conference call for the Education Committee is set for Wednesday, October 7, 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 - Visit the NASTF ETC page at www.nastf.org/Committees/ETC. Anyone wanting to join the ETC should send their request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next conference call for the ETC is set for Wednesday, August 26, 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 - The SIC met for their 2nd quarter 2015 conference call on June 24. Independent co-chair, Dave Zwalina (Automotive One of FL), convened the meeting and OEM co-chair, Steve Douglas (Alliance of Automobile Mfgrs), led a review of SIC resource responsibilities that includes the OEM Website Index, Reprogramming Information, Scan Tool Resource Center and SIR. NASTF Executive Director, Skip Potter announced completion of the SIR redesign. (See the related headline story at the top of this newsletter.) The minutes of the meeting are posted on the committee's webpage.
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 email@example.com.
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, Sept 23, 2015. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.
Vehicle Security Committee
- If you would like to join the VSC, email firstname.lastname@example.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 12, 2015
. An email invitation with web and dial-in information will be sent to Committee members of record at least five days in advance.
NASTF IS ON THE ROAD
NASTF @ ALOA - Reno, NV, July 24 & 25, 2015 (Exhibiting, Booth 138)
NASTF @ NACE/CARS Expo & Conference, Detroit, MI - July 24 & 25, 2015 (Booth 1242)
NASTF @ AAPEX - Las Vegas, NV, Nov 4, 2015 (NASTF Fall 2015 General Meeting)