ELK GROVE, Calif.-ALLDATA Corp., publisher of electronic automotive repair information, said it has installed its automotive diagnostic and repair information database at its 10,000th customer site. The database system-introduced to the repair industry in 1988-was recently set up in the Longmont, Colo., shop of Roy Shubert, owner of Roy's Auto Service Inc.
ALLDATA said its database, available on CD-ROM and also on-line via modem, covers most foreign and domestic vehicles back to 1982.
The company said repair technicians can, via the system, access technical service bulletins, diagnostic and repair procedures, wiring diagrams, maintenance schedules, trouble code diagnostic charts, PROM ID updates, component test specifications, labor rates, part numbers and prices, and warranty and recall information.
Access tp OBD info to be on-line soon
WASHINGTON-Access to on-board diagnostic (OBD) service information will soon be available to service shop operators through a data base called ``FedWorld.''
In a speech Nov. 1 to shop owners attending the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) in Las Vegas, Cheryl Adelman, an Environmental Protection Agency senior policy advisor, said FedWorld will be operated by the Department of Commerce and will allow shop owners free use for up to three hours a day through an electronic bulletin board or computer network. Users would have to pay a monthly fee to belong to the network.
According to the Automotive Service Association, Ms. Adelman said the data base will contain an index of all emission-related information available in manuals, technical service bulletins and videos. She also indicated the information will pertain to any system, components or parts that control emissions, and to those associated with the power train, including the fuel and ignition systems.
Wagner Brake offers diagnostics courses
ST. LOUIS-Wagner Brake Products is offering two new courses on brake diagnostics.
The first teaches technicians how to diagnose and solve brake problems on the newest systems, the company said. The second course, for experienced technicians, offers testing, diagnosis and repair procedures for the six major anti-lock brake systems in current use.
Both 4.5-day courses include classroom, hands-on and on-the-car diagnosis in Wagner's new training center in St. Louis.
To register, call (800) 325-6199 from 1 to 4 p.m. Central time, or fax name, phone and shop address to (314) 851-5365.