Catalog of OE tools on Web
ARLINGTON, Va.-The National Automotive Service Task Force has posted the original-equipment manufacturers' tool matrix on its Web site to give independent repair shops a snapshot of the availability of equipment.
The Arlington-based task force was created to monitor auto makers in their promise to make repair and diagnostic information available by Aug. 31. That, the NASTF said, will help facilitate the development of broader function generic tools by aftermarket tool and equipment companies.
The task force's tool committee said in November that nearly all auto makers had reported the status of information submission for six primary systems, including engine, transmission, anti-lock brakes, airbags, HVAC and cruise control.
The task force expects to have emissions-related information available by March 30, with all remaining information by the Aug. 31 deadline.
The matrix is at www.nastf.org.
Support needed for repair act
WASHINGTON-Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) is seeking co-sponsors for the Motor Vehicles Owners' Right to Repair Act in a letter dated Jan. 28.
Sandy Bass-Cors, executive director of the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE), said 21 members of Congress have thus far lent their support. Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) also sent a letter Feb. 3 seeking support.
The act would require auto manufacturers to make vehicle diagnostic and repair information available to independent repair shops. In his letter, Rep. Barton said information distributed exclusively to auto makers' dealerships limits choice for consumers.
Some auto makers had promised to make the information available at a reasonable price by Aug. 31. But Ms. Bass-Cors said CARE and other groups wanted to pursue the legislation to make sure manufacturers fulfill their promise. She expects the bill, H.R. 2735, to be formally introduced in Congress soon.
SEMA scholarship applicants wanted
DIAMOND BAR, Calif.-The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is seeking applicants for its 2003 scholarship program for students entering the automotive aftermarket.
The Diamond Bar-based association will select recipients planning to attend colleges, universities and vocational technical schools this summer. The scholarship provision also helps fund education for children of SEMA-member company employees and employees of SEMA members.
In 2002, SEMA awarded $80,000 to 60 men and women from 18 states. Nine recipients were related to SEMA-member companies, the association said.
The application deadline for the program is May 30. The scholarships are divided into those for students in a four-year or graduate programs in junior or senior standing and students in two-year or vocational schools in sophomore standing.
All applicants must have a minimum of a 2.0 grade-point average, demonstrate financial need and be pursuing study leading to a career in the automotive aftermarket or related field. For details, click on www.enjoythedrive.com/scholarship or call (909) 396-0289, ext. 125.
ASE certifies Castrol program
WAYNE, N.J.-Castrol North America Inc.'s Continuing Automotive Service Education (CASE) Program has received ASE certification.
The CASE program includes a self-study lube technician certification CD-ROM program as well as Castrol's installer Business Development Training Program. ASE certification -from the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) -is valid for three years for the CASE program. Castrol said it is the only lubricants company to receive this certification.
Although ASE does not provide certification for specific programs, Castrol said there are varying designations for instructor-led instruction and stand-alone, self-study instruction. The firm currently has training programs that fall in both categories. The company's newest CASE activity-a Web-based Synthetic Motor Oil Education Program-is at www.castrolusa.com.
ASA offers labor laws posters
BEDFORD, Texas-The Automotive Service Association will act as a clearinghouse for state and federal labor law posters and information.
The Bedford-based association said it can provide members with the necessary information that employers are required to post in the workplace. Otherwise, ASA said, employers often have to contact several different government agencies to gather the necessary information.
The laminated posters offered by ASA include all the state, federal and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) postings required in the work place. ASA said service shops in all states are eligible.
For more information, contact the ASA membership department at (800) 272-7467, ext. 295.