LAS VEGAS — The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) will emphasize the value of OEM technical information websites for independent auto service technicians during its 2017 general meeting Nov. 1 in Las Vegas during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo.
The session, “The Most Underused OEM Service Info Resources,” will familiarize attendees with the 40 light vehicle and heavy duty OEMs that provide service information resources for access by technicians outside their franchise dealerships, the association said, noting the goal is to help independent technicians realize the full value of information provided on any one of the OEM technical information websites.
The meeting also will feature two additional sessions:
- “TechForce Foundation is on the Road to Great Techs,” will discuss a coordinated solution for the shortage of qualified technicians. This session will discuss recruiting young adults into the technician profession, developing them into great technicians and keeping them with a lifetime of opportunities.
- “Changes are Coming to the SAE J1962 DLC” will discuss the 16-pin data link and what's in store for the future. Since 1996, all new light vehicles in the American marketplace have connected to the outside world with this data port, but with progress of advanced vehicle technology, change are expected.
The meeting will take place from 1-4 p.m. PDT in at the Sands Expo. Registration is not required, however, registration and industry credentials are required to attend AAPEX.
For more information, visit the NASTF website.
The NASTF is a non-profit established in 2000 to identify, communicate and resolve gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools, and equipment.