LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. — Snap-on Inc. recently upgraded its software offerings, giving auto service technicians more comprehensive coverage for vehicles and vehicle systems.
The updates, Snap-on said, offer "factory level" coverage for a number of vehicle makes including Acura, Audi, Ford, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen.
New features on the Empower-Up Performance software include an updated user interface for the Ford cylinder contribution test. The Ford power balance test display provides a familiar look, as it shows the current value along with a continuous record of its history, making it easier to identify and track power inconsistencies.
It also offers a categorized system menu that includes commonly chosen systems' groupings that should offer techs the ability to find what they need more quickly, according to Snap-on.
Meanwhile, the newest features for ZEUS and VERUS Edge include service resets and relearns that provide necessary information about related and required repair procedures that must be done to complete the whole job. The pre- and post-scan report labeling options on vehicle systems reports clearly state the report's purpose and automatically upload vehicle system reports, device screen shots and photos to the Snap-on Cloud, making them easier to access on any phone or computer.
The latest software updates pre-scan and post-scan with Vehicle System Reports to help ensure matching to original equipment manufacturer's requirements. It also allows technicians to illustrate the value of their work to customers.
Its updated Safety and Advanced Drivers Assistance Systems operations feature initialization of static and dynamic recalibration, which is compatible with any static target recalibration system. Snap-on also noted that the update offers enhanced guided component tests.
Additionally, the updates, which support ZEUS and VERUS Edge, APOLLO-D8, MODIS Edge, MODIS Ultra and SOLUS Edge updates, allow technicians to upload and store vehicle system reports, communicate with customers and share information with insurance providers more quickly through text and email, while also responding quickly to repair approvals.
Enhancements to Intelligent Diagnostics on APOLLO-D8 and ZEUS offer guides for specific vehicles and codes, and smart data that provides code-specific scanner data with a view to code-related custom PID list, which provides maximum/minimum values that trigger when exceeded. SureTrack content updates before, during and after every software release.
"Everything is moving faster and becoming more complex. New automotive technology makes it important for customers to be up-to-date with their software and equipment," Leian Wunderlich, software program manager, Snap-on Diagnostics, said in a news release. "That's why it is important that our diagnostic solutions focus on taking the complexity out and driving faster repairs through automation. The point is for customers to be able to perform simpler and smarter fixes that lead to complete, confident repairs and satisfied customers."