Automotive Service Councils of California


May 12, 2014
Register Now for the ASCCA Summer Conference and Save $$$!
  • The early bird registration deadline is May 23!
  • The room block is filling so hotel reservations need to be made now.
  • Don't forget the raffle with great prizes as well as the grand prize, a MaxiSys Diagnostic System, again generously donated by AES Wave.      
  • We have a full line-up for training, both Shop Management and new this year, Technician Training on Saturday.    
Click here or on the image above for more information.

No OBD Data Acquisition Devices Have Been Certified by BAR Yet

The Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) suspended certification on February 14, 2014 to allow for necessary software updates to the Smog Check database and software. At this time, BAR expects the updates to be ready for production on May 22, 2014. The certification process should resume immediately thereafter. The first DAD unit could be certified in early June 2014.


Help the Public Know the Value of Doing Business with ASCCA Members

Have you ordered your adjunct "The Sign You Can Trust" sign to hang in your shop?  The cost for the adjunct sign is $20. To place an order, email or call Jay Jefferson at (800)810-4272, x110.

AAA Study Highlights Limitations of Automated Vehicle Systems 

from R&W Insider 

While many advanced driver assistance systems were found to have performed as expected, AAA research suggests that there are certain limitations to the features that could pose threats to drivers.


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Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) Announces 2014-2015 Officers and New Directors

ETI congratulates the new officers and board members on their election to office for 2014-2015.

ASCCA's Legislative Day in the News

ROTWNEWS, which covers news for the San Bernardino County mountain communities and surrounding areas, did a nice write-up of the ASCCA's legislative fly-in day last month. 

iATN Business+ Premium Membership

The International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN) is the world's first and largest online network of automotive service industry professionals. Since 1995, iATN has been providing outstanding service industry resources to members worldwide. ASCCA members can enjoy a 33% discount on a premium Business+ account. With a Business+, members will be able to assign up to four sub-accounts for their technicians, managers and other staff to enjoy all of the benefits of an iATN premium account. 

To access the member's only discount, go to Log in, click on "Endorsed Programs" and click on the iATN logo.


If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact ASCCA staff at 800-810-4272 or Scott Brown (President of iATN) or their support team @ 866-428-6428 or by email

In This Issue
ASCCA Summer Conference
OBD Data Acquisition Devices
Order "The Sign You Can Trust"
Limitations of Automated Vehicle Systems
ETI Announces New Officers
ASCCA Legislative Day in the News
iATN Business+ Premium Membership
May Member of the Month
AAIA Now Autocare Association
In-Vehicle Smartphone App Systems
Vehicle Recalls
Upcoming Events


May Member of the Month: Paul Grech

Paul Grech, president of Chapter 21 (San Francisco), is the ASCCA's May Member of the Month! Paul owns Allied Engine & Auto Repair in San Francisco.


In his own words: 

I became involved in automotive repair because I watched my dad work on his cars from the age of four and when I was 16 my dad gave me a 1936 Ford truck. I was able to get a license at 15, but I wasn't able to keep it very long, because I had five tickets before I had a license, so I lost my license for six months. During that time without a license, I was able to put an Oldsmobile motor, a Caddie box and a nine inch Ford rear end in the '36, so it was a very dependable hot rod and I still have it. 


Click here to read the rest of Paul's account about his involvement with ASCCA, and to also read about previous members of the month.

AAIA Changes its Name to Autocare Association

As part of a rebranding initiative, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association has changed its name to the Autocare Association. 


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In-Vehicle Smartphone App Systems to Increase to 370M Units by 2020 

by Ratchet+Wrench's R+W Insider   

The automotive industry will see more than 370 million software systems used to integrate smartphone apps in vehicles in-use by 2020, according to a recent report from IHS Automotive.


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Recent Recalls from NHTSA 

2014 Mazda6

Fuel Tank can be Overfilled Resulting in Fuel Leak


2014 Honda Odyssey
Passenger's Side Curtain Air Bag may not Deploy


2010-2012 BMW (multiple vehicles)

Camshaft Housing Bolts May Loosen causing Stall


2008-2011 Mercedes Benz (multiple vehicles)
Tail Lamp Dimming or Failure


2013 Cadillac SRX
Transmission Software may cause Acceleration Lag


2015 Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra HD
Fuel Pipe Connections may Leak


2014 Buick Enclave, 2014 Chevrolet Traverse, 2014 GMC Acadia
Inaccurate Fuel Gage Reading 


Upcoming Events 

Wonder what's coming up on the calendar, besides the events listed here? Go to the ASCCA website for these links:


Upcoming Events
Chapter Events 



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Founded in 1940, the Automotive Service Councils of California is the largest independent automotive repair organization in California. Its members represent all areas of the automotive repair industry, including mechanical, auto body, suppliers and educators.