Tyre Tracks November 2009
Monday, 05 October 2009 12:11

SP Diagnostics Tyre Tracks News

- Free Diagnostics Check List - SPi Fact - Cheques -
- Garys Support Corner - Did You Know -

Free Workshop Diagnostics Check List

Diagnostics-Check-Form.png Customers have been asking for a diagnostics check list, so there is now a report/checklist and confirmation form available free to download, under SPi & ACR Documents of the SP Support Website.

Next time a customer comes in with a diagnostics related problem (Dash Lights etc), fill the start of the form out with the customer, this will confirm that you are going to perform diagnostics tests on the vehicle and thus remove any doubt surrounding extra charges for diagnostic tests that you will be performing.

This will also help with your work flow in diagnosing the fault and indicate if any further action is required.

There is also a space for your company stamp or details.

Download it here: Diagnostics Check List

Tyre Tracks SPi Fact: Coming Soon...

The next release of the SPi software will have an ECU selection menu along side the existing vehicle selection menu. So if you know what system is fitted to the vehicle you can dive straight in and even select vehicles that aren't yet officially covered.

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Using cheques is becoming a thing of the past, as small businesses plan to phase out this form of payment.

A third of SMEs intend to stop using cheques to pay other businesses in the next 12 months, with one-in-nine of the 1,020 surveyed saying they will stop accepting this form of payment in the next year, says business information company Creditsafe.

The company says that SMEs could recoup at least £65 million in labour savings each month by scrapping cheque payments.

David Knowles, marketing director at Creditsafe, says: ‘We could be witnessing the beginning of the end for cheque payments. They are viewed by many businesses as inefficient, time consuming and a security risk compared to Bacs transfers and card payments.’

Adds Knowles: ‘Increasingly we are witnessing a trend for cheques to become obsolete. Financial controllers dislike the fact that many firms use cheques as a way to delay payments, deliberately failing to sign or date the cheque so it has to be returned.’

Recent research from payment processing body Bacs found that the amount of late payments owed to small businesses increased by 40 per cent from £18.6 billion in 2007 to £25.9 billion in 2008.


Did you know?

The SPi has an in built EOBD code lookup function, just enter the code
(P,B,C,U) & manufacturer and it will give you a description for that code.

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Error Codes

Good or bad! love them or hate them like Marmite, we have to use them every day.  
We all know what EOBD stands for……?  Oh some of you don’t know what EOBD stands for?
European On-Board Diagnostics, so even French cars have to use this standard.

The codes are made up of a letter and 4 digits, P0403 for example (go on look it up)

The letter can be one of four which points you in the right direction (not to the pub) on the car:

P = Powertrain or Engine in old money
B = Body (Why does Kylie Minogue spring to mind?)     
C = Chassis
U = Network (where all the Devil's work is done or is that computer programmers?)

This is followed by the first number which could be a zero (generic) or a 1 or 2 (manufacturer)
The second number looks at the sub systems, I could list them but I expect you’re getting bored now, anyway by reading the code description you will be able to work it out.

This all sounds great until you throw in the mix some codes that are manufacturer specific, so these will not tie up (steady) with EOBD listings in books or technical data.

Remember that what the code reader displays is being read from the ECU and may not be the problem but just the symptoms.

Above all, cars still rely heavily on the mechanics who maintain them and nothing can be more precious than skills and experience.



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