New legislation should allow access to vehicle diagnostic codes


Remember the days when you could almost stand in the empty space within an engine compartment? Those were the days that all you needed was a good set of wrenches and a service manual to fix almost anything. But even today’s pickup trucks require random computers to diagnose and fix a lot of issues, which is taking a toll on local auto shops that aren’t “official” service centers.

A new bill introduced in Congress should help both vehicle’s owners and service centers by requiring auto manufacturers to release everything needed to repair its autos released in the States. This includes access to all the info, tools, and equipment. Previously, a lot of this was only available to authorized repair centers like dealerships. (Read: expensive as hell dealerships) Soon, us consumers will hopefully be able to fix items ourselves or at least take our cars down to the local, trusted repair guy. *fingers crossed*