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Bill (not Gates) would force automakers to reveal diagnostic codes

Recently, owners and independent mechanics have been having progressively more trouble getting automakers to reveal all of the diagnostic codes for late-model vehicles, while at the same time interpreting the diagnostic codes has become much more important for proper repair. According to a recent report from Wired News, pending legislation would require automakers to release the complete set of diagnostic codes. The bill, introduced to the Senate in February, and the House last year, is called the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act and is nearing committee evaluation. Some involved in the proposed legislation - including the aftermarket parts industry - suspect the balking is a scheme to require customers to get their service done at the dealership, while automakers insist the delay in releasing many of the codes is simply due to the increased complexity of new vehicles, and that cataloging the codes for public use is a huge task.

http://www.thecarconnection.com/index.asp?article=7194&sid=173&n=156
 
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