Volumes of Technical Service Bulletins Requiring Reflashing & Reprogramming
As an example, for one model launched late in 2016, I counted 10 different TSBs on software updates for different modules that were issued in just the first eight months of 2017. I also found a TSB for a software update on a 2008 car to improve the performance of a catalyst efficiency monitor. The parts market is shifting from updated parts to updated software.
If Original Equipment Manufacturers are going to be issuing software updates for vehicles at their current pace, they need to make it easy and affordable for independent shops to update a vehicle's modules, and not just those related to emissions. Pass-through reprogramming needs to be improved or done away with altogether. Why can't a file be downloaded first and then installed on a vehicle?
What is keeping you up at night?