absolutely - manufacturers and dealers have done everything they can to
eviscerate the original obd legislation with their own "tier two"
proprietary codes. and, iirc, braking and transmission systems are not
the whole thing needs to be updated and open repair diagnostics
mandatory, including commercial diesels which i believe are completely
Honda already has https://techinfo.honda.com .
This site has provided, for some time now, and to any US billing address,
exactly what is available to US dealerships. And as of very recently, now
it even works for Canadians. I bought a three-day subscription so I could
poke around to see how it all worked (I've got until 12:41pm EDT tomorrow
before the subscription runs out).
I think this "Right to Repair" thing is pointless.
BMW has a Techinfo site:
Subscription is $30 for 1 day!!
I did a bit of Googling using these terms:
techinfo <name of automaker brand>
Looks like just about everybody has a Techinfo site now.
I remember reading that that the Techinfo sites are in response to federal
legislation forcing automakers to open up their resources to the public.
Very close to true. You can get training and service manuals for doing
many things yourself, but the proprietary service tool and its software
are required to obtain and interpret many of the codes, and even to
properly change brake fluid. A while back, BMW TSBs became unavailable
without paying a fee (I have not checked lately so that might have changed).
Honda's service information availability is excellent, as is that for
some (perhaps all) domestic carmakers.
I have to agree that some regulation would be helpful here.
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