New era for data supplier

Diagnostics from Autodata

Published:  05 June, 2014

Access to technical information is a vital ingredient in effective diagnostics and repair and Autodata has changed the way it delivers the latest information to users. Its web-based product is designed to be more intuitive for users in the way it delivers service and maintenance procedures and more detailed data for diagnostic work and repair. A Service & Maintenance package provides essential info needed to carry out day to day servicing and maintenance including manufacturers' service schedules, illustrations and details on timing belts and chains. A Repair & Diagnostic package details diagnostic procedures, instructions and illustrations for more complex jobs, providing trouble codes, known fixes, bulletins and wiring diagrams, in addition to the information supplied in the Service & Maintenance package.

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