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Old 04-04-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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service data recording

While I was reading through the Owner's Guide I came upon Service Data Recording and really hope that I am understanding it correctly. "Service data recorders in your vehicle are capable of collecting and storing diagnostic information about your vehicle."

To me this means that diagnostic info is available, but to me? I bought my 2009 Winnebago Class C used and there were no service records. I'm planning on taking it in to a local Winnebabo dealer for service, but he could tell me anything and everything needs to be serviced....

"This potentially includes information about the performance or status of various systems and modules in the vehicle, such as engine, throttle, steering or brake systems." I'm kind of seeing this in the same light as the diagnostic info and history I receive when I take my Toyota in for service.

Opinions welcome! I'm such a newbie....

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Old 04-05-2012, 06:30 PM   #2
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I assume it is talking about the normal status recording the ECM (engine computer) does. A history of error codes and associated data, plus things like engine hours, maximum speed achieved, etc. It would be displayable on a suitable equipped computer that can read from the engine data bus, and you could perhaps request a printout. Most likely you would be charged for a diagnostic session, at whatever rate and minimum time the chassis dealer chose.

Most routine maintenance is not logged, i.e. it doesn't know when an air filter is changed or a belt replaced. You didn't mention the chassis type (Ford E450?), but what you could get s what Ford (not Winnie) decided was good to record.

The other type of service data recorder is an add-on black box used to gather real time data while the engine is running. It is plugged in and used when intermittent problems occur and the data needs to be captured on the fly.

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for the explanation. I called Winnebago and they said, "no, unless you purchased the rig through them." Well, I'm going to call Ford and see what they have to say. It just bugs me that there are no records available in this day and age.
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