WASHINGTON-The Maintenance Awareness Program (MAP) has adopted Uniform Inspection Guidelines for suspension and steering systems, including tires and wheels. The new guidelines cover an extensive list of system components, including shock absorbers, strut cartridges and assemblies; steering gear; springs; idler arm; ball joints; wheel bearings and wheels. MAP said they focus on whether replacement/repair is required or simply suggested.
MAP also has released an anti-lock braking system (ABS) supplement to its brake systems guide-lines. It includes procedures for computer controlled components, indicator devices and linkages between standard and ABS systems, and supplements guidelines for friction materials, rotors, drums, hardware, wheel cylinders, etc.
MAP guidelines are available free to MAP members. Others may purchase them, for $5 per copy, by contacting Mary Stephens at (301) 654-6664.
MAP and its parent, the Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association, recently moved from their former Bethesda, Md., headquarters to downtown Washington. The new address is: 808 17th Street, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20006; phone: (202) 223-9669. Fax: (202) 223-9569.