WASHINGTON-After almost three years as the Maintenance Awareness Program, MAP has changed its name to better illustrate what it does. In March, the automotive organization said it will now be known as the ``Motorist Assurance Program.''
``We wanted to make sure that when a motorist sees the MAP name and logo, they think `trust, confidence and credibility,' '' explained MAP President Lawrence S. Hecker. ``The new name more accurately reflects our mission.''
The group's purpose, he said, ``is to strengthen the relationship between the motorist and the automotive service and repair industry through education of both the motorist and service provider, and through the creation of industry standards.''
A special committee of MAP members developed the new name and new focus statement on the group's logo, Standards for Automotive Repair, Mr. Hecker said.
Washington-based MAP was formed in June 1992 by a group of service providers, manufacturers, associations and others concerned about the reputation of the automotive repair industry following service fraud allegations against Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Over the past two years the group has established for its participating companies uniform inspection guidelines which MAP hopes will strengthen communication and trust between the industry and its customers. Use of the guidelines, MAP said, ``will assure consumers that they receive the same service recommendations for their vehicle at any MAP shop that inspected it.''
The organization also announced that it has finished new guidelines covering heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The procedures will cover electrical/vacuum actuators (motors), linkage, cables, vacuum hoses/tubes, evaporator drain tube, controls, function selectors, blower switch, motor, fan and resistor, switches, thermistor/sensors, relays, fuse/fusible link/circuit breaker, wiring harness/connectors, heater core and control valve, and mix/air control doors.
Copies of these guidelines-along with those for engine maintenance and performance, exhaust and brake systems, anti-lock brake systems, and steering and suspension systems-are available by writing MAP at 808 17th St., NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20006, or calling (202) 466-7050. Fax: (202) 223-9569. The procedures are free to members, $9.95 (plus shipping) for non-MAP members.