The Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) has updated its Uniform Inspection & Communication Standards (UICS) for brake systems, engine maintenance and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
MAP, which publishes updated standards biennially, made addendums to its existing information and is distributing them immediately for its 7,000-plus accredited repair outlets to have on hand, said Tim Tierney, MAP's director of operations and programs. He said the changes will be incorporated in MAP's 2006 publication of its UICS along with any other corrections that may come along.
The group has added to chemical engine decarbonization a statement recommending that the process be performed 15,000 miles or a year beyond the most recent chemical engine decarbonization. Under HVAC, MAP added a definition for air conditioning system flushing and a statement regarding the use of high- and low-side inline filters to prevent future component damage.
Mr. Tierney said replacing inline filters when replacing evaporators and heating cases isn't recommended by the original equipment manufacturers, but MAP is suggesting it because AC compressor manufacturers require the procedure to comply with their warranty requirements.
MAP also issued a statement regarding brake system fluid conditions, specifically requiring fluid replacement when corrosion inhibitors are depleted. The group stipulated that a copper content of 200 ppm or greater indicates a depletion of corrosion inhibitors in the brake fluid.
``We've come up with recommendations from our technical committee where we've compiled all the research information and the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) papers and independent research that we could to verify the repairs,'' Mr. Tierney said. ``For instance, the engine decarbonization isn't a factory-recommended maintenance item even though everybody offers it.''
The new recommendations to UICS will be updated by MAP at this year's Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week trade shows in Las Vegas, Mr. Tierney said. All MAP-accredited facilities will have to incorporate the new standards next year by April 15.