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MAP Adds Maintenance Recommendation for Power Steering Fluid

An important addition to the Motorist Assurance Program's Uniform Inspection & Communication Standards (UICS) focuses on power steering power steering
A device driven by the engine of a vehicle that facilitates the turning of the steering wheel by the driver.

power steering
 fluid exchange and the replacement of power steering pumps, steering gears and rack & pinion pinion

rear section of a bird's wing; holds the flight feathers.
 units. The new recommendation is effective immediately.

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1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 MAP, laboratory and field testing show that most power steering fluids degrade measurably by 50,000 miles. Therefore, the revised steering and suspension UICS suggests a one-time exchange of power steering fluid at 50,000 miles, so long as a service interval is not included in the manufacturer's maintenance schedule. In addition, a vehicle's power steering fluid should be exchanged whenever a system component-pump, hose, rack & pinion unit-is replaced.

"These additions to MAP's UICS should help facilitate communication between service providers and motorists," said MAP President Barry Soltz. "MAP hopes this standard will be used when counseling consumers about suggested services, so motorists will recognize the importance of preventive maintenance The routine checking of hardware that is performed by a field engineer on a regularly scheduled basis. See remedial maintenance.

preventive maintenance - (PM) To bring down a machine for inspection or test purposes.

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, and act before a component fails."

All UICS are available in PDF (Portable Document Format) The de facto standard for document publishing from Adobe. On the Web, there are countless brochures, data sheets, white papers and technical manuals in the PDF format.  format and can be downloaded from the "Members Only" section of MAP's website, Non-AMRA/MAP members may order current UICS at

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