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AUTO 111 - Brakes/Suspension/Steering

16 credits

Placement in MATH 060 , ENGL 060 , and READ 080 ; and instructor permission.

The foundation of Automotive Technology provided in this course includes a study of safety rules and procedures, use of shop tools, equipment, steering, suspension, and alignment procedures currently in use by the automotive industry. This course provides theory and application of conventional and strut-type suspension systems and modern braking systems. The student is introduced to conventional and rack and pinion types of steering systems, applies two-wheel and four-wheel alignment procedures, applies tire and wheel balance procedures. The second part of this course is a study of brakes and brake control systems, including brake system hydraulics and hardware. The student will practice brake service procedures, brake performance, diagnostic, and troubleshooting methods.

Theory Hours
8 theory hours.

Guided Practice Hours
16 guided practice hours.

Vocational Program Course
Vocational program course.

AA General Elective
May be used as a general elective in the AA degree.

Course Outcomes
To meet the course standards and demonstrate the ability to meet the outcomes expectations of this course (competency in the discipline (4 CD), literacy (2 L), critical thinking (3 CT), social and personal responsibility (4 SP), and information use (4 IU)] student will:

  • Demonstrate employability by following safe work practices, being on time, maintaining proper attendance, and properly following written and oral instruction (SP)
  • Demonstrate safety and proper work habit (CD, SP)
  • Meet NATEF competency criteria in the following areas:
    • Identify safety rules and procedures. (L, CT, IU)
    • Identify measuring instruments and procedures. (L, CT, IU)
    • Identify automotive service tools and equipment. (L, CT, IU)
    • Identify the various components used on automotive steering and suspension systems and describe the function of each. (L, IU)
    • Diagnose any malfunction of the steering and suspension components used on automobiles. (CD, CT, IU)
    • Identify all the measurements to be made when properly checking the alignment of an automobile. (CD, CT, SP, IU)
    • Diagnose tire wear problems and/or vibrations and describe the necessary repairs.
      (CD, CT, IU)
    • Disassemble, inspect, clean, and re-assemble all components of the steering and suspension systems as in accordance to the service manuals procedures. (CD, L, SP, IU)
    • Perform two-wheel alignments. (CD, CT, SP, IU)
    • Perform four-wheel alignments. (CD, CT, SP, IU)
    • Perform tire balancing. (CD, CT, SP, IU)
    • Identify the various brake components used on automobiles and describe the functions of each. (L, CT)
    • Diagnose brake component/system malfunctions. (CD, CT, SP, IU)
    • Identify the special tools necessary to properly diagnose and repair brake components/system malfunction(s). (L, US)
    • Demonstrate proper use of special tools in diagnosing and repairing brake component malfunctions. (CD, SP, IU)
    • Disassemble, clean, inspect, and measure for wear all components of brake systems following established service manual procedures. (CD, CT, SP, IU)
    • Refinish a brake rotor and/or brake drum following established service manual procedures. (CD, L, SP, IU)

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