Basic Automotive Brakes, Suspension & Steering Systems

 

  • To conduct a professional inspection of the brake, suspension & steering system and how to use diagnostic equipment for a brake system diagnostic evaluation for a complete analysis of the brake system condition to determine if and what maintenance or repair is needed. Students will be equipped with the skills and behaviors necessary to be competent in the brake system and diagnostics of the system malfunctions.
  • This is a skills-intensive course designed to prepare and instruct the student about the various brake systems. The lecture will focus on the function and operations of the braking systems. The student will learn through hands-on training, how to disassemble, reassemble, and repair automotive braking systems. Students will have a complete understanding of the functions of the braking systems. Students will become familiar with the various parts of the braking system: calipers, wheel cylinders, parking brake assembly, master cylinder, wheel bearings, power booster, brake hoses, brake drums and rotors, brake fluids, and anti-lock brake system components (ABS). Upon completion, the student will be able to install new brake pads and/or shoes, resurface drums and/or rotors, flush the brake system, clean and adjust rear axle brakes, test drive and install calipers and/or wheel cylinders.
  • Identify steering and suspension components, understand the function of each steering and suspension component. Demonstrate the ability to diagnosis system components.  Demonstrate the ability to service system components.  Diagnosis and repair of automotive suspension and steering systems including electronically controlled systems. Includes component repair, alignment procedures, and tire and wheel service. May be taught manufacturer specific
  • Identify drive axle components, diagnose and service drive axle components. Identify vehicles with thrust or complete alignment capabilities.  Demonstrate the ability to perform thrust alignment.  Demonstrate the ability to perform complete 4 wheel alignments.  Identify components in the axle assemblies, diagnose and service axle assemblies.  Utilize appropriate safety procedures; explain operations of suspension and steering systems; diagnose and repair system components, including electronically controlled systems; perform wheel alignment procedures, and perform tire service and repair.
  • The brake, suspension & steering system repairs improve the student’s skills level and knowledge of the systems combine how the brakes, suspension & steering work together. The student will also be instructed about current trends, new technology and the use of tools in the automotive industry.

Course Descriptions

AUMT-1257 Basic Automotive Brakes, Suspension & Steering Systems Theories (Lec.15) (Lab 50) Prerequisite: Life Skills

The students will learn about theories related to the automotive brake, suspension & steering systems. Theories related to the design, operation, and servicing automotive braking, suspension & steering systems will be covered, including disc and drum type brakes, hydraulic systems, power assist components, anti-lock brake systems and diagnosis and reconditioning procedures to repair and maintain the braking system.   Remove and replace steering wheel; center/time supplemental restraint system, diagnose steering column noise, looseness, and binding concerns.   How the combination works together in the automotive system.

AUMT-1310 Basic Automotive Brakes, Suspension & Steering Systems Principals (Lec.15) (Lab 50) Prerequisite: Life Skills

In this course, the student will apply previous classroom studies to the principals of the automotive brake, suspension & steering system. Emphasis will be on the safe use of equipment to repair and maintain the braking system. Inspect steering shaft universal-joint, flexible couplings, collapsible column, lock cylinder mechanism, and steering wheel, diagnose short and long arm suspension system noises, body sway, and uneven ride height concerns; test and diagnose components of electronically controlled suspension system using a scan tool

Topics are brake theories and principals, diagnostic techniques, and repair of power, manual, anti-lock and parking brakes.  How the combination works together in the automotive system.

AUMT-1311 Basic Automotive Brakes, Suspension & Steering Systems Diagnostic Tools & Equipment (Lec.30) (Lab 50) Prerequisite: Life Skills

This course is the hands-on intensive course, which covers the diagnostic tools and equipment to repair and install the automotive Brake, Suspension & Steering system to ensure safety as required. Emphasis on troubleshooting and repair of failed components. Students will learn skills to repair and install parts of the Brake, Suspension & Steering system utilizing the knowledge and competencies learned in the previous courses.

AUMT-1312 Basic Automotive Brakes, Suspension & Steering Systems Repair & Installment (Lec.30) (Lab 50) Prerequisite: Life Skills

Through classroom lectures, laboratory participation, visual and audio demonstrations, students will be able to perform all brake, suspension & steering systems repairs.  Determine repairs using service publications and special service tools; Study of design, function, maintenance, and repair of steering and suspension systems. Two weeks is scheduled for the student to learn to effectively maintain and repair automotive systems.

AUMT-1313 Basic Automotive Shop In-Car Servicing (Lec.30) (Lab 50) Prerequisite: Life Skills

This course will apply all of the course objectives and the students will apply these learned skills in the shop to service brakes, suspension & steering systems of used and late model cars. Students will disassemble and reassemble the brakes, suspension & steering system and explain to the instructor each part of the systems.  Dismount, inspect, install remount tire on the wheel; balance wheel and tire assembly.  Inspect, diagnose, and calibrate tire pressure monitoring system.  Rotate tires according to manufacturer’s recommendations.  The students will be expected to tell name the type of toll or equipment used to perform certain functions to repair and install parts to improve the automobile system. This course focuses on hands-on training and demonstration of the student’s skills, knowledge, and abilities.

POFT-1127 Basic Computer Skills (Lab 45) Prerequisite: None

This course teaches the basic skills for the students to use the computer and internet to search for parts information, find, repair, fault tracing instruction, and download software. The students will learn to do VIN breakdowns, engine ID breakdowns; product plates, how to use an acronym guide, download diagrams, descriptions, and locate parts in/for the vehicle. The students will learn basic computer terms and procedures, keyboarding skills, and how to connect a computer to diagnosis a vehicle.

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