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I. CATALOG DESCRIPTION:II. NUMBER OF TIMES COURSE MAY BE TAKEN FOR CREDIT: FourIII. PREREQUISITE AND/OR ADVISORY SKILLS: NoneIV. MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES:A. explain the fundamentals and theory of automotive steering and suspension systems;B. apply principles to laboratory exercises in diagnosing, testing repair and adjustment;C. isolate system problems with the use of a scan-tester, identify basic components of electronic suspension systems;D. conduct four wheel alignments;E. identify tire and wheel problems;F. isolate vibration concerns by use of vibration analyzers and tachometers;G. compare McPherson strut and “A” Arm type suspension systems;H. maintain a clean and professional environment.V. CONTENT:A. Fundamentals and theory of automotive steering and suspension systems1. System geometry and alignment specifications.2. Fundamental principals of electrical flow, and component operation.B. Applied principal competencies1. Perform alignment.2. Diagnosis vibration, electrical, and mechanical concerns.C. Electronic components1. Identify and list functionality of electronic components.2. Test and verify functionality of components.3. Demonstrate use of a scanner, and volt/ohm testersD. Alignments1. Perform two wheel alignments.2. Perform four-wheel alignments.3. Conduct toe only adjustments.4. Check cradle adjustments.E. Tire and wheel problems1. Check radial and lateral variations on both tires and wheels.2. Make bearing pre-load adjustments.3. Perform vibration correction tests to isolate customer concerns.F. Vibration concerns1. Perform vibration correction tests.2. Isolate vibrations.3. Identify type, frequency, and order of vibrations.G. McPherson strut and “A” –Arm type suspension systems1. Identify types of suspensions.2. Perform adjustments pertaining to type of system.3. Describe safety precautions and warning.4. List benefits for each type systemH. Professional environment1. Safety glasses (Clear lens) worn in all Laboratory areas.2. No loose clothing (Coveralls strongly recommended).3. Long Hair secured.4. No open toe shoes (safety shoes recommended).5. Work areas maintained; clean free of debris and spillsVI. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION:A. Lecture and DiscussionB. Audio and Visual material:1. PowerPoint presentations.2. Mockup parts from automobilesC. Student Hands-on laboratory activities and assignments.D. Group discussionVII. TYPICAL ASSIGNMENTS:A. Lecture based assignments1. Text reading2. Oral presentation3. Class discussion4. Student Lab work sheets with emphasis on Hands-on applications.5. Review of Lab sheets in both Lab and class settings.B. Lab based assignments1. Completion of applied activities2. Lab activity worksheet3. Diagnosis and debugging4. Demonstrations of skill competencesVIII. EVALUATION:A. Performance of Lab projectsB. Home work assignment completionC. Lab assignments from text and instructorD. Professionalism of student in shop practices, including safety, maintenance of work areas, and customer service.E. Quizzes: Midterm and Final examination1. Typical exam questions:a. While performing a four wheel alignment you fine a Ball joint with excessive play what is your first need?i. Continue with alignmentii. Repair ball joint and continue alignmentiii. Notify customer of needed repairsiv. Stop all repairsb. A vehicle is in for repairs for “Suspension Service” lamp on, you should start with?i. Check for codesii. Road test vehicleiii. Charge batteryiv. Begin at diagnostic system checkF. Frequency1. Weekly Quizzes2. Weekly Lab Assignments3. Midterm4. FinalIX. TYPICAL TEXTS:A. Knowles, Don, Automotive Suspension & Steering Systems, Third Edition. Delmar Publishing, 2003.B. James D. Halderman, Automotive Chassis Systems, 4/E, Prentice Hall, 2008.X. OTHER MATERIALS REQUIRED OF STUDENTS:Las Positas College3033 Collier Canyon RoadLivermore, CA 94551(925) 424-1000(925) 443-0742 (Fax)Course Outline for Automotive Apprenticeship 97IAUTOMOTIVE STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS I. CATALOG DESCRIPTION:APAU 97I—AUTOMOTIVE STEERING AND SUSPENSION—3 unitsDiagnosis, evaluation, testing, adjustment, and repair of steering and suspension systems.Including all common automotive steering and suspension systems both car and truck. Future systems will also be covered. Students are encouraged to enroll in Automotive Labconcurrently. Only students who are part of the automotive apprenticeship may enroll in an APAU class. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.II. NUMBER OF TIMES COURSE MAY BE TAKEN FOR CREDIT: Four III. PREREQUISITE AND/OR ADVISORY SKILLS: None IV. MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES:Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:A. explain the fundamentals and theory of automotive steering and suspension systems;B. apply principles to laboratory exercises in diagnosing, testing repair and adjustment;C. isolate system problems with the use of a scan-tester, identify basic components of electronic suspension systems;D. conduct four wheel alignments;E. identify tire and wheel problems;F. isolate vibration concerns by use of vibration analyzers and tachometers;G. compare McPherson strut and “A” Arm type suspension systems;H. maintain a clean and professional environment.V. CONTENT:A. Fundamentals and theory of automotive steering and suspension systems1. System geometry and alignment specifications.2. Fundamental principals of electrical flow, and component operation.B. Applied principal competencies1. Perform alignment.2. Diagnosis vibration, electrical, and mechanical concerns.C. Electronic components1. Identify and list functionality of electronic components.2. Test and verify functionality of components.3. Demonstrate use of a scanner, and volt/ohm testers D. Alignments1. Perform two wheel alignments.2. Perform four-wheel alignments.3. Conduct toe only adjustments.4. Check cradle adjustments.Course Outline for Automotive Apprenticeship 97I Page 2AUTOMOTIVE STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMSE. Tire and wheel problems1. Check radial and lateral variations on both tires and wheels.2. Make bearing pre-load adjustments.3. Perform vibration correction tests to isolate customer concerns.F. Vibration concerns1. Perform vibration correction tests.2. Isolate vibrations.3. Identify type, frequency, and order of vibrations.G. McPherson strut and “A” –Arm type suspension systems1. Identify types of suspensions.2. Perform adjustments pertaining to type of system.3. Describe safety precautions and warning.4. List benefits for each type systemH.


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