AUTO1508 Automotive Suspension and Alignment

Course Description

Everyone wants to have a smooth comfortable ride in their cars and light trucks, and to maximize the most life out of their tires. To achieve this we need to start with a good steering and suspension system, and an alignment of the vehicle¿s tires.
In this course students will have the opportunity to study steering and suspension system terminology, and theory of operation. To diagnosis, and repair the effects of abnormal tire wear, undesirable handling characteristics, noises, sags and other steering, suspension and alignment problems. To apply, specific geometric angles, and terms, as used in the inspection and repair of vehicle suspensions and four-wheel alignments. The course will also provide and introduced to some of the latest technologies and equipment used to measure and correct these alignment angles. How to diagnosis and repair Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) concerns. Along with developing the skills necessary to perform at an entry level technician position.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and perform safety procedures
  • Develop pollution preventive procedures involving lubricants, parts and components, and disposal or recycling of tires.
  • Diagnose and repair abnormal tire wear, undesirable handling characteristics, noises, sags and other steering and suspension problems using processes, tools and equipment consistent with the automotive industry.
  • Inspect and maintain all steering and suspension components and systems.
  • Diagnose and repair steering and suspension system problems using processes, tools and equipment consistent with automotive industry.
  • Introduced or proficient with the latest technologies and equipment used to measure and correct wheel alignment angles.
  • Diagnose TPMS related concerns
  • Relearn/reprogram TPMS sensors after service/repairs

Prerequisite

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4 credits: 2 lectures / presentations, 2 lab, 0 other