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    Erie Community College
   
 
  Dec 18, 2017
 
 
    
Fall 2017 Catalog

AU 130 - Suspension, Alignment and Brakes


Credit Hours: 2

Theoretical and practical study of the steering, suspension and brakes systems of an automobile. Included will be the diagnosis, repair and servicing of the above systems. (AU course required for Auto Body Major.)

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • describe the operation and function of the components of Non-servo & Duo-servo drum brake systems by naming the components and answering multiple choice, true/false questions and labeling a diagram on an exam;
  • describe the operation and function of the components of fixed, floating and sliding disc brake caliper systems by answering multiple choice and/or true/false questions on an exam;
  • understand the basic principles of hydraulics and how they apply to the operation and function of all the hydraulic components of the brake system. This includes the master cylinder, combination valve, ABS HCU, lines, hoses, calipers and wheel cylinders. An exam will be give with multiple choice and/or true false questions;
  • understand terminology associated with automotive brake systems, wheels, tires and the principles of how a vehicle stops. Competency will be based on an exam with multiple choice and/or true/false questions;
  • understand the terminology and concepts associated with steering, suspension and alignment of an automobile including but not limited to Camber, Caster, Toe, Steering Axis Inclination and Toe Out on turns and how they affect the stability of an automobile. Competency will be based upon an exam with multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank and short answer questions;
  • understand the function and operation of front suspension systems and any applicable terminology. An exam will be given for competency with multiple choice and true/false questions;
  • understand the function and operation of rear suspension systems and any applicable terminology. An exam will be given for competency with multiple choice and true/false questions; and
  • describe the operation and function of the steering systems of automobiles. This will include but not be limited to conventional and rack and pinion steering gears; power steering pumps, hoses and lines; steering columns and four wheel steering. Competency will be based on an exam with multiple choice and true/false questions.


Concurrent Registration: AU 131
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