May 21, 2018  
Spring 2018 Catalog 
    
Spring 2018 Catalog

AU 131 - Lab for Suspension, Alignment and Brakes


Credit Hours: 2

Practical application of lecture topics.  Students will perform repair and adjustment of the steering, suspension and brake systems on modern automobiles and light trucks.  (AU course required for Autobody Major.)

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

  • inspect a vehicles complete brake, steering and suspension system and determine condition of the components and if repair or replacement is necessary. A lab report and inspection form will be used to determine competency;
  • repair a vehicles disc brake system. This will include but not be limited to the replacement of the brake pads, machining or replacement of the brake rotors, maintenance of the brake caliper and bleeding of the brake system. Competency will be based upon a student working in the lab and a lab report;
  • repair a vehicles drum brake system. This will include but not be limited to the replacement of drum brake shoes, hardware, machining or replacement of the drums, adjustment of the parking brake and bleeding of the hydraulic system. The students will be assessed by their lab report and working in the lab;
  • repair a vehicles hydraulic brake system. This could include but not be limited to master cylinder, disc brake caliper, wheel cylinder, ABS hydraulic control unit, lines and hoses. Competency will be based upon efforts in the lab and a written lab report;
  • repair a vehicles wheel, tire and/or wheel bearing. This will include but not be limited to dismounting and mounting of a tire, repair of the tire, balancing of the assembly and the replacement or service to the wheel bearing. Lab work combined with a lab report will be used for assessment;
  • repair the front and rear suspension of a vehicle. This could include the springs, shock absorbers, bushings, control arms ball joints or steering knuckles. Competency will be based on working in the lab and a lab report; and
  • repair the steering system of a vehicle. This could include but not be limited to the repair or replacement of the steering gear, steering column, power steering pump, steering linkage and the alignment of all 4 wheels of the vehicle. Competency will be based on working in the lab and a lab report.


Concurrent Registration: AU 130
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