Feb 05, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
    
2022-2023 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 and Duo-servo drum brake systems;
  • describe the operation and function of the components of fixed, floating and sliding disc brake caliper systems;
  • 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;
  • understand the terminology associated with automotive brake systems, wheels, tires, and the principles of how a vehicle stops.
  • understand the terminology associated 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.
  • understand the function and operation of front suspension systems and any applicable terminology.
  • understand the function and operation of rear suspension systems and any applicable terminology.
  • 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.


Concurrent Registration: AU 131
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