MASTER COURSE SYLLABUS

For

AUT 141A : SUSPENSION & STEERING LAB

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is an optional lab to be used as an alternative to co-op placement in meeting the NATEF standards for total hours. Topics include manual and power steering systems and standard and electronically controlled suspension and steering systems. Upon completion, students should be able to service and repair steering and suspension components, check and adjust alignment angles, repair tires, and balance wheels.

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: AUT 141

Class Hours: 0        Lab Hours: 3        Clinical/Work Exp.: 0        Credit Hours: 1

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

SUSPENSION AND STEERING
General: Suspension and Steering Systems

  • Research applicable vehicle and service information, vehicle service history, service precautions, and technical service bulletins.

  • Identify and interpret suspension and steering system concerns, determine necessary action.

SUSPENSION AND STEERING
Steering Systems Diagnosis and Repair

  • Disable and enable supplemental restraint systems (SRS).

  • Remove and replace steering wheel; center/time supplemental restraint system (SRS) coil, (clock spring).

  • Diagnose steering column noises, looseness, and binding concerns (including tilt mechanisms); determine necessary action.

  • Diagnose power steering gear (non-rack and pinion) binding, uneven turning effort, looseness, hard steering, and noise concerns; determine necessary action.

  • Diagnose power steering gear (rack and pinion) binding, uneven turning effort, looseness, hard steering, and noise concerns; determine necessary action.

  • Inspect steering shaft universal-joint(s), flexible coupling(s), collapsible column, lock cylinder mechanism, and steering wheel; perform necessary action.

  • Inspect rack and pinion steering gear inner tie rod ends (sockets) and bellows boots; replace as needed.

  • Determine proper power steering fluid type; inspect fluid level and condition.

  • Flush, fill, and bleed power steering system.

  • Inspect for power steering fluid leakage; determine necessary action.

  • Remove and reinstall power steering pump.

  • Remove and reinstall press fit power steering pump pulley; check pulley and belt alignment.

  • Inspect and replace power steering hoses and fittings.

  • Inspect, replace, and adjust tie rod ends (sockets), tie rod sleeves, and clamps.

  • Identify hybrid vehicle power steering system electrical circuits and safety precautions.

  • Inspect electric power assisted steering.

SUSPENSION AND STEERING
Suspension Systems Diagnosis and Repair

  • Diagnose short and long arm suspension system noises, body sway, and uneven ride height concerns; determine necessary action.

  • Diagnose strut suspension system noises, body sway, and uneven ride height concerns; determine necessary action.

  • Inspect, remove, and install upper and/or lower ball joints(with or without wear indicators).

  • Inspect, remove and install steering knuckle assemblies.

  • Inspect, remove and install short and long arm suspension system coil springs and spring insulators.

  • Inspect, remove, and install front stabilizer bar (sway bar) bushings, brackets, and links.

  • Inspect, remove, and install strut cartridge or assembly, strut coil spring, insulators (silencers), and upper strut bearing mount.

  • Inspect rear suspension system leaf spring(s), bushings, center pin(bolts), and mounts.

SUSPENSION AND STEERING
Related Suspension and Steering Service

  • Inspect, remove, and replace shock absorbers; inspect shock mounts and bushings.

  • Remove, inspect, and service or replace front and rear wheel bearings.

  • Describe the function of the power steering pressure switch.

SUSPENSION AND STEERING
Wheel Alignment Diagnosis, Adjustment, and Repair

  • Diagnose vehicle wander, drift, pull, hard steering, bump steer, memory steer, torque steer, and steering return concerns; determine necessary action.

  • Perform prealignment inspection and measure vehicle ride height; perform necessary action.

  • Prepare vehicle for wheel alignment on alignment machine; perform four-wheel alignment by checking and adjusting front and rear wheel caster, camber, and toe as required; center steering wheel.

  • Check toe-out-on-turns (turning radius); determine necessary action.

  • Check SAI (steering axis inclination) and included angle; determine necessary action.

  • Check rear wheel thrust angle; determine necessary action.

  • Check for front wheel setback; determine necessary action.

SUSPENSION AND STEERING
Wheels and Tires Diagnosis and Repair

  • Inspect tire condition; identify tire wear patterns; check for correct tire size and application (load and speed ratings) and adjust air pressure; determine necessary action.

  • Diagnose wheel/tire vibration, shimmy, and noise; determine necessary action.

  • Rotate tires according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

  • Measure wheel, tire, axle flange, and hub runout; determine necessary action.

  • Diagnose tire pull problems; determine necessary action.

  • Dismount, inspect, and remount tire on wheel; balance wheel and tire assembly, (static and dynamic).

  • Dismount, inspect, and remount tire on wheel equipped with tire pressure monitoring system sensor.

  • Inspect tire and wheel assembly for air loss; perform necessary action.

  • Repair tire using internal patch.

  • Identify and test air pressure monitoring system (indirect and direct) for operation; calibrate system; verify operation of instrument panel lamps.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of steps required to remove and replace sensors in a tire pressure monitoring system.

GRADING SCALE

A Excellent 4 Grade Points Numerical grade of 90 - 100
B Above Average 3 Grade Points Numerical grade of 80 - 89
C Average 2 Grade Points Numerical grade of 70 - 79
D Below Average 1 Grade Point Numerical grade of 60 - 69
F Failed 0 Grade Point Numerical below 60
WP Withdraw Passing 0 Grade Point Issued if the course is dropped after the
census date and on or before the 50% point
of the course unless the instructor issues
a WF based on extenuating circumstances
WF Withdraw Failing 0 Grade Point Issued if the course is dropped after the
50% point of the course or the instructor
chooses based on extenuating circumstances

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT
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Regular, prompt attendance is essential for academic success. Students should strive for perfect attendance. It is recognized, however, that students may be absent from class occasionally. Students should reference the instructor's syllabus to determine the attendance requirement for this course. The instructor is responsible for enforcing the attendance requirement. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from the course. Students may complete the withdrawal process in the Advising Center. Students may receive a grade of WP if they withdraw from a course by the 50% point/date of the course. Any student withdrawals that occur after the 50% point will result in a grade of WF. Exceptions to the "WF" grade may exist if the student has a mitigating circumstance. Students are encouraged to discuss withdrawal options with the faculty member and complete the withdrawal process in the Advising Center. Students who come in after the scheduled starting time or students who leave before the scheduled ending time will be counted as tardy. Students should reference the instructor's syllabus to determine the tardy requirement for this course. The instructor is responsible for enforcing the tardy requirement.

ELECTRONIC DEVICE USE STATEMENT

To preserve the best learning environment for all students, all cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off and stored with other personal property in book bags while class is in session. Ear buds must be removed. If a student uses these devices during class, the instructor will require the student to leave because text messaging and other activities disturb the class and prevent others from concentrating on class work. If a student uses electronic devices during a test or quiz, a zero will be recorded for that assignment, and the instructor may withdraw the student from the course. The use of a phone in any way during a test or the discussion of a graded test is strictly prohibited and considered cheating.

DISABILITY STATEMENT

If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact Frank Pait, Counselor for Students with Disabilities, at extension 4222, in the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) located on the first floor of the Cuyler A. Dunbar Building (CAD).

If you are a student with a mobility impairment and have a class in a multi-story building, please discuss evacuation plans with your instructor.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE STATEMENT

Students shall be permitted excused absences from all classes two days per academic year for religious observances required by their faith. The absences requested in accordance with this policy are "one of" and not "in addition to" any absences otherwise permitted by the faculty for a class. The excused absence request must be submitted by the second class meeting and a minimum of two (2) weeks in advance of the absence. Please contact your instructor for the required forms.

ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at CVCC are expected to be honest in all academic pursuits, whether class, lab, shop, or clinical. Acts of academic dishonesty are considered unethical and subject to behavior sanctions. Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Sharing information about the content of quizzes, exams, classroom/lab/shop/clinical assignments (scheduled or make-up) without approval of the instructor including but not limited to unauthorized copying, collaboration, or use of notes, books, or other materials when preparing for or completing examinations or other academic assignments (scheduled or make-up).

2. Buying, selling, or otherwise obtaining a copy of a quiz, exams, project, term paper, or like document, without approval of the instructor.

3. Plagiarism, which is defined as the intentional representation of another person's work, words, thoughts, or ideas (from any source) as one's own.

4. Failing to follow approved test taking procedures by performing such acts as:
  • Looking on another student's test
  • Use of unauthorized notes; written, electronic, or otherwise
  • Changing answers after exam is scored
  • Verbal, non-verbal, or electronic communication with another student during an exam

Instructors have the authority to impose either a warning, probation, or dismissal from the class for acts of academic dishonesty relative to classes under their supervision.

Students have an obligation to report any acts of academic dishonesty to the instructor or appropriate campus authority when reasonable grounds exist for such a report. Students also have a responsibility to cooperate in the investigation of any alleged acts of academic dishonesty. Failure to report acts of academic dishonesty could result in a behavior sanction as outlined in the Student Conduct Policy, Policy 3.18

CVCC EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

To Report a Serious Emergency Dial 911 from any campus phone or 911 from mobile phones; then dial 711 (Campus Safety & Security) from a campus phone.

For specific CVCC emergencies guidelines, please refer to the CVCC Emergency Guidebook

Lockdown

Quickly get all persons behind a locked door, close blinds, lock all windows/doors, and turn off lights. Sit against an interior wall away from windows and doors (hide). Keep cell phones ON in silent mode or vibrate. Do not leave the locked area until notified by a known CVCC administrator or by law enforcement that the emergency is over.

Seek Shelter (tornados, hurricanes, etc.)
Move to hallways and/or other inner rooms. Stay away from windows and doors. Sit on floor facing the inner wall and shield head with hands. Remain in shelter until notified by CVCC administration or by emergency personnel that the danger is over.

Building Evacuation
Leave the building immediately and proceed to a parking lot location at least 300 feet from the building. Do not delay to retrieve books or other personal items. Do not use elevators. Do not touch suspicious objects. Stay clear of the building once outside. Faculty should take class rosters if possible and account for all students at evacuation locations. Report any special assistance needed to CVCC faculty/staff or to emergency personnel. If you are aware or suspect someone is trapped in a threatened building, notify CVCC faculty/staff or emergency personnel. Remain at your building evacuation location until further instructions are provided by CVCC administration or by emergency personnel. In case of bomb threat, avoid using cell phones and wireless devices; this may detonate the bomb.

Smoke, Fire or Hazardous Materials
Activate the nearest fire alarm. Before attempting to fight a fire, notify someone nearby. Never attempt to fight a fire larger than wastebasket size. Close doors and windows to isolate the problem if the situation permits. If trapped in a building during a fire, use wet towels or cloths to protect you from flames and smoke. Stop/drop/roll if your clothes catch on fire. Do not open doors that feel hot. Always stay between the fire and an exit. Stay low to the floor as you try to exit.

Personal Emergencies
Unless you feel threatened, stay with the victim until emergency personnel arrive. Avoid contact with bodily fluids. Stay calm and try to minimize panic. If the person is conscious, ask if he/she is a High School student (if so, include this information in your 911 call).

Emergency Procedures Revised: April 4, 2012


Cell phone backup to 711 Campus Safety & Security:
828-514-7025

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