Catalog 2017-2018 
    Mar 19, 2018  
Catalog 2017-2018

AUTO 144 Suspension, Steering, and Alignment

6 credits
This course focuses on the understanding, diagnosis and repair of automotive suspension, steering and alignment principles utilizing industry standards, equipment and techniques.

Prerequisites: TRAN 110 , TRAN 112 , TRAN 113 , and TRAN 125  

Corequisites: AUTO 140  

Quarters Offered: Winter, Summer

Global Outcomes:
This course teaches to the global outcome of Information Literacy.

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Describe construction and identify components of typical steering and suspension systems
  • Describe the geometry and measurements of common steering and suspension systems
  • Describe sizes and construction of tires and wheels as they relate to the industry
  • Safely disarm and enable Supplemental Restraint System
  • Safely remove and properly replace Supplemental Restraint System components
  • Perform damage and defective parts analysis on most types of steering and suspension systems
  • Analyze Suspension and Steering noises and vibrations
  • Remove and replace most types of steering and suspension components using the proper tools and techniques
  • Use shop equipment dealing with steering/suspension/alignment, including four wheel alignment rack, tire machines, wheel balancers, and McPherson strut tools
  • Make measurements and corrections as necessary/applicable
  • Apply the knowledge of hazardous material laws and processes to their training and future employment
  • Apply the knowledge of safety laws and common sense safety to lifting vehicles and performing suspension repair and alignment procedures
  • Interact professionally with employers, customers and fellow workers while working on suspensions and performing alignments 

Total Hours: 90 Lecture Hours: 30 Lab or Clinical Hours: 60