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College Catalog 2022-2023 
    
College Catalog 2022-2023
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AUTO 1130 - Automotive Steering & Suspension

Credit Hours: 3.00


Prerequisites: None

(formerly AUTO 1110 and AUTO 1120)

This course will cover automotive steering, suspension and alignments as well as diagnosis and service procedures.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to perform an inspection and service of steering system components.

Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate the proper procedure for testing tie rods.
  2. Describe the function of the components that make-up a steering system.
  3. Demonstrate the proper use of tools used to service steering systems.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to perform an inspection and service of the suspension system.

Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate the proper procedure for testing ball joints.
  2. Describe the function of the components that make-up the suspension systems.
  3. Demonstrate the proper use of tools to service suspension systems.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to perform a four wheel alignment.

Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate a camber adjustment.
  2. Demonstrate a caster adjustment.
  3. Demonstrate a toe adjustment.

COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Critical Thinking: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
AUTO 1130 SUSPENSION AND ALIGNMENT 4 CR 5 CONTACT HOURS

  1. SUSPENSION SYSTEM COMPONENTS AND OPERATION
    1. FRAME CONSTRUCTION
      1. LADDER FRAME
      2. PERIMETER FRAME
      3. STUB-TYPE FRAMES
      4. UNI-BODY CONSTRUCTION
      5. SPACE FRAME CONSTRUCTION
    2. SPRING TYPES
    3. TORSION BARS
    4. CONTROL ARMS
    5. BALL JOINTS
    6. STRUT RODS
    7. STABILIZER BARS
    8. SHOCK ABSORBER
    9. STRUTS
  2. FRONT SUSPENSION AND SERVICE
    1. FRONT SUSPENSION TYPES
      1. SOLID AXLE
      2. SHORT/LONG ARM SUSPENSION
      3. STRUT SUSPENSION
    2. TESTING
      1. ROAD TEST
      2. DRY PARK TEST
      3. VISUAL INSPECTION
    3. DIAGNOSIS AND INSPECT FRONT SUSPENSION
      1. BALL JOINT INSPECTION
      2. SHOCK ABSORBER AND STRUT INSPECTION
      3. STABILIZER BAR LINKS AND BUSHING INSPECTION
      4. COIL SPRING DIAGNOSIS
      5. CONTROL ARM INSPECTION
    4. FRONT SUSPENSION COMPONENT REPLACEMENT
      1. BALL JOINTS
      2. SHOCK ABSO RBER AND STRUTS
      3. STABILIZER BAR AND LINKS
      4. FRONT COIL SPRING REPLACEMENT
      5. CONTROL ARM AND BUSHING REPLACEMENT
  3. REAR SUSPENSION AND SERVICE
    1. LEAF SPRING REAR SUSPENSIONS
    2. TRAINING ARM REAR SUSPENSION
    3. INDEPENDENT REAR SUSPENSION
    4. REAR COIL SPRING REPLACEMENT
    5. REAR LEAF SPRING REPLACEMENT
  4. ELECTRONIC SUSPENSION SYSTEMS
    1. ELECTRONIC SENSORS
      1. HEIGHT
      2. STEERING WHEEL POSITION SENSOR
      3. VEHICLE SPEED SENSOR
      4. PRESSURE SENSOR
      5. LATERAL ACCELEROMETER SENSOR
      6. YAW RATE SENSOR
  5. TYPES OF ELECTRONIC SUSPENSION
    1. SELECTABLE RIDE
    2. AUTOMATIC LEVEL CONTROL
    3. AIR SUSPENSION
    4. REAL TIME DAMPENING
  6. STEERING LINKAGE AND SERVICE
    1. STEERING LINKAGE COMPONENTS
      1. RELAY ROD AND REPLACEMENTS
      2. TIE RODS AND REPLACEMENTS
      3. PITMAN ARM AND REPLACEMENTS
      4. DRAG LINK
      5. RACK AND PINION INNER TIE RODS AND REPLACEMENTS
  7. POWER ASSISTED STEERING
    1. POWER STEERING FUNDAMENTALS
      1. FORCE, AREA, PRESSURE
      2. PASCALS LAW
    2. POWER STEERING PUMPS
      1. PRESSURE
      2. VOLUME (FLOW RATE)
      3. INTEGRAL POWER STEERING
      4. VARIABLE EFFORT POWER STEERING
      5. ELECTRIC POWER STEERING
  8. ALIGNMENT PRINCIPLES
    1. ALIGNMENT RELATED PROBLEMS
      1. PULL
      2. LEAD OR DRIFT
      3. ROAD CROWN
      4. WANDER
      5. SLOW RETURN TO CENTER
      6. SHIMMY
    2. ALIGNMENT ANGLES
      1. CAMBER
      2. CASTER
      3. TOE
      4. STEERING AXIS INCLINATION
      5. INCLUDED ANGLE
      6. SCRUB RADIUS
      7. TOE-OUT ON TURNS
      8. SETBACK
      9. THRUST ANGLE
    3. USE OF ALIGNMENT MACHINE
      1. MOUNTING HEADS
      2. COMPENSATING
    4. ALIGNMENT PROCEDURE
      1. ADJUSTING FRONT CAMBER
      2. ADJUSTING FRONT CASTER
      3. ADJUSTING FRONT TOE
      4. ADJUSTING REAR CAMBER

Primary Faculty
Prater, Daniel
Secondary Faculty
LaHaie, Kurtis
Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Dean
Hutchison, Donald



Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088



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