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AUTO 2340 - Automatic Transmission Fundamentals

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: AUTO 1000 , AUTO 1040 , and AUTO 1330 

(formerly AUTO 1320)

This course will include information on hydraulic fundamentals, valves, pumps and hydraulic system diagnosis. Transmission mechanical devices including, apply devices, planetary gear sets and power flow will be covered. Electrical components and control systems diagnosis will be emphasized. The 4l60-E transmission will be used to cover this material.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the relationship between hydraulic pressure, force and area.


  1. Describe the effect area has on hydraulic force.
  2. Describe the effect pressure has on hydraulic force.
  3. Use Pascals Law to find clutch hydraulic apply force.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the function of the major hydraulic control valves and check balls.


  1. Describe the function of valves that effect main line pressure, throttle pressure and modulator pressure.
  2. Explain how shift valves are upshifted and downshifted.
  3. Explain the use of check balls in the valve body.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the function of holding clutches and input clutches.


  1. Identify the different types of holding clutches.
  2. Identify the input clutches.
  3. Inspect clutches for signs of failure.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to indicate power flow using different planetary gearsets.


  1. Explain the rules for a simple planetary gearset.
  2. Explain the power flow of a simpson planetary gearset in a three speed transmission.
  3. Demonstrate the power flow for a 4l60-E transmission.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the function and diagnosis of electrical components.


  1. Classify components as input or output components.
  2. Use a scan tool to access data and diagnostic trouble codes.
  3. Describe the use of output controls.

• 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
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES

AUTO 1340 Automatic Transmission Fundamentals

Course Content Area

  1. Hydraulic Fundamentals
    1. pressure, area, force
    2. line pressure, throttle pressure, governor pressure
    3. Pascals Law
    4. orifices
    5. pressure control valves
    6. hydraulic pumps
    7. accumulators
    8. check balls
    9. valve body plates
    10. diagnosis to include pressure testing
  2. Mechanical Components
    1. input clutches
    2. holding clutches, hydraulic and mechanical
    3. planetary gearsets
    4. power flow 4l60-E transmission
    5. final drive operation
    6. rebuild procedures for mechanical components
  3. Electrical Systems
    1. input components
    2. output components
    3. output controls
    4. scan tool use to obtain data and trouble codes
    5. special function use of scan tool
    6. diagnosis of electrical components

Primary Faculty
Rossow, Matthew
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Jewett, Mark
Hutchison, Donald

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

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