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AUTO 2500 - Automotive Driveability & Diagnosis

Credit Hours: 3.00


Prerequisites: AUTO 2405  or related work experience

The course covers the proper procedures of tune-up and diagnosis of the automobile internal combustion engine. Emphasis is placed on isolating malfunctions to a particular system and following with the correct procedure to locate the exact problem. The student learns how to make an intelligent diagnosis according to the way in which the vehicle operates. Emphasis is placed on correct use of specifications, equipment, and interpreting test results.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to diagnose the procedure for diagnosing an engine-related driveability symptom.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Choose the correct procedure based on customer complaint.
  2. Display proficient use of Strategy Based Diagnostics.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to differentiate between fuel, ignition, mechanical and emissions related driveability concerns.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Choose the correct strategy to diagnose a fuel related concern.
  2. Choose the correct strategy to diagnose an ignition related concern.
  3. Choose the correct strategy to diagnose an emission related concern.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to conduct on-board computer testing of domestic and foreign vehicles.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Utilize scan tool specific to manufacturers to interpret computer data.
  2. Utilize aftermarket scan tool to diagnose and interpret computer data.
  3. Practice OBD II diagnostic trouble code retrieval and diagnosis.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to diagnose engine mechanical related driveability concerns.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Practice cylinder leak-down testing and interpret results.
  2. Practice vacuum gauge diagnosis and interpret results.
  3. Practice injector flow testing and electrical testing.
  4. Practice static and dynamic compression testing and interpret results accurately.

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

  1. Safety procedures
    1. Basic shop safety rules
    2. Working in a workgroup
    3. Carbon monoxide
    4. Running engines
    5. Fluid spills
    6. Battery chargers
    7. Jumper cables
    8. Vehicle storage and retrieval
  2. Diagnostic equipment overview
    1. DVOM
    2. Hand held scanners
    3. Breakout box
    4. Scan tool introduction
  3. Fuel systems overview
    1. Fuel injection system components and theory of operation
    2. Fuel injection system component testing
  4. Ignition systems overview
    1. Ignition system components and theory of operation
    2. Ignition system component testing
  5. Emission systems overview
    1. Emission system components and theory of operation
    2. Emission system component testing
  6. Driveability diagnosis systematic procedures
    1. GM, Ford, Chrysler strategy based diagnostic procedures
    2. Terminology
    3. Conditions caused by symptoms
  7. Driveability Electronic Service Information
    1. GM, Ford, Chrysler driveability
    2. Utilization of online service manuals
  8. Base engine operating conditions
    1. Terminology
    2. Basic engine requirements
    3. Cylinder pressures
    4. Combustion pressures and temperatures
    5. Exhaust pressures and temperature
    6. Engine operating modes
    7. Atmospheric factors
  9. Base engine causes of driveability symptoms
    1. Engine compression
    2. Engine temperature
    3. Oil control
    4. Mechanical balance
    5. Mechanical clearances
  10. On board computer input and output
    1. Introduction to electronic engine controls
    2. On board computers
    3. Strategies
    4. Analog and digital signals
    5. Passive and active sensors
    6. Frequency, duty cycle and pulse width modulation
    7. Input devices
    8. Output devices
  11. Hand held testers
    1. Snap-on, Mastertech
    2. Tech II & GDS2
    3. Genesys and others
  12. On Board Diagnostics II
    1. Data Link Connectors
    2. Federal Test Procedures
    3. Serial Data Protocols
  13. Intermittent diagnostic techniques
    1. Introduction to Snapshots
    2. Recording data
    3. Payback data
    4. Flight recorder
  14. Graphing
    1. Introduction to graphing

Primary Faculty
Prater, Daniel
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Pawlowski, Timothy
Dean
Hutchison, Donald



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



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