Jun 23, 2024  
2024-2025 College Catalog 
    
2024-2025 College Catalog

AFM 151 - Automotive Braking and Vehicle Dynamic Systems

3 Credits, 5 Contact Hours
2 lecture periods 3 lab periods
Function, componentry, diagnosis and service of automotive and light truck brake systems including various computer-controlled Vehicle Dynamic Systems (VDS).

Prerequisite(s): AFM 101  and AFM 161  
Information: Students who successfully complete this course may receive Service Technician Specialty Training credit from Ford Motor Company for Vehicle Braking Systems and Advanced Brake Systems Diagnosis and Service.
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain automotive brake system fundamental functions.
  2. Describe vehicle brake system componentry, purposes, functions, and design variants.
  3. Assess vehicle brake service practices and procedures.
  4. Evaluate Ford electric brake booster operation and diagnostics.
  5. Explain vehicle dynamic system functions.
  6. Assess vehicle dynamic system diagnostics and repair practices.
  7. Diagnose and service disc and drum brake componentry.
  8. Diagnose vehicle dynamic system malfunctions using a scan tool and multimeter.

Outline:
  1. Brake system technology
    1. Drum and disc brakes
  2. Brake system mechanics and hydraulics
    1. Pascal’s Law
    2. Levers
  3. Brake system components
    1. Pedal assemblies
    2. Master cylinders
    3. Power actuators
      1. Pneumatic
      2. Hydraulic
      3. Electronic
    4. Fluids
      1. Glycol-based
      2. Silicone-based
    5. Lines and hoses
    6. Disc assemblies
    7. Drum assemblies
    8. Switches
    9. Control valves
  4. Parking brake mechanisms
  5. Brake system diagnosis, service, and repair
    1. Troubleshooting techniques
    2. Self-diagnostics
    3. Vibrations
    4. Grabs and pulls
    5. Noises
    6. Pedal feel
    7. Warning lights
  6. Advanced braking, dynamic systems
    1. Mandated systems
      1. ABS
        1. Componentry, function, diagnosis, repair
      2. Traction Control
        1. Componentry, function, diagnosis, repair
      3. Stability Control
        1. Componentry, function, diagnosis, repair
    2. Optional systems
      1. Hill Start Assist
      2. Hill Decent
      3. Torque Vectoring
      4. Trailer Sway


Effective Term:
Fall 2024