Jan 28, 2022  
2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog
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AUT 139 - Automotive Steering and Alignment Systems

3 Credits, 7 Contact Hours
1 lecture period 6 lab periods

Principles and procedures for automotive steering and alignment systems service. Includes safety, manual and power steering systems, wheel alignment diagnosis, adjustment, and repair. Also includes wheel and tire diagnosis and repair.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of alignment angles and steering system diagnostics
  2. Perform a Slot-style alignment
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the Hunter StraightTrack system and perform a straightTrack procedure.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of power steering systems and R&R a rack and pinion gear
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of steering system sensors and autonomous steering systems
  6. Perform inspection, test, service, and removal/replacement procedures of a power steering pump and related components.
  7. Perform a digital 4-wheel alignment

  1. Safety
    1. Work habits
    2. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
    3. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    4. Regulations
    5. Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) regulations
    6. Fire extinguishers and exits
  2. Manual Steering Systems
    1. Disabling Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS)
    2. Steering column noises and binding problems diagnosis
    3. Manual steering gear diagnosis and adjustment
    4. Manual rack and pinion steering gear diagnosis and adjustment
  3. Power Steering Systems
    1. Power steering pump and related component service, inspection, testing and remove and replace
    2. Power rack and pinion steering gear service, inspection, and adjustment
    3. Introduction to active steering
    4. Introduction to electronically assisted steering
    5. Introduction to all wheel steering
  4. Wheel Alignment Diagnosis, Adjustment, and Repair
    1. Wheel alignment theory
    2. Vehicle steering problem diagnosis and repairs
    3. Camber and caster angles checking and adjustment
    4. Front wheel toe checking and adjustment
    5. Steering Axis Inclination (SAI) and King Pin Inclination (KPI) checking and repairs
    6. Four wheel alignment
  5. Wheel and Tire Diagnosis and Repair
    1. Unusual tire wear pattern diagnosis and repairs
    2. Tire inspection repair and air pressure adjustment
    3. Wheel and tire vibration problem diagnosis and repair
    4. Tire rotation and lug nut torque to factory recommendations
    5. Wheel and tire assembly balance
    6. Pre-alignment check
    7. Introduction to run flat tires
    8. Introduction to tire pressure and profile monitoring

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2020/21

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