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Automotive Engines: Theory and Servicing

Course #: AE01
Duration: 25 hours
Course Prerequisites: Automotive Engine Parts and Operation (004003);
What Students Learn: Engine Disassembly: This course will introduce students to various parts of automotive engines and how they are classified. Students will learn about the different types of engines and their sizes. Also covered will be the different tools and fasteners used, and how to use them safely. Discussed in this course will be different oil viscosities and how to apply them to various situations. Students will learn about choosing and testing batteries, and how to apply the information on batteries to test an ignition system.

Engine Rebuild, Part 1: Students will better understand the importance of different types of gasoline and how they affect the various parts of an engine. Different types of coolant, and the systems they are used in, will be explained. Also covered will be how to diagnose problems in the cooling system and proper maintenance of the system. Engine diagnosis will be discussed in this course, which will help students better understand how to determine the area of an oil leak and the causes of different noises, and how to test the engine vacuum and analyze exhaust tests.

Engine Rebuild, Part 2: The course will introduce students to the cleaning techniques, crack detection and repair of an engine. How to use a micrometer and other measuring instruments to determine measurements of engine components will be explained. Also covered will be the importance of the intake and exhaust manifold, and the purpose of the manifolds and the exhaust system. Students will be introduced to reconditioning cylinder heads, and how to repair valve guide stems with the different options available.

Automotive Engines, Part 1: The course will introduce students to various operating principles in an automotive engine. Students will learn about the different designs of valve trains, how they operate, and how they're reconditioned. The various types of camshafts and the unique features of the design will be covered. Also discussed will be lifter's rocker arms, and other components required to translate camshaft rotation into valve motion. The student will be introduced to the types of engine blocks and to some methods of engine block machine repairs.

Automotive Engines, Part 2: This course will introduce the steps in reconditioning connecting rods. Students will learn how to install piston rings, how pistons, rings, and connecting rods are inspected, and the reasons for design differences. Also discussed will be how an engine is balanced and how counterweights help offset the forces of the piston and connecting rod assembly. Students will learn about final engine assembly and installation process, how to check for proper oil levels before starting an engine, and how to properly break in the engine.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Safely use tools to install and remove fasteners.
  • Understand how to measure engine power and classify engine sizes.
  • Understand how oil is used to lubricate an engine.
  • Safely test and install a battery.
  • Understand how engine operation is effected by ignition systems.
  • Understand gasoline and its properties.
  • Understand how a cooling system works.
  • Identify problems in the cooling system.
  • Diagnose problems in the engine.
  • Diagnose the engine's condition.
  • Remove and disassemble the engine.
  • Clean an engine after disassembly.
  • Detect and repair cracks in the engine.
  • Measure the engine components.
  • Describe the intake and exhaust manifolds.
  • Understand how combusion chambers work.
  • Describe how to recondition a cylinder head.
  • Understand the types of valves and the purpose and operation of each.
  • Understand how to correctly reface and install valves.
  • Describe how the camshaft works.
  • Explain how to service a valve train.
  • Identify the different types o

    Special Notes: This new course consists of Automotive Engines Theory and Servicing textbook, (stock number TB0340) and two study guides, (stock numbers 004906 and 004907).

  • Automotive Drive Trains: Automatic and Manual

    Course #: ADT01
    Duration: 20 hours
    Course Prerequisites: Automotive Engine Parts and Operation (004003);
    What Students Learn: Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles: This course discusses the internal components and operation of automatic transmissions and transaxles. Students will learn about torque converters, autommatic gear assemblies, valve body inputs, and the principles of hydraulics. This course also covers diagnosis and maintenance of automatic transmissions, particularly the areas related to fluid conditioning and level, linkage adjustments, and engine performance. Also discussed in this course are advanced diagnosis techniques, inspection of hard parts, the transmission case, and the installation of the transmission.

    Four Wheel Drive Systems: Discussed in this course is the importance of replacing worn or damaged parts in four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive systems. Also described are the advancements in the technology of four wheel and all wheel drive vehicles.

    Introduction to Drive trains: This course discusses the importance of safety and information on reducing the possibility of damaging equipment and parts in the workplace. It also covers drive axle repairs, particularly the replacement of constant velocity joint boots. Students will learn about common repair operations on rear wheel drive vehicles that require the removal of the drive shaft and also study differentials.

    Manual Transmissions and Transaxles: Discussed in this course are a number of important aspects associated with clutch operation and replacement. The internal workings of transmissions and transaxles, and gear rations are also explained. Students will learn the basic principles of transmission and transaxle diagnosis and repair. Also discussed are minor and major rebuild kits, and information on obtaining the major components of transmissions.

    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the operating principles of automatic transmissions and transaxles.
  • Explain conventional and lockup torque converters.
  • Understand the function of planetary gear systems, multiple disc clutches, bands and servos.
  • Explain automatic shifting.
  • Diagnose and identify automatic transmission and transaxle problems.
  • Repair and replace automatic transmissions and transaxles.
  • Describe the operation of four wheel drive systems.
  • Explain the function of the viscous coupling, the center differential, and the transfer case.
  • Understand how to diagnose four wheel drive system problems.
  • Describe the function of a drive train.
  • Understand the differences between manual and automatic transmission and transaxle drive trains.
  • Describe, diagnose, and replace front wheel drive axles and CV joints.
  • Explain and service drive shafts and universal joints.
  • Understand differentials and drive axles.
  • Describe the operating principles of a clutch.
  • Diagnose and service clutch assemblies.
  • Describe the functions and operating principles of manual transmissions and transaxles.
  • Diagnose, remove, and replace manual transmissions and transaxles.

    Special Notes: This new course consists of Automotive Drive Trains textbook (stock number TB0341), and two study guides, Manual Transmissions (stock number 004908) and Automatic Transmissions (stock number 004909).

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