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Braking and Suspension Systems

Automotive Braking Systems

Course #: 004030
Duration: 10 hours
Course Prerequisites: Introduction to Automotive Repair-test (004002);
What Students Learn: This study unit will show you the major components of most braking systems and the proper techniques to use to service these systems. Remember that no course can be a complete substitute for the vehicle manufacturer's service manual. Whenever performing brake system maintenance, you must consult these manuals for specific information, such as fluid types, required tools, torque ratings, and special procedures.

When students complete this study unit, you will be able to:

  • Identify the tools used for brake system repair.
  • Explain how to safely work on a vehicle's brake system.
  • Describe how friction is used to slow or stop a vehicle.
  • Describe how the hydraulic system functions and how power boosters operate.
  • Explain the construction and repair of master cylinders.
  • Identify the components of a drum brake system and a disc brake system and explain how these systems operate and are repaired.
  • Discuss the various types of brake lines and valves that are used in automotive and light truck braking systems.

  • Antilock Braking Systems

    Course #: 004031
    Duration: 10 hours
    Course Prerequisites: Automotive Braking Systems (004030);
    What Students Learn: As students progress through this study unit, remember this course is not a substitute for a model specific service manual. We will give you a general overview of antilock braking systems. The service manual, specific to a particular vehicle, will give you exact data on system pressures, special bleeding and maintenance procedures, parts placement, and diagnostic trouble codes. Since there are now so many antilock braking systems in use today, it isn't feasible to cover the details of each system in this study unit. This course will provide the type of information students will need to understand how these systems operate and are repaired.

    When students complete this study unit, you will be able to:

  • Identify the main components of an antilock braking system and explain their function.
  • Discuss how speed information is gathered and how this information is used in an antilock braking system.
  • Identify the inputs and outputs of an antilock braking system's computer controller.
  • Describe how the solenoid and motor-driven valves operate in an antilock braking system.
  • List the proper steps to use when troubleshooting and servicing a vehicle with antilock brakes.

  • Antilock Brake Systems Explained

    Course #: VB41XX
    Duration: 1.27 hours
    What Students Learn: Although anti-lock brakes are quite dependable, there will always be a need for qualified technicians who have learned the diagnostic procedures and the proper interpretation of trouble codes. Students will be introduced to the components of the brake system and will understand how the anti-lock brakes enable the driver to better control the car during the braking procedure.
    Components: How Automotive Brakes Work (VB4101); Theory and Operation (VB4102); Service and Troubleshooting (VB4103); Diagnosis and Repair of Drum Brakes (VB4104); Diagnosis and Repair of Disc Brakes (VB4105);
    Special Notes: This video series has been designed for use in ASE certification programs and corresponds with the NATEF Task List.

    Troubleshooting Antilock Brakes

    Course #: VB55XX
    Duration: 1.53 hours
    What Students Learn: Students will review basic maintenance and safety procedures, then see how to follow a systematic approach when troubleshooting antilock brake systems. This program demonstrates a visual inspection before looking at antilock brake systems self-diagnostic capabilities and more involved diagnostics, along with illustrating good customer communication skills.
    Components: Antilock Brake Systems Work Orders: Toronado and Taurus (VB5503); Antilock Brake Systems Similarities and Differences (VB5501); Antilock Brake Systems Work Orders: Grand Prix and Bonneville (VB5504); Antilock Brake Systems: Maintenance and Basic Diagnostics (VB5502);

    Automotive Suspension Systems

    Course #: 004013
    Duration: 10 hours
    Course Prerequisites: Automotive Engine Parts and Operation (004003);
    What Students Learn: Locate and identify major components of an Automotive Suspension System; Understand the function of Suspension Components; Identify different types of Suspension Systems; Evaluate Suspension Components for wear and describe repair procedures.

    Special Notes: This updated course replaces course 3703.

    Automotive Suspension Explained

    Course #: VB50XX
    Duration: 1.1 hours
    What Students Learn: Directed at entry-level students, this program is intended to help familiarlize students with the concepts and terminology common to all suspension systems. Trainees will understand how systems work before taking on troubleshooting and service tasks.
    Components: Frames, Wheels, and Tires (VB5001); Suspension Systems (VB5002); Steering Systems (VB5003); Steering Angles (VB5004);

    Automotive Steering Systems and Wheel Alignment

    Course #: 004014
    Duration: 10 hours
    Course Prerequisites: Automotive Suspension Systems (004013);
    What Students Learn: Locate and identify Components of a Steering System; Understand the function of Steering System components; Understand the fundamentals of Steering Geometry and its impact on the Steering System; Explain common Wheel Alignment procedures; Diagnose Steering System problems; Explain Steering System repair procedures.

    Special Notes: This updated course replaces course 3703.

    Four Wheel Alignment

    Course #: VB71XX
    Duration: 1.33 hours
    What Students Learn: Students learn the principles and practices of automotive wheel alignment. They will learn that proper alignment extends tire life and results in a better handling and safer vehicle. This course demonstrates alignment principles, the equipment used in alignments, and emphasizes the necessity of a thorough pre-alignment inspection.
    Components: Wheel Alignment Angles (VB7101); Wheel Pre-Alignment Angles (VB7102); Wheel Alignment Equipment (VB7103); Four Wheel Alignment Procedures (VB7104);

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