PCC/ CCOG / AM

Course Content and Outcome Guide for AM 132

Course Number:
AM 132
Course Title:
Drive Train Systems III
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
85
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
$24.00

Course Description

Introduces work on approved customer vehicles diagnosing and servicing automatic and manual drive train customer concerns. Provides a realistic experience and develops an understanding of procedures, which take place daily in an automotive repair facility. Prerequisites: CG 209. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is designed for students that have passed AST AM 131 and 121.  Students will develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to perform, repairs on import and domestic cars and light trucks with limited supervision. This is the skill level necessary for employment at an apprentice level.

The broader purpose of this course is to provide students, at the beginning of their first year in the automotive program, with authentic experience in basic industry skills and concepts, to ensure their success in later courses and on-the-job. These skills include tool use, fastener tightening, and ASE (automotive service excellence) style test taking. Concepts and professionalism and responsible customer service.

The course material will be presented in a lecture/laboratory format and include videos, handouts and hands-on lab experience in the shop on cars donated by General Motors, Nissan, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota and Honda. Students are required to read assigned materials, take notes and be responsible for the information in the textbooks, lab manuals and the Mitchell On-Demand publications on computer CD disc located in each of the work areas through out the automotive labs.
 

Intended Outcomes for the course

Perform manual and automatic drive train inspection, maintenance, repair and diagnosis with limited supervision.
Communicate effectively with employers, customers and co-workers.
Access and utilize repair information in a rapidly changing technology.
Develop and implement strategies and processes to solve manual and automatic drive train repair problems.
Perform manual and automatic drive train repair to professional and ethical standards.
 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

To reach these goals, students will demonstrate the course outcomes for Drive Train Systems III by completing the following tasks:

  • Remove and reinstall transmission/transaxles.
  • Complete lab tasks outlined in the AM 132 lab packet.
  • Manual drive train and axles diagnosis and repair.
  • Automatic drive train diagnosis and repair.

Demonstrate preparedness for ASE testing by taking all AM 132 ASE style written exams.

•Maintaining good attendance.
•Following safe shop procedures.
•Demonstrating respect for other students and school property.
 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Critical to the effective diagnosis and repair of any automotive system is an understanding of how and why certain components work. On today€™s automobile, this is often more useful for the technician than the ability to perform a particular adjustment or replacement. A technician must also have the ability to determine which repairs are in their own best interest. To develop this background understanding of automotive Manual transmission/transaxle systems, students will explore the following concepts:
•Hazards of chemicals used in cleaning and lubrication of the Manual transmission/transaxle assembly.
•The importance of shop cleanliness.


Professional business and personal conduct:

•Customer safety.
•Repeat repairs.
•Communication with customers.
•Customer satisfaction as business strategy.
•Teamwork in the work place.
•Cooperative problem solving.
•Work absence and attendance.


Physical laws:

•Energy transfer.
•Heat and friction.
•Hydraulic theory.


Specific system and component operation:

•Clutch assemblies, hydraulic, cable and rod-level mechanisms
•Bell housing, clutch cover and clutch disc
•Flywheel, starter ring gear, pilot bearing and input shaft
•Transmission/transaxle assemblies, Forward gears and reverse
•Transmission/transaxle shift linkages, bushings, bearings and gaskets and seals
•Drive shafts, half shafts, universal joints and constant-velocity joints
•Drive axles (front wheel drive), ring and pinion gears and differential case assembly
•Limited slip differential, lubrication and theory
•Four-wheel drive/all-wheel drive component theory


Skills:

In Drive Train Systems III, students will build an inventory of the following repair skills as they are available in the live (customer) work environment of AM 132 to prepare for a career as an apprentice technician.

  • Automatic transmission and transaxle diagnosis.
  • In-vehicle transmission / transaxle maintenance and repair.
  • Off-vehicle transmission and transaxle repair.
  • Manual drive train diagnosis.
  • Clutch diagnosis and repair.
  • Manual transmission / transaxle diagnosis and repair.
  • Drive shaft, drive axle, universal joint and CV joint diagnosis and repair.
  • Drive axle diagnosis and repair, ring and pinion gears and differential case assembly.

Related Instruction

Computation
Hours: 4

Outcomes:

Perform manual and automatic drive train inspection, maintenance, repair and diagnosis with limited supervision.
 

Activities:

Students compare transmission testing/measuring results to OEM specifications

Communication
Hours: 13

Outcomes:

1. Communicate effectively with employers, customers and co-workers.
2. Develop and implement strategies and processes to solve manual and automatic drive train repair problems.
 

Activities:

Students verbally explain power flow of various gear boxes including transmissions, transaxles and differentials.
Students interpret and verbally explain test results from completed gear units.
Students deliver an oral presentation to the class.
Students correctly and completely fill out repair orders with labor and parts.

Human Relations
Hours: 23

Outcomes:

 Perform manual and automatic drive train repair to professional and ethical standards.
 

Activities:

Students work in teams to overhaul transmissions and transaxles.
Students work in teams to remove, inspect and replace vehicle clutch assemblies and related components.
Students work in teams to overhaul live gear units