Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
AM 132
Course Title:
Advanced Automatic and Manual Drive Train
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, including 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. This is the capstone course building on the skills, knowledge and abilities learned through successful completion of AM 121 and AM 131. Prerequisites: CG 209. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is designed for students that have passed 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, ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) style test taking, 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 ProDemand and All Data subscriptions located in each of the work areas through out the automotive labs.
 

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • 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 Drivetrain Systems III by completing the following tasks:

  • Remove and reinstall transmission/transaxles.
  • Complete lab tasks outlined in the AM 132 lab packet.
  • Manual drivetrain and axles diagnosis and repair.
  • Automatic drivetrain 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 mechanical linkages.
•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, drive axles, 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 Drivetrain 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 drivetrain 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: 10

Perform manual and automatic drivetrain inspection, maintenance, diagnosis and repairs to industry standards.
 

Students measure transmission components using precision instruments, such as micrometers, pressure gauges and dial indicators, and compare results with manufactures/industry specifications.

Students perform transmission/differential analysis/testing, using pressure gauges, case spread, endplay, etc€¦, and compare readings to manufacturers/industry specifications.

Assessment:  Feedback is immediate, direct and pass/no pass for classroom or lab assessed activities.  Homework and exams are €œA-F€ grades with direct feedback delivered within 1 week.

Communication
Hours: 8

Develop and implement strategies and processes to solve manual and automatic drive train repair problems.
 

Students verbally explain power flow of eCVT transmission in all gear ranges.  Students practice power flow at home and with peers in/out of class in preparation of assessment with instructor.

Students present a verbal report to the class on a subject of their choice related to current industry technical advances, innovations, safety standards, and/or diagnostic or trouble shooting procedures related to manual and automatic drive train systems.

Assessment:  Feedback is immediate, direct and pass/no pass for classroom or lab assessed activities.  Homework and exams are €œA-F€ grades with direct feedback delivered within 1 week.

Human Relations
Hours: 15

Perform manual and automatic drivetrain repair to the highest professional and ethical standards.
 

Students build on previous course work in human relations to continue the practice of human relations introduced through class discussions and homework.
Students work in teams to complete assigned lab projects.  Team work is focused on working in a diverse cultural environment, being sensitive to Others needs and diffusing difficult situations in a calm and respectful manner. 
Students work with lab partners, staff members, and their instructor to bring customer/school cars in /out of the shop for class lab projects.

Assessment:  Feedback is immediate, direct and pass/no pass for classroom or lab assessed activities.  Homework and exams are €œA-F€ grades with direct feedback delivered within 1 week.