AT102 – Steering & Suspension Systems
This course provides classroom and laboratory hands-on activities where students gain a thorough understanding of the theory, construction and design of vehicle steering and suspension systems. Topics discussed in this course include tires, wheels, wheel balance, wheel bearings and hubs. The student will also learn about the different types of suspension systems including electronic suspension systems and the proper diagnosis and repair procedures for each type of system. The theory and operation of the various types of manual and power steering systems are discussed and diagnosed. The laboratory component of the course includes various activities that follow the guidelines of the National Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). A library/internet research written project concerning some aspect of a vehicle’s steering and/or suspension system will be assigned and is an integral component of this course.
Students find value in Steering and Suspension because the course provides an abundance of information and exposure. Tires are covered in great detail, including types and identification. Steering system types and identification are also covered. Front and rear suspension systems are covered along with troubleshooting. Labs for this course provide the students exposure to specialty equipment such as tire mounting and wheel balance equipment. This course provides the student with many hands-on labs. The students perform lab tasks that will make clear what the vehicles are made of
Edward Boyle, ASE Master Automotive Technician