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Vehicle: Automotive Suspension & Steering: Suspension Systems

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Advantage™  Advantage™
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127 to 254 minutes
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Standard Definition
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IE Desktop
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MasteryNet Player
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Convenience Learning International
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Cengage Learning
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This training , part one of a two part series, introduces the learner to automotive suspension and steering basics. The learner is guided to a more complete understanding of important theory as well as the diagnosis, troubleshooting, and repair procedures used by today’s automotive technicians. Topics include suspensions - the basics of tires and wheels, shock absorbers and struts, plus front- and rear-suspensions.

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  • Install on any SCORM LMS
  • Rich multimedia presentation with interactions and quiz
  • Print certificate and wallet card
  • You have 60 days to complete the course

Training for anyone interested in, learning about or gaining an increased knowledge as an automotive technician. Part 1 of 2.

The course presents the following topical areas:
  • Suspension Systems
    • Introduction
    • Suspension system components
    • Coil springs
    • Torsion bars
    • Multiple leaf springs
    • Ball joints
    • Stabilizer bars
    • Strut rods
    • Short and long arm suspension systems
    • Steering knuckle
    • Coil springs and shock absorbers
    • MacPherson strut front suspension systems
    • Torsion bar suspensions
    • Types of rear suspension systems
    • Coil spring live axle rear suspensions
    • Semi-independent rear suspension systems
    • Independent rear suspension systems
    • With lower control arms and ball joints
    • Rear wheel drive vehicles
    • Multilink systems: rear wheel drive
    • Multilink systems: front wheel drive
  • Shock Absorbers and Struts
    • Introduction
    • Shock absorbers
    • Heavy duty shock absorbers
    • Shock absorber diagnosis
    • Jounce test
    • Manual test
    • Shock absorber replacement
    • MacPherson strut front suspension systems
    • Modified MacPherson strut suspension
    • Independent rear suspension systems
    • MacPherson strut systems
    • Modified MacPherson strut systems
    • Strut design
    • Strut diagnosis and repair
    • Strut removal and disassembly
  • Four Wheel Allignment - Part 1
    • Introduction
    • Preliminary inspection
    • Tire wear pattern diagnosis
    • Symptom based diagnosis
    • Wheel alignment angles
    • Toe
    • Camber
    • Caster
    • Steering axis inclination (SAI) and included angle
    • Rear thrust angle
    • Rear wheel toe
    • Causes of improper rear toe
  • Four Wheel Allignment - Part 2
    • Introduction
    • Alignment machines
    • Four wheel computerized alignment procedure
    • Four wheel alignment sequence
    • Rear camber measurement and adjustment
    • Rear toe measurement and adjustment
    • Front camber measurement and adjustment
    • Front caster measurement and adjustment
    • Front toe measurement and adjustment
Intended Performance Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course you will be better prepared to:
  • Identify the major types of front and rear suspension systems used on passenger vehicles..
  • Identify the components in a front short arm or long arm suspension system.
  • Identify the components in a macpherson strut suspension system.
  • Identify the components in a live axle rear suspension system.
  • Identify the components in an independent rear suspension system.
  • Describe the operation of a shock absorber.
  • Identify the components of a macpherson strut suspension system.
  • Identify the types of suspensions that use shock absorbers.
  • Test the operation of a shock absorber.
  • Describe the steps necessary to rebuild a macpherson strut assembly.
  • Perform a pre-alignment inspection.
  • Identify causes of tire wear pattern.
  • Identify alignment problems related to suspension component wear.
  • Inspect rear suspension systems.
  • Define the major suspension alignment angles.
  • Describe the sequence for a four-wheel alignment.
  • Describe the procedures for performing a caster steer.
  • Describe the procedures for adjusting caster.
  • Describe the procedures for adjusting camber
  • Describe the adjustments to the rear suspension that affect thrust line.

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