Course Number and Title: AUT 103 Automotive Brakes
This course introduces automotive brake systems, components, and service procedures. Laboratory experiences include hydraulic service, drum and rotor service, disc brake service, drum brake service, power brake service, and anti-lock brake service.
- Analyze and service various brake system designs. (CCC1, 2, 4, 5; PGC 1, 2, 4, 5)
- Analyze and service hydraulic systems. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Analyze and service basic drum braking systems. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Analyze and service basic disc braking systems. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Analyze and service related braking components, power assist, wheel bearings, and parking brakes. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Analyze and service various electronic brake control systems: anti-lock brake (ABS), traction control (TCS) and electronic stability control (ESC) systems and explain its operation and service. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Analyze and service various brake system designs.
- Identify brake system concerns, and determine needed action.
- Locate vehicle service information including fluid type, vehicle service history, service precautions, technical service bulletins, and adhere to simulated shop procedures.
- Perform a road test to check brake system operation including an anti-lock brake system (ABS).
- Perform wheel and torque lug nut installation on a vehicle.
- Analyze and service hydraulic systems.
- Classify pressure concerns in the brake system using hydraulic principles (Pascal’s Law).
- Check brake pedal height, travel, free play (as applicable), and determine needed action.
- Check master cylinder for internal/external leaks and proper operation, remove, bench bleed, reinstall, and determine needed action.
- Diagnose poor stopping, pulling or dragging concerns caused by malfunctions in the hydraulic system, and determine needed action.
- Perform inspection of brake lines, flexible hoses, and fittings for leaks, dents, kinks, rust, cracks, bulging, wear, and loose fittings/supports. Replace brake lines, hoses, fittings, supports, and determine needed action.
- Perform flaring of brake lines using proper material and flaring procedures (double flare and ISO types).
- Perform bleeding procedures and/or flush brake system, fill brake fluids to proper level, and use proper fluid type per manufacturer specification.
- Identify components of hydraulic brake warning light system, test, and/or replace components of brake warning light system; and test brake fluid for contamination.
- Analyze and service basic drum braking systems.
- Diagnose poor stopping, noise, vibration, pulling, grabbing, dragging, pedal pulsation concerns, and determine needed action.
- Perform cleaning, and inspection of the brake drum, shoes, springs, pins, clips, levers, adjusters/self-adjusters, other related brake hardware, backing support plates; measure brake drum diameter, and determine serviceability.
- Perform brake drum measurements with brake drum caliper and measure final drum diameter after machining; and compare with specification.
- Perform wheel cylinder inspection checking for leaks, proper operation, pre-adjust brake shoes and parking brake, install brake drums or drum/hub assemblies and wheel bearings; and perform final checks and adjustments.
- Analyze and service basic disc braking systems.
- Diagnose poor stopping, noise, vibration, pulling, grabbing, dragging, pulsation concerns, and determine needed action.
- Perform cleaning of caliper assembly; inspect caliper mounting and slides/pins for proper operation, wear, and damage; inspect for leaks, damage, wear; and determine needed action.
- Perform inspection of brake pads, retaining hardware, caliper, brake pads, and related hardware; seat brake pads, rotor and mounting surface; measure rotor thickness, thickness variation, lateral runout; and determine needed action.
- Refinish rotor on vehicle; measure final rotor thickness; and compare with specification.
- Use a retractable caliper and re-adjust caliper piston on an integrated parking brake system.
- Apply the burnish procedure for brake pads according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Analyze and service related braking components, power assist, wheel bearings, and parking brakes.
- Inspect brake pedal travel with and without engine running to verify proper power booster operation.
- Identify components of the brake power assist system (vacuum and hydraulic), check vacuum supply (manifold or auxiliary pump) to vacuum-type power booster, vacuum-type power booster unit for leaks, and determine needed action.
- Inspect and test hydraulically-assisted power brake system for leaks and proper operation, and determine needed action.
- Measure and adjust master cylinder pushrod length.
- Diagnose wheel bearing noises, wheel shimmy, and vibration concerns; repack and install wheel bearings; replace seals; and determine needed action.
- Inspect parking brake system components for wear, binding, corrosion, and parking brake indicator light system operation; clean, lubricate, adjust and/or replace as needed.
- Inspect wheel bearings, races, wheel studs and sealed wheel bearing assemblies.
- Analyze and service various electronic brake control systems: anti-lock brake (ABS), traction control (TCS) and electronic stability control (ESC) systems and explain its operation and service.
- Describe and inspect electronic brake control system components (ABS, TCS, ESC), and determine needed action.
- Describe the operation of a regenerative braking system
The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
Summative - Minimum 3 Tests (equally weighted)
Summative - Minimum 13 Quizzes (equally weighted)
Summative/Formative – Minimum 10 Repair Orders/Worksheets (equally weighted)
Summative - Minimum 2 Practical Assessments (equally weighted)
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Use appropriate automotive diagnostic and service equipment, hand tools, and precision measuring devices to determine and perform the proper repair as necessary.
- Interpret automotive electronic service information, service manuals, and diagnostic charts.
- Document service repair procedures that accurately reference the 3Cs.
- Customer complaint verification
- Correct the problem
- Complete the repair.
- Employ proper automotive industry service facility safety practices.
- Practice professional conduct as required in the automotive industry.
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