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AST 1035 - Four-Wheel Alignment

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture 2Lab 4
Course Description: This course covers diagnosis, corrections, and adjustments of the steering and suspension systems to correct poor handling, noise, and abnormal tire wear. Alignment theory, pre-alignment inspection, and adjustments using factory adjustments and after-market modifications on modern equipment are covered in group discussions and shop applications. Students must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): Concurrently enrolled in AST 1005 , AST 1015 , AST 1025 , and AST 1045 . Assessment score placement in RDNG 0950  or above or completion of RDNG 0900  with a grade of C or higher; assessment score placement in ENGL 0090  or above or completion of ENGL 0080  with a grade of C or higher; Arithmetic assessment score of 64 or higher or elementary algebra assessment score of 76 or higher OR assessment score/ACT score placement into MATH 0070  or above OR completion MATH 0030  or MATH 0060  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: We strongly encourage students who score below 64 to meet with an advisor or counselor to discuss their review and course options PRIOR to Math assessment retesting or registering for a MATH course.

Major Content
  1. Safety procedures and precautions related to four wheel alignment
  2. Pre-alignment inspection
  3. Tire wear
  4. Alignment geometry
  5. Pulls and drifts
  6. Alignment instrumentation demonstration
  7. Wheel alignment procedures
  8. Maintenance and operational techniques of related tools and equipment.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify safety procedures and precautions related to four-wheel alignment.
  2. describe four-wheel alignment theory and function.
  3. identify alignment angles and their functions.
  4. perform adjustments to industry standards.
  5. demonstrate mechanical and after-market alignment adjustments.
  6. demonstrate the proper operation of specialty equipment and tools.
  7. perform NATEF tasks related to four wheel alignment.

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