Brake System (AUT-103)
The brake course prepares the student to diagnose and repair brake systems in the automotive field. This course builds upon the essential laws of physics, motion, forces, hydraulics, thermodynamics, and chemical reactions, and how these principles apply to the operation of the automotive brake system. The course will cover the energy conversion of motion changed to heat energy (when brakes are applied,) the effects of weight and speed on braking and stopping distance, thermal expansion, friction, force, and coefficient of friction, as they apply to braking systems. The course covers the fundamentals and service of disc/drum brakes; including, how they operate, brake-fluid properties, diagnosis, component replacement/ repair/adjustment, disc/drum machining, power-assist units, and the fabrication (double flaring) of brake lines. The student will learn strategy-based diagnostic routines for interpreting and verifying customer concerns and proper operation. Through the inspection, testing, or measurement of component(s) operation, the student will learn to apply this knowledge to determine needed repair(s) and to implement the repair(s). Prerequisite: AUT 100 or equivalent experience. 3 lecture and 3 laboratory hours per week. 4 credit hours.