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Automotive Performance Fundamentals

AUT 252

Automotive Performance Fundamentals

AUT 252

Course Description

Prerequisite: Minimum C (2.0) grade in both AUT 100 and AUT 108. Teaches high performance aspects of automotive engines, engine support systems, drivetrains, suspension and safety. (47-28)

Outcomes and Objectives

Access and print vehicle information using computer hardware and software.

Objectives:

  • Use specialized automotive software to research and identify specific performance modifications, recommendations, specifications, and results.
  • Use World Wide Web to identify sources of information, specifications, costs, recommendations, and results.

Diagnose and service the specific performance components of the valve train and ignition systems.

Objectives:

  • Select appropriate camshaft based on vehicle application.
  • Measure actual top dead center on an engine.
  • Measure camshaft to crankshaft timing and correct to plus or minus one degree.
  • Index spark plugs.
  • Measure base ignition timing, mechanical, vacuum, and total ignition advance.
  • Determine ignition system requirements, research data base to select ignition system components.

Diagnose and service the specific performance components of the induction system.

Objectives:

  • Match intake manifold ports to cylinder head ports.
  • Measure, adjust, and modify performance carburetor circuits.
  • Measure, cut, and install braided stainless steel hose and aluminum fittings.
  • Identify, measure, and select fuel injectors and throttle bodies.
  • Research benefits and drawbacks of nitrous oxide injection systems.

Diagnose and repair components of the drivetrain and suspension systems.

Objectives:

  • Identify benefits of and install shift improver kit.
  • Identify operating characteristics of a torque converter, select appropriate torque converter for specific vehicle application.
  • Identify optimum rear axle ratio for specific vehicle application.
  • Install performance differential components.
  • Identify and install performance suspension system components.
  • Research and identify specialized vehicle safety options, determine needs for specific applications.