This course is designed to give the student a thorough understanding of the theory, construction, and design of those mechanical devices utilized in tires, wheels and bearings, and hydraulic braking systems. Emphasis is placed on the geometry of links and levers; the physics of friction and hydraulics; vehicle braking requirements; vehicle handling and dynamics; wheel alignment procedures and equipment; and the diagnosis of brake problems. This course also includes curriculum necessary for successful completion of the Vermont state inspection certification test, administered by the DMV. Students who are already certified will receive credit for the inspection portion of the course.
3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of lab per week