Introduction to Automotive Mechanics

Introduction to Automotive Mechanics

Semester – .05 credit; Sophomore/Junior/Senior; Prerequisite:  None

This class assumes the student has very little knowledge or experience in automotive mechanics.  Students will identify automotive parts and components while working to understand how they function (ex. where would the water pump be found – students will learn its location).  This class will also cover basic car maintenance, such as checking tire pressure, changing tires, rotating tires, balancing tires, buying tires, checking and replacing fluids (oil, water, brake fluid, anti-freeze, etc.), replacing hoses and serpentine belt, discussing differences in oil, gasoline, flushing radiator, changing headlights, taillights, turn signals, fuses, windshield wiper blades, air filters, batteries, mufflers, tail pipes, installing radio, CD player, etc.  Students will learn to use the hoist and how to place a car on the hoist.  Students will be allowed to work on their car to practice these minor repairs.  It is recommended that auto mechanic students take a semester of electronics.