AMS 3128 ENGINE PERFORMANCE I
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year and to area high school vocational students.
AMS3128 - Engine Performance I (3 hrs.)
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to analyze engine mechanical integrity, analyze fuel system concerns, analyze ignition system concerns, analyze induction system concerns, and analyze exhaust system concerns. Next the students will begin the process of diagnosing and repairing the effected system.
This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge concerning entry-level skills contained in the sequenced competencies, for success, after graduation from the Automotive Technology Program.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify, inspect, and analyze the principles and procedures of engine performance systems.
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.
UNIT 1: Engine Performance I
Outcomes: Upon completion of this area the student will be able to identify principles and procedures needed for general engine diagnosis.
- Interpret and verify concern; determine necessary action.
- Inspect engine assembly for fuel, oil, coolant, and other leaks; determine necessary action.
- Diagnose unusual engine noise or vibration concerns; determine necessary action.
- Diagnose unusual exhaust color, odor, and sound; determine necessary action.
- Perform engine absolute (vacuum/boost) manifold pressure test; determine necessary action.
- Perform cylinder power balance test; determine necessary action.
- Perform cylinder compression test; determine necessary action.
- Diagnose engine mechanical, electrical, electronic, fuel, and ignition concerns with an oscilloscope and engine diagnostic equipment; determine necessary action.
- Prepare 4 or 5 gas analyzer; inspect and prepare vehicle for test, and obtain exhaust readings; interpret readings, and determine necessary action.
- Retrieve and record stored OBD I diagnostic trouble codes; clear codes.
- Retrieve and record stored OBD II diagnostic trouble codes; clear codes.
- Diagnose the causes of emissions or drive ability concerns resulting from failure of computerized engine controls with stored diagnostic trouble codes.
- Diagnose emissions or drive ability concerns resulting from failure of computerized engine controls with no stored diagnostic trouble codes; determine necessary action.
- Inspect and test computerized engine control system sensors, powertrain control module (PCM), actuators, and circuits; perform necessary action.
- Obtain and interpret digital multimeter (DMM) readings.
- Access and use electronic service information (ESI).
- Locate and interpret vehicle and major component identification numbers (VIN, vehicle certification labels, and calibration decals).
- Inspect and test power and ground circuits and connections; service or replace as needed.
- Practice recommended precautions when handling static sensitive devices.
- Diagnose drive ability and emissions problems resulting from failures of interrelated systems (cruise control, security alarms, suspension controls, traction controls, A/C, automatic transmissions, non-OEM-installed accessories, and similar systems); determine necessary action.
- Diagnose no-starting, drive ability, and emissions concerns of vehicles with electronic ignition (EI/DIS) (distributor less) systems; determine necessary action.
- Diagnose no-starting, drive ability, and emissions concerns on vehicles with distributor ignition (DI) systems; determine necessary action.
- Inspect and test ignition primary circuit wiring and components; perform necessary action.
- Inspect and test distributor; perform necessary action.
- Inspect and test ignition system secondary circuit wiring and components; perform necessary action
- Check and adjust (where applicable) ignition system timing and timing advance/retard.
- Inspect and test ignition system pick-up sensor or triggering devices; perform necessary action.
- Inspect and test ignition control module; perform necessary action.
Various, refer to syllabus
Contact Bookstore for current textbook.
Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy.
Course Time Frame:
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Refer to the following policies:
402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.