Wheel Alignment Angles and Adjustment Procedures
With the constant introduction of new vehicle designs, wheel alignment procedures and technologies are constantly evolving. Throughout this lesson, we will discuss advanced alignment angles, highlighting when and how to make adjustments. Based on data gathering through inspection, we will learn when to start looking for damaged parts instead of just doing adjustments.
TIA Basic Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Certification Training - Module 1
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) developed the Basic Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Training Program to provide technicians with the proper procedures for servicing passenger and light truck tires. Basic Automotive Tire Service (ATS) is a 200-level minimum skills training and certificate program that outlines and explains the guidelines for servicing passenger and light truck tire and wheel assemblies. It includes the step-by-step procedures for: lifting the vehicle; removing the assembly; demounting, mounting and inflating; balancing; tire repair; and wheel installation. Basic ATS places special emphasis on the relationship between torque and clamping force so technicians have a thorough understanding of the necessary steps to ensure wheel retention on steel and aluminum wheels.
Module 1 – Introduction
Covers personal protective equipment (PPE) and general shop safety practices.
Module 2 – Tires
Covers tire construction, nomenclature, sizing, application, and replacement guidelines.
Module 3 – Wheel & Fasteners
Covers wheel and rim nomenclature as well as fastener and bolt hole identification.
Module 4 – Raising the Vehicle
Addresses the step-by-step procedures and safety guidelines for lifting a vehicle with an above-ground lift or floor jack and jack stands.
Module 5 – Tire/Wheel Assembly Removal
Covers the procedures for removing the assembly from the vehicle including wheel locks and wheel covers.
Students are required to successfully complete the Final Exam and the TIA Basic Automotive Tire Service Skills Demonstration before a Certificate of Complete will be issued by TIA.
Please note that a $45 administration fee (plus applicable taxes), which covers TIA administration, certificate generation and delivery. This administrative fee will be added to your site's monthly invoice after successful completion of the exam and skills demonstration.
Vehicle Suspension: Location and Components
Suspension systems have evolved over the years on front wheel drive, rear wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles, with independent front and rear suspension and the introduction of electronic suspension systems.
In this lesson, we cover the various suspension systems and their associated components. We will highlight the proper steps for diagnosing these systems, and how the diagnostic process has evolved with the suspension system technology.