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 Course Title:   Brake Systems

 Title Abbreviation:   BRAKE SYSTEMS

 Department:    AT

 Course #:    124

 Credits:    8

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    10

 CIP:    470604

 EPC:    712

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Disk and drum-type brake operation, diagnosis and repair. Hydraulic system theory and service. Anti-lock brake operation and computer controls. Students perform a number of brake repairs on a variety of vehicles.


Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment: AT 100 or 107, AT 121, 122 and CSS 100.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 88

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand safety and asbestos hazards.
  2. Determine appropriate brake service by following a systematic diagnostic procedure.
  3. Perform on-the-vehicle diagnosis and repair of drum brake assemblies.
  4. Perform on-the-vehicle diagnosis and repair of disc brake assemblies.
  5. Repair assemblies to manufacturer's specifications of tolerances and fit.
  6. Machine brake drums and rotors on a brake lathe.
  7. Properly utilize repair manuals and service information.
  8. Determine the serviceability of calipers, master cylinders, and wheel cylinders, and recondition them as necessary.
  9. Bleed and adjust brake system (including parking brakes).
  10. Diagnose, pack, and replace wheel bearings and seals.
  11. Diagnose and repair A.B.S. braking systems.
  12. Demonstrate understanding of theory of operation of the following:
    • Hydraulics and components.
    • Anti-lock braking systems.
    • Drum and disc brakes.
    • Power brake actuators.
    • Parking brake systems.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Brake Fundamentals.
  2. Brake Hydraulics.
  3. Brake Service.
  4. Brake Diagnosis.
  5. Drum Brake Service.
  6. Disc Brake Service.
  7. Hydraulic Brake Service.
  8. Parking Brakes and Service.
  9. Vacuum-Assist Power Brake Systems.
  10. Hydraulics and Components.
  11. Anti-Lock Brake Systems.