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Wheel Alignment and Diagnostic Angles
STE04

Course format: Live instruction with posttest
I-CAR Credit Hours: 6 hours
Estimated Duration: 8 hours
Pricing
Platinum: $228.00
Gold Class: $228.00
Standard: $276.00

Prior Recommended Programs

  • Suspension Systems (STE02)
  • Rack and Pinion and Parallelogram Steering Systems (STE03)

This course helps satisfy ProLevel training requirements for the following roles:
Estimator
Steel Structural Technician
Aluminum Structural Technician
Electrical/Mechanical Technicians
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

This course is an Annual Training option for the following roles:
Estimator
Steel Structural Technician
Aluminum Structural Technician
Non-Structural Technician
Electrical/Mechanical Technicians
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

  • Understand procedures for inspecting and completing wheel alignment repairs
  • Explain diagnostic measurements for rear vehicle parts
  • Describe procedures for measuring and adjusting caster and camber
  • Identify considerations around diagnosing toe activity

Module 1 – Wheel Alignments
The opening module offers an overview of considerations surrounding a vehicle’s alignment, including repair checklists for pre-repair and alignment repair. Considerations regarding ride height are explained. An in-class activity will help students to assemble a prop that will focus on the rear axle installation, and assembling the front wheel camber, front wheel caster, front wheel toe, and SAI and scrub radius.

Module 2 – Toe
The course continues with a definition and description of toe. A group activity will help students to understand how to diagnose incorrect toe.

Module 3 – Camber
The next module of the course defines caster, its variables, and adjustment locations. Other topics covered are strut and SLA suspension pivot locations and solid axle pivot point locations. Students will participate in an activity to reinforce factors in diagnosing camber, caster, and toe.

Module 4 – Caster
The next module of the course defines caster, its variables, and adjustment locations. Other topics covered are strut and SLA suspension pivot locations and solid axle pivot point locations. Students will participate in an activity to reinforce factors in diagnosing camber, caster, and toe.

Module 5 – Rear Vehicle Measurements
The fifth module continues with a description of wheelbase, setback, tracking information, and thrust. The students will learn about thrust angle, rear axle offset, and rear angles through discussions, imagery, and detailed diagrams.

Module 6 – Diagnostic Angles
Using instructor-led discussions, HD-quality videos, and hands-on activities, information in this module details a variety of topics relating to diagnostic angles, including toe-out-on-turns, steering axis inclination (SAI), included angle, and scrub radius.

Module 7 – Types of Alignments
The final module of the course describes two-wheel, thrust angle, four-wheel, and sublet alignments, as well as what to look for in the post-alignment test drive. Before the class concludes, students will work through an activity to achieve total vehicle alignment.


Course outline containing topics and subtopics.