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ATF 312 - Ford Automotive Electrical

Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 4
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
A study of the electrical systems used in Ford Motor Company vehicles. The instruction will include fundamentals of electricity, series and parallel circuits, schematics, wire repair, diodes, transistors, microprocessors and digital displays.
Prerequisite: Admission to Automotive Student Service Ed Training
Competencies
  1. Explain the units of electrical measurement.
    1. Define ohms.
    2. Describe amps.
    3. Define volts.
    4. Discuss voltage drop.
  2. Construct basic circuits.
    1. Assemble a series circuit.
    2. Create a parallel circuit.
    3. Build a series - parallel circuit.
  3. Demonstrate electrical measurements.
    1. Show the proper way to measure voltage.
    2. Relate the proper way to measure amperage.
    3. Explain the proper way to measure resistance.
    4. Identify an open circuit.
    5. Recognize a short circuit.
  4. Identify electrical system components.
    1. List the components that make up a circuit.
    2. Define the operation of these components.
    3. Identify conductors.
    4. Describe control devices.
    5. Identify fuses, fusible links, circuit breakers.
  5. Use Ford electrical service information.
    1. Identify the different types of service information.
    2. Demonstrate the procedures for the effect use of service information.
    3. Use service information in the repair of a problem.
  6. Analyze batteries.
    1. Discuss battery construction.
    2. Explain and perform proper care.
    3. Perform state of charge and capacity test.
    4. Discuss and demonstrate proper charging technique.
    5. Demonstrate use of Ford Mandated Battery Tester (Micro 950).
  7. Analyze Ford starting system.
    1. Identify system components.
    2. Perform starter draw test.
    3. Inspect starter relays and solenoids
    4. Troubleshoot system problems
  8. Analyze Ford charging system
    1. Identify (alternator) generator components
    2. Explain the rectification process.
    3. Demonstrate alternator testing procedures
    4. Examine PCM controlled voltage regulation
  9. Use Ford systematic approach to electrical diagnosis
    1. Verify the complaint - Opens, Shorts, Draws
    2. Identify symptoms
    3. Define the problem
    4. Isolate the problem
  10. Demonstrate Ford mandated wiring and connector repair
    1. Fix wiring with solder.
    2. Repair wiring with crimp connectors.
    3. Replace terminals in hard shell connectors.
    4. Change hard shell connectors



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