AUTO-140: Automotive Transmissions Systems

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Automotive Technology
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Automotive Transmissions Systems
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Covers automatic transmissions and transaxles. Emphasizes the operating principles, construction, adjustments, troubleshooting, and maintenance of automatic transmissions. Also examines clutches, bands, solenoids and torque converters.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Dry Friction Plate Clutches and Related Elements
  2. Underdrive/Overdrive Gearing
  3. Gear Ratios and Gear Designs
  4. Selected 4, 5 & 6 Speed Manually Shifted Transmission
  5. Selected 4 & 5 Speed Manually Shifted Transaxles
  6. Automatic Transmission Fundamentals
  7. Selected 3, 4 & 5 Speed Automatically Shifted Transmissions
  8. Electronic Transmission Controls
  9. Drive Shafts, Half Shafts and Universal Joints
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Disassemble and reassemble a selected automatic transmission.
  • Measure internal wear tolerances for selected transmission components.
  • Diagnose low pressure pump problem.
  • Diagnose “no up-shift” problem.
  • Adjust automatic transmission shift linkage.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Measurable objectives will be evaluated by the instructor based on accuracy and proficiency and completion of assigned tasks. Homework, class participation, lab activities, quizzes and tests will be used as criteria to assign the student’s final earned grade for this class.

General Course Requirements and Recommendations

Students must take notes on demonstrations, carefully read and analyze assigned course materials and perform exercises to determine their competence in servicing modern power transmission systems.                            

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date