Advanced Steering and Alignment

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ATA 214

       Course Name: Advanced Steering and Alignment

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ATA 114 and consent of Dept. Chair

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course studies advanced fault analyses of Manual/Power Steering, Electronic Steering Assist, and Alignments (2 and 4 Wheel drive).  The course also allows for removal, disassembly, and replacement of components followed up by alignments.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  • Perform power steering pump flow and volume test
  • Analyze data from flow test to determine internal operation of power steering pump
  • Set up and Retrieve data from infrared alignment machine
  • Analyze alignment data captured by the infrared alignment machine
  • Discuss the effects of a worn out suspension component has on the alignment of a vehicle
  • Measure and diagnose  suspension component for wear/damage with dial indicator
  • Perform alignments on multiple make/models of passenger and light duty trucks
  • Identify components and explain the operation of various types of electronic suspension systems
  • Interpret data from a hand held scanner to diagnose data trouble codes in electrical steering module systems
  • Retrieve electrical data from steering system sensors by using a multi-meter to determine condition of sensor
  • Explain how solenoids and actuators are used to control suspension

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  • Front/rear electronic suspension-diagnosis and operation of struts, mounts. Remove/replace
  • Power assisted steering diagnosis, power assist pressure testing, removal of steering column sensors components.
  • Advanced wheel alignment diagnostic
  • Perform multiple 2 & 4wheel alignments

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures and audiovisual presentations dealing with the proper procedures for removing and  replacing of components. There will also be demonstrations, classroom discussions, individual and small group discussions.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as face-to-face.

Reading: The student will be responsible to read handouts and textbook materials.

Writing: The student should maintain a notebook of lecture topics for future reference

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

To be supplied by instructor if needed; shop manuals, specifications.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students will be evaluated by quiz/tests, attendance and lab performance.

90 – 100 A
80 – 89 B
70 – 79 C
60 – 69 D
0 – 59 F
Quiz/test 45%
Lab 45%
Attendance 10%

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.