BASIC MECHANICS AND VEHICLE SERVICING
For group booking only. Minimum numbers 4.
This course is designed for those who are interested in looking after their 4WD, AWD and 2WD vehicle but have no prior knowledge of basic mechanics. If you ever wanted to know how to service your own vehicle or be able to make emergency repairs in remote situations, then this course is for you.
This course will give you an understanding of the mechanical principles employed in modern vehicles and allow you to practice basic servicing techniques and minor repairs so you are better equipped to maintain your vehicle in sound condition, find faults easily and effect emergency repairs.
What can I learn?
Major 2WD, AWD and 4WD mechanical principles of the engine and major vehicle components (disk/drum brakes, clutch, gear box/transmission, coolant system, electrical/fuel systems and suspension systems, and more).
Hands on, practical mechanical maintenance, such as:
- Understanding the functions of the major vehicle components, inspecting and minor repairs (Chassis, Drive-Line, Engine, Steering, Brakes, Electrical, Suspension, Axles and Wheels).
- Understand the functions of the 5 supporting systems (Fuel, Ignition, Electrical, Cooling, Lubrication),
- Replacing and maintain disk/drum pads, shock absorbers, wheel bearings, wheel hubs,
- Flashing coolant system and bleeding brake systems,
- Checking and replacing oils (engine, gear box/transmission, brake/clutch master cylinders differentials and transfer case)
- Checking, recharging and replacing a vehicle battery, including replacing light bulbs and fuses,
- Checking and replacing hoses and fan belts
- Fault Finding (How to get an engine going again);
- Repairs in the bush (What to do when you are miles from nowhere) and using available equipment.
- We will also cover trailers, caravans etc (wheel bearing, UBolts and electrical fault finding).
1 Maintain and service vehicle systems
1.1 Hazards are identified, risks are assessed and control measures are implemented
1.2 Fluid levels are checked and adjusted in accordance with manufacturer specifications and workplace procedures
1.3 Air levels are checked and adjusted in accordance with manufacturer specifications and workplace procedures
1.4 Routine checks are made of vehicle systems and appropriate action is initiated for maintenance as required in accordance with workplace procedures
1.5 Appropriate precautions and procedures are followed when servicing/maintaining a vehicle to ensure adequate protection of the environment
1.6 Work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) procedures are followed when carrying out routine servicing and maintenance of a vehicle
2 Carry out minor vehicle repairs
2.1 Vehicle components are removed, repaired or replaced and refitted to vehicle using correct tools in accordance with manufacturer instructions and workplace procedures
2.2 Tyres on vehicle are repaired or replaced in accordance with workplace procedures and manufacturer instructions
2.3 Worn brakes are identified and action is taken in accordance with workplace procedures and manufacturer specifications
2.4 Need for more complex maintenance procedures is identified and problem is correctly referred in accordance with workplace procedures
3 Diagnose minor vehicle faults and undertake repairs for the safe operation of a vehicle
3.1 Minor faults in vehicle systems are identified, diagnosed and repaired in accordance with manufacturer specifications and workplace procedures
3.2 Identified faults that create a safety hazard are reported and appropriate action is taken to remove vehicle from operation pending repair
4 Complete documentation
4.1 Routine servicing, maintenance and repair record requirements are confirmed
4.2 Records of routine servicing, maintenance and repairs are kept in accordance with workplace procedures
What happens on the day?
7:15am to 3.00pm approx.
Approximately 1 – 2 hours of theory spread out throughout the day (depending on the questions and input from course participants) – the rest of the day is practical “hands on”. Prepare to get your hands dirty, or your gloves.
Do I need any special equipment?
We will have the necessary tools and all vehicle components for you to pull apart and put back together. Bring with you the vehicle manufacturer manual, gloves, rags, and your tools (if you have a set) or you are able to use our equipment.