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Car Maintenance for Beginners

Part Time

Course Overview

This course will be of interest to you if you need to have or would like a better understanding of the systems within a car, or simply to develop your confidence in looking after your vehicle.

On completion you will be able to identify different systems and components within a car and have a basic understanding of how they work.

Course Content

Every week we will look at a different part of the car and will include a practical task for you to complete. Systems to be covered to a basic standard. There will be theory and practical which will be carried out on college vehicles or systems.

Wk 1: Health & Safety; PPE (Personal Protective Equipment); general layout of the vehicle, carry out basic checks and safe use of car jack and axle stands.
Wk 2: Engines, basic layout, construction and operation of a basic 4 stroke cycle and general terminology.
Wk 3: Ignition and Fuelling systems: identify general layout of systems and components. Remove, check and refit components.
Wk 4: Cooling systems: function of system and description of components. Remove, check and refit components. {BCoT}
Wk 5: Wheels and Tyres: remove wheel from car and replace with spare. Identify tyre markings and possible faults. Carry out basic maintenance (checking pressure and tyre tread depth).
Wk 6: Brakes: identify the layout and operation of disc and drum brake systems; remove and refit brake pads; identify basic faults.
Wk 7: Transmission: identify different transmission layouts (4-wheel drive, 2-wheel drive (front/rear wheel drive)); identify components and carry out basic checks.
Wk 8: Electrical systems: lights; starting system and charging system basics - remove & refit bulbs and battery.

Entry Requirement

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of vehicle systems and will develop your confidence in basic car maintenance.

No formal qualification is needed but an interest in knowing more about how a car works.


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Where does this course lead to

Car Maintenance for Improvers

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Course Outline

Course Code: XEBL018
Study Mode: Part Time
Location: Basingstoke
Duration: 8 Weeks
Start Date: 20/09/2018
Day & Time: Thu 18.00 - 21.00
Tuition Fees: £140
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