Auto 110 Introduction to Engine Diagnosis and Tune-up

Fall 2017


Professor John Frala


(562) 463-7473


Technology Building T-126


Office Hours

Half hour before class

Class meets


Wednesday 1:00 to 5:05 pm

Class room T-118. Lab is in main shop

Total Hours:


45Hours Lecture/27 Hours lab

CRN# 70355



Text: Automotive Engine Performance Class manual (6th edition)

Author: Pickerill
Edition: 6th
ISBN: 9781133592891
Copyright Year: 2014
Publisher: Cengage Learning



An introductory study of automobile diagnosis and tune-up procedures as they pertain to the function and control of the engine, fuel, ignition, starting, and charging systems.  This course is first in a series of Engine Diagnosis and Tune-Up classes, and is designed for the student who wants to enter the field of Tune-Up, Drivability, and Emissions.

Expectations and Goals


Attendance=If you miss more than 2 classes, or are late more than 3 classes you will be dropped from the course, unless you have made other arrangements with the Instructor in advance regarding a planned absence. Attendance is mandatory on 08/21/2016.

Minimum Required for a “C”:

The student must have at the end of the semester 70% of the total points possible. Points will be given for:


Final Grades and evaluation are based upon the following criteria:



  1. Upon successful completion of this course students in the Automotive Technology Program will have the knowledge to successfully complete and pass the Auto Technology Department Safety Test.
  2. Upon successful completion of this course students in the Automotive Technology Program will research applicable vehicle area service information, such as service intervals, systems operations, and technical service bulletins.
  3. Upon successful completion of this course students in the Automotive Technology Program will complete repair orders to include customer information, vehicle information, customer concerns, related service history and cause and correction.
  4. Upon successful completion of this course students in the Automotive Technology Program will have the knowledge to successfully demonstrate proper use of hand tools, power tools, and service equipment.
  5. Upon successful completion of this course students in the Automotive Technology Program will possess knowledge to identify and describe operation of different ignition, fuel, charging and starting systems.


Course Materials & Required Materials


If a student requires special needs for learning, it is their obligation to inform the instructor. Special needs include, but not limited to, closed captioned video or disabled student assistance. The instructor assumes no responsibility in assessment of students’ needs. You must inform the instructor if you are under a licensed doctor’s care, or if taking any medications that could impair your ability to operate equipment and/or machinery. Failure to do so is a reason for the instructor to drop you from the class at any time.


There is no parking in the lab area without prior approval from the Instructor and Tool room Manager. All vehicles in the lab area must have a written repair order in the vehicle at all times. Only vehicles that belong to the students enrolled in the course are allowed in the lab area, unless prior arrangements have been made in writing with the Instructor’s approval.


Basic tools are required for this course. This will be part of your grade. It may be to your advantage (you will save time) to bring a basic tool set for scheduled lab exercises. All specialty tools may be checked out by tool room personal.


You will be assigned a school vehicle for your lab work. These vehicles are not to be destroyed while completing your tasks. If a part is broken you must report this to the instructor. Any student caught REMOVEING trim or destroying the vehicle will be charged to correct the issue. Writing on dusty vehicles will conclude in you washing vehicles instead of doing lab assignments.




All students enrolled in this class must wear approved attire while in class and in the shop. All students entering the lab will have a time card on file and safety glasses.

Dark Blue Dickie’s type of work shirt and long pants are mandatory to enter shop. NO SHORTS ALLOWED. NO OPEN TOE SHOES.

LOGO and name can be purchased at:

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1060 S Hacienda Blvd, La Puente, CA 91744
(626) 330-8718

I. Format and Procedures: 

This is a complexed course that covers the history and development of the High Pressure/ compressed gaseous fuel systems used in vehicle transportation and ground power generation. It will require reading and documentation of work performed. ALL laboratory assignments are to be completed using NATEF standards. Students will be required to perform work on high-pressure systems that require extreme safety procedures to be adhered to.

II. My Assumptions as your instructor:

I am assuming that students will come to class fully prepared to complete tasks with fundamental electronic/electrical skills that are required for component testing. Students are required to be professionally dressed and act according to professional standards.

III. Course Requirements, (this is a 110 level course): 

·         Students are required to have basic tools for the lab

·         Students must respect other students tools

·         Students must clock in for any lab credit

IV. Class attendance and participation policy:

Minimum Required for a “C”:  The student must have at the end of the course a minimum of 70% of the total points possible.  Points will be given for:

·         Rio Hondo approved uniform

·         Attendance and correct time card submitted

·         Successfully completing the compressed gas safety test

·         Completed Assignments

·         Class Participation

·         Quizzes and Tests

·         NATEF Task List completion

V. Academic Integrity

Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Rio Hondo College Code of Academic Integrity, AP 5520, .  Any work submitted by a student in this course for academic credit will be the student's own work.

You are encouraged to study together and to discuss information and concepts covered in lecture and the sections with other students enrolled in this course. You can give "consulting" help to or receive "consulting" help from such students. However, this permissible cooperation should never involve one student having possession of a copy of all or part of work done by someone else, in the form of an e-mail, an e-mail attachment file, or a hard copy.

Should copying occur, both the student who copied work from another student and the student who gave material to be copied will both automatically receive a zero for the assignment/Lab. Penalty for violation of this Code can also be extended to include failure of the course and University disciplinary action.

During examinations, you must do your own work. Talking or discussion is not permitted during the examinations, you may not compare papers, copy from others, or collaborate in any way. Any collaborative behavior during the examinations will result in failure of the exam, and may lead to failure of the course and college disciplinary action.

VI. Accommodations for students with disabilities

In compliance with the Rio Hondo College policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that may be required for student with disabilities. Requests for academic accommodations are to be made during the first week of the semester, except for unusual circumstances, so arrangements can be made. Students are encouraged to contact Disabled Student Program & Services to verify their eligibility for appropriate accommodations.

VII. Inclusivity Statement

We understand that our students represent a rich variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The Automotive/Alternative Fuels program/department is committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that respects diversity. While working together to build this community we ask all students to:


This is tentative schedule, designed to inform only. Instructor reserves the right to modify or change to accommodate the needs of the class as required. Homework is to be emailed to before due date.

Week 1:8/23                              Safety and Hazardous materials. Intro to Safe handling and SDS. Shop cards, Uniforms.

                                                Job Sheet 1 & 2

                                                Read Pages 1-15, Classroom manual 1-15.

Homework:                               ASE questions 1-10, shop manual

Week 2: 8/30                             Basic Theories. Atoms and elements.

                                                Job sheet 3 & 4

                                                Read chapter 2, Classroom manual chapter 2.

Homework:                               ASE questions 1-10, shop manual

Week 3: 9/6                               Electricity basics. Work on SET boards

Homework:                               Read chapter 3& 4

                                                ASE questions 1-10, Classroom manual

Week 4: 9/13                             Electricity and electronics.

                                                Internal Engine components.

                                                Design and operation.

                                                Job sheet 5 & 7

                                                Read chapter 4

Homework:                               ASE questions 1-10, Classroom manual

Week 5: 9/20                             Electricity and electronics. Battery and charging.

                                                Job sheet 8,9,10 & 11

                                                Lab sheets class lab cont.

Week 6: 9/27                             Intake and exhaust systems.

                                                Job sheet 12 & 13

Homework:                               Read chapter 5

                                                ASE questions 1-10, Classroom manual           

Week 7: 10/4                             Engine Control Systems

                                                Job sheet 15, 16, 17 & 18

Homework:                               Read chapter 6

                                                ASE questions 1-10, Classroom manual

                                                Review for Mid-term.

Week 8: 10/11                           MID-TERM testing on engine and ignition

                                                Fuel systems.

Homework:                               Read chapter 7

                                                Computer outputs and Networks

                                                ASE questions 1-10, Classroom manual

Week 9: 10/18                           OBD I and OBD II

                                                Job sheet 20

                                                Read chapter 8

Homework:                               ASE questions 1-10, Classroom manual

Week 10: 10/25                         OBD I and OBD II cont.

                                                Read chapter 9

                                                Job sheet 21& 22

                                                ASE questions 1-10, Classroom manual

Week 11: 11/1                           Fuel Systems basics & Gasoline

Homework:                               ASE questions 1-10, Classroom manual

Week 12: 11/8                           Computer controlled carburetors

Homework:                               TBA

Week 13: 11/15                         Fuel pump systems

                                                Job sheet 25 & 26         

Week 14: 11/22                         Introduction to 5-Gas analysis

Week 15: 11/29                         5 Gas analysis

                                                Review for final, live lab (time permitting)

Week 16: 12/6                           Final Testing.


Other Instructional Material

SAE & Industry hand out material

Engine associated articles