Module Identifier RD27910  
Module Title VEHICLE MAINTENANCE  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Mr Michael Barrett  
Semester Semester 2  
Assessment Oral examination   Outcomes Assessed: 1   20%  
  Practical exercise   Outcomes Assessed: 2, 3. Practical tests   60%  
  Assignment   Outcomes Assessed: 3   20%  

Module description
A properly maintained vehicle is essential when towing ladened trailers: tyres, brakes, steering and lights must be in good working order. New entrants into the industry who would like to tow a trailer, are now required by law (after passing their driving test) to take a specialist test to prove their ability. Satisfactory completion of this module will enable students to carry out basic maintenance checks on the motor vehicle and trailer (a properly maintained vehicle is a safer vehicle), and be competent to Ministry of Transport standards in handling/reversing a trailer.

Outcomes
Outcome 1

Identify and describe the functions of the main components, systems and sub-systems of a vehicle in relation to its maintenance.

Performance criteria:

a. The main components, systems and sub systems are identified on the vehicle.
b. The main components, systems and sub systems are identified and their function briefly explained.
c. The significance of correct procedures and timing of maintenance is recognised.

Ranges
2WD and 4WD private and light goods vehicles, trailers (single and twin axle)
Engines, transmission, brakes, wheels, lighting, bodywork

Outcome 2

Perform routine maintenance tasks and complete manufactures? maintenance schedules.

Performance criteria:

a. The work area, tools and equipment are prepared and checked for safe operation.
b. All the parts, systems and sub-systems listed in the vehicle maintenance schedule are checked.
c. Materials listed in the vehicle maintenance schedule are replaced/renewed.
d. The work area is cleaned and all tools and equipment are checked and stored.
e. Appropriate records are completed.

Ranges
2WD and 4WD private and light goods vehicles, trailers (single and twin axle)
Engines, transmission, brakes, wheels, lighting, bodywork.

Outcome 3

To carry out basic manoeuvres with a tractor and trailer and, once competent, manoeuvre a 4WD motor vehicle and trailer to Ministry standards.

Performance criteria:

a. Couple-up a trailer correctly.
b. Carry out basic checks.
c. Manoeuvre forwards through gates and around buildings.
d. Manoeuvre backwards through gates and around buildings.
e. Unhitch the trailer and leave it parked safely.

Ranges
2WD and 4WD tractors and single axle trailer
2WD and 4WD motor vehicles and single/double axle trailers