Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles


  2. A. Course Title: Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles
    B. Course Number: FM 214C - 30567
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: M T W Th F 1:30:00 PM - 3:30:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Williams, Kelley
    G. Office: Don Whitaker Automotive Technology Center (ATC) 237
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2865
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Each student must be officially accepted into the ASSET Program according to Ford and NMJC entrance requirement polices and must have successfully completed FM 124B Electronics II and FM 224 Engine Performance II.
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location:

    This course will cover the operation, service, and repair of Ford Motor Company’s automatic transmissions and transaxles. Also covered will be the diagnosis and overhaul of electronic controlled automatic transmissions and transaxles. Each student must be officially accepted into the Ford ASSET program according to Ford and NMJC entrance requirement policies. This is a four credit hour course. Prerequisite: FM 124B Electronics II


    After completing this course, the student should be able to perform repairs, adjustments, and diagnostic procedures with demonstrated proficiency on Ford car and light truck automatic transmissions. Additionally, the student should be able to enter full-time employment as a Ford and/or Lincoln-Mercury automotive dealership Automatic Transmission Repair Technician and should have the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will enable him/her to retain this employment and to continually make acceptable progress in this field.



    ASSET students are required to provide their own basic tool set as outlined in the NMJC/ASSET Student Information Manual. This tool set must be on campus and complete during all on-campus training sessions. The set must also be complete and in good working order at the sponsoring dealership during every coop session. It is the student’s responsibility to replace all lost or broken tools. Each ASSET student has a considerable investment in tools and they are very important to the accomplishment of course objectives. Students are encouraged to have their tools marked and keep them secure and clean.

    Personal Protective Equipment (e.g. eye and hearing protection)

    Work uniform (provided through sponsoring dealership, consistent with retailer policy)

    Leather work shoes/boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)

    Text books: Today's Technician: Automatic Transmissions & Transaxles 6th ED Jack Erjavec ISBN: 9781305259355

    Related Ford Course Materials

    Pencil and Pen


    3" - 3-ring binder


    Lap Top Computer

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Note: All departmental requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

    The final course grade will be earned and distributed based on the items listed below. The percentages provided are approximate values and the instructor may alter this policy as warranted or needed.

    Attendance and Daily Preparation 10%
    Homework 15%
    Lab Exercises 25%
    Tests & Quizzes 50%

    Lab Exercises

    Lab exercises will be directed and documented through the use of lab sheets. Students will complete specific tasks identified by the lab sheet and respond to related questions as indicated. The instructor’s electronic grade book is the official record of lab sheet completion/task competency. Students will be given regular reports of their progress in lab assignments. Points for lab sheets will be awarded in the following manner:

    4 = Student has demonstrated hands-on competency in performing the task(s) identified by the lab sheet and responded to related questions with 100% proficiency.

    3 = Student has demonstrated hands-on competency in performing the task(s) identified by the lab sheet and responded to related questions with at least 80% proficiency.

    1 = Student has attempted to demonstrate hands-on competency in performing the task(s) identified by the lab sheet, but requires more practice and/or responded to related questions with less than 80% proficiency.

    0 = Student has not attempted to complete the task(s) identified by the lab sheet.

    See "Ford ASSET Grading and Attendance Policies" document provided by the instructor for specific grading and attendance policies.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

    • Communication
      • Comprehend information to summarize, analyze, evaluate, and apply to a specific situation.
      • Communicate in an accurate, correct, and understandable manner.
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
      • Define a problem and arrive at a logical solution.
      • Use appropriate technology and information systems to collect, analyze, and organize information.
      • Apply critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving to data.
    • Self and Community
      • Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and / or scientific issues.
      • Communicate an awareness of a variety of perspectives of ethical issues.
      • Interact with individuals and within groups with integrity and awareness of others’ opinions, feelings and values.


    After completing this course, the student should be able to perform repairs, adjustments, and diagnostic procedures with demonstrated proficiency on Ford car and light truck automatic transmissions. Additionally, the student should be able to enter full-time employment as a Ford and/or Lincoln-Mercury automotive dealership Automatic Transmission Repair Technician and should have the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will enable him/her to retain this employment and to continually make acceptable progress in this field.

    Course objectives will be accomplished by providing the following learning activities:

    Study and discussion centered on the operational principles and safety aspects of specific hand tools, shop equipment, and hazardous materials.

    Study will include component purpose and design factors in appropriate areas and the laws and principles governing the component’s design and operation.

    Instruction focused on the development of a knowledge base that will provide the student with insight and understanding of the operational characteristics and associated failure modes of the components and systems being studied. Each student will facilitate this process through personal study, knowledge application, and task performance.

    Instruction to provide the knowledge necessary to perform repairs, adjustments, and diagnostic procedures with demonstrated proficiency.

    Performance objectives designed to support the development of industry guideline skill achievement by each student throughout the instructional period.


    Demonstrate safe work habits while working in the laboratory during this course.

    Describe the basic principles of hydraulics and torque multiplication as they relate to automatic transmissions/transaxles.

    Explain how the planetary system, hydraulic components and electronic systems interact to obtain various gear ratios and converter operation.

    Demonstrate an understanding of component relationships during transmission operation on instructor-selected transmissions/transaxles.

    Identify the major components in a transmission torque converter and explain their function.

    Identify the components in a transmission pump and describe how they provide fluid flow and pressurization.

    Identify the major components of the typical Ford valve body.

    Describe how the main pressure regulator valve operates to maintain a desired system or line pressure.

    Describe a spool valve with multiple lands and explain how it can be used to open and close various hydraulic circuits.

    Identify the components in a hydraulic multiple disc clutch and describe their function.

    Identify the basic components in a hydraulic servo and describe their function.

    Describe the purpose of the accumulator and modulator valves in the hydraulic control system.

    Describe concerns that can cause clutch or band failures.

    Identify components in the basic planetary gear set and describe their operation.

    Identify the basic differences between the Simple (Simpson) gear train and the Compound (Ravenaux) gear train.

    Identify the various automatic transmission/transaxle models.

    Demonstrate the ability to remove and replace an automatic transmission.

    Demonstrate the ability to perform fluid level and maintenance operations on instructor-selected vehicles with automatic transmissions/transaxles.

    Diagnose unusual fluid usage, level and conditions and describe the appropriate service procedures.

    Perform shift point, stall, and line pressure tests and interpret the results on instructor selected transmissions/transaxles.

    Demonstrate the ability to interpret and use power flow diagrams and oil circuit schematics on selected transmissions/transaxles.

    Demonstrate the ability to interpret and use clutch and band application charts on selected transmissions/transaxles.

    Demonstrate the ability to locate and identify hydraulic system components in selected transmissions/transaxles.

    Identify clutch, band, and converter lock-up application on instructor-selected transmissions/transaxles.

    Describe how planetary gear, clutch, and bands interact with one another to produce power flow in a transmission/ transaxle

    Demonstrate an understanding of where to obtain various types of service information on instructor selected transmissions/transaxles.

    Perform overhaul operations on instructor selected transmissions/transaxles according to Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) service and training manuals.

    Using the various FCSD diagnostic charts, correctly identify the probable cause of various transmission/transaxle malfunctions.

    Demonstrate the ability to perform converter lock-up tests and recommend the appropriate service procedure.

    Demonstrate the ability to inspect, measure, repair, and replace a valve body and its components according to FCSD service publications.

    Demonstrate the ability to perform oil pump service procedures according to FCSD service manual procedures.

    Locate information pertinent to fluid and filter application and service procedures on instructor-selected transmissions/transaxles.

    Demonstrate the ability to perform recommended maintenance operations including visual inspection, and fluid and filter replacement.

    Demonstrate the ability to inspect, adjust, and replace electronic sensors, actuators, and conductors.

    Demonstrate the ability to properly select and use FCSD recommended special tools on instructor selected transmissions/transaxles.

    Describe the driving characteristics of instructor-selected transmissions/transaxles.

    Perform electronic transmission control system tests using the various Rotunda testers provided by Ford Motor Company such as PDS, WDS, NGS, Break Out Box, and the Electronic Transmission Tester.

    Perform the necessary repair procedure for a certain set of transmission/transaxle diagnostic decisions.

    Determine the outcome of a specified repair using appropriate test drive analysis.

    Perform torque converter and transmission/transaxle remove and install operations.

    Pass all Ford Final Course Assessments, “embedded in ASSET,” related to this course.



    All course participants must pass the Automotive Safety Test with a final score of 100%.

    It is the responsibility of all concerned to sustain a safe learning environment in the Ford ASSET classroom and lab. Students must use all the safety precautions they have been taught and shown, discuss anything they are unsure of with their instructor, and report any unsafe condition to their instructor immediately. Every student should know the location of fire extinguishers and other safety equipment as well as procedures for first aid and for other emergencies, such as the need for emergency eye wash.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    This course will follow the following general outline. The instructor may alter the outline as warranted or needed.


    Daily Quiz
    Lab exercises

    Week 2

    Daily Quiz
    Lab exercises

    Week 3

    Daily Quiz
    Lab exercises

    Week 4

    Daily Quiz
    Lab exercises

    Written Final Exam
    Hands on Final Exam