ASE A4 Steering Suspension Practice Test

alignment chart 2

1. Technician A says the vehicle in the chart above is within specifications. Technician B says the vehicle's front toe is out of specifications. Tire wear will result from this condition. Who is correct?

  • A. Technician A
  • B. Technician B
  • C. Both A and B
  • D. Neither A or B
alignment chart 2

1.

Answer A is correct. Technician A is correct, the vehicle in the chart is within specifications. Notice the different methods of displaying the vehicle's alignment angles.

Answer B is wrong. The toe is within specifications. An alignment technician will try to achieve the preferred angle of -1/4” and adjust the front toe accordingly.

Answer C is wrong. Technician A is correct.

Answer D is wrong. Technician A is correct.

2. There is a growling sound on the RF of a passenger car that changes pitch on different road surfaces. Which of the following is MOST likely causing this condition?

  • A. Cupped tires.
  • B. Bad wheel bearing.
  • C. Excessive positive caster.
  • D. Excessive negative caster.

2.

Answer A is correct. A cupped or scalloped tire changes pitch from one surface to another. This is true with all tires, but much more pronounced with a cupped or scalloped tire.

Answer B is wrong. A worn wheel bearing will also cause a growling sound in operation. There is a difference. A worn wheel bearing does not contact the road so it doesn’t change pitch on different road surfaces. It makes a growling or whining noise that increases with speed and while turning.

Answer C is wrong. Answer A is correct.

Answer D is wrong. Answer A is correct.

3. The steering wheel grabs and binds only at certain points along the steering wheel’s rotation. Technician A says the steering shaft universal joint is binding and should be inspected for wear. Technician B says the intermediate shaft may need to be replaced. Which technician is correct?

  • A. Technician A
  • B. Technician B
  • C. Both A and B
  • D. Neither A or B

3.

Answer A is wrong. Both technicians are correct. Due to its design, the steering shaft coupling can bind, often at certain points during a steering wheel’s rotation.

Answer B is wrong. Intermediate shafts also contain universal couplings.

Answer C is correct. Both Technicians are correct.

Answer D is wrong. Both Technicians are correct.

4. There’s a squeak in the steering column when the steering wheel is turned in either direction. All of the following components will result in a noisy steering column EXCEPT.

  • A. Steering coupling
  • B. Clockspring
  • C. Steering column bearings
  • D. Horn switch

4.

Answer A is wrong. The universal steering coupling connects the stub of the steering column to the steering gear. They become loose or bind resulting in excessive noise

Answer B is wrong. The clockspring provides a connection between the steering column the SRS air bag and the wheel’s accessories.

Answer C is wrong. Steering column bearings cause a growl or squeak when worn. There’s a bearing located at the top and bottom of the steering shaft.

Answer D is correct. The horn switch is stationary when the wheel is turned. It’s located in the steering wheel. A faulty horn switch likely has burned contacts and will hamper operation of the horn but would not make noise when the wheel is turned.

5. Technician A says a worn idler arm has no affect on a vehicle's total toe setting. Technician B says the center link is used in parallelogram linkage systems. Who is correct?

  • A. Technician A
  • B. Technician B
  • C. Both A and B
  • D. Neither A or B

5.

Answer A is wrong. A bad idler arm will affect toe settings.

Answer B is correct. The center link is found on parallelogram linkage systems.

Answer C is wrong. Technician B is correct.

Answer D is wrong. Technician B is correct.