2024 Edition

ASE A4 Practice Test

ASE identifies suspension and steering as an individual service area for certification. The suspension and steering service area involves the following components:

  • Steering system
  • Suspension system
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Wheel and Tire Service

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Steering Systems Diagnosis and Repair

1. Technician A says if the steering column input shaft is not aligned correctly there would be noise. Technician B says if the lubricant level is low in a linkage-assist type power steering column, there will be a noise when turning the steering wheel. Who is right?
2. A sport utility vehicle has high steering effort. Technician A says this could be caused by a sheared shift tube. Technician B says the steering column assembly is misaligned. Who is right?
3. Technician A says whenever working on the steering column, consult the on-line service information for the recommended airbag disabling procedure. Technician B says the u-joint or flexible coupling must be removed before the steering wheel can be removed. Who is right?
4. This question has the word LEAST. For this question, look for the choice that would LEAST LIKELY cause the described situation. Read the entire question carefully before choosing your answer. While driving a vehicle at 40 miles per hour there is a vibration in the steering wheel. Which of the following is the LEAST likely cause?
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5. On an integral power steering gear, which of the following indicates excessive play between the rack piston and sector?

Suspension Systems Diagnosis and Repair

6. Two technicians are discussing vehicle ride height. Technician A says when the vehicle ride height is too low the vehicle could pull to that side. Technician B says ride height does not affect front camber. Who is right?
7. Two technicians are discussing the ride height measuring procedure. Technician A says bent components can cause incorrect ride height. Technician B says for proper measurement of the ride height, the vehicle must have a full tank of fuel. Who is right?
8. When replacing a lower control arm bushings on a short arm long arm (SLA) suspension, the replacement should be:
9. Which of the following conditions is likely to indicate a worn control arm bushing?
10. Two technicians are discussing the replacement of a rebound or jounce bumper. Technician A says if a vehicle fails the jounce test the cause is a defective jounce bumper. Technician B says you need to remove the lower ball joint to replace the jounce bumper on an SLA (short arm long arm) suspension. Who is right?

Related Steering and Suspension Service

11. When a shock absorber is to be considered for replacement due to a fluid leak, which of the following applies?
12. This question has the word EXCEPT. For this question, look for the choice that could NOT meet the described situation. Read the entire question carefully before choosing your answer. All of the following statements about a conventional shock absorber are true, EXCEPT:
13. Two technicians are discussing wheel bearing adjustment on an SLA (short arm long arm) suspension. Technician A says you adjust the front wheel bearings with the vehicle on the ground. Technician B says to use factory procedures when adjusting front wheel bearings. Who is right?
14. The steering wheel sensor is typically located at which of the following locations?
15. Which of the following electronically controlled suspension sensors is tested by unbolting it with the ignition on, engine off (KOEO) and reviewing scan tool data for correct operation?

Wheel Alignment Diagnosis, Adjustment and Repair

16. A driver comes in with a wandering concern on an SLA (short arm long arm) suspension. Technician A says a worn relay rod ball socket may be the cause. Technician B says the tie rod adjusting limit may be out of specification. Who is right?
17. Technician A says many torsion bars are adjustable to allow for ride height adjustment. Technician B says torsion bars are usually marked left and right and should never be switched side to side. Who is right?
18. Technician A says the rear camber determines the thrust angle. Technician B says the rear toe angle determines the thrust angle. Who is right?
19. In the Figure, which of the following conditions is shown when viewed from the front of the vehicle?
20. Two technicians are describing camber. Technician A says camber affects tire wear. Technician B says rebound causes a slight negative change in camber on a SLA (Short/Long arm) suspension. Who is right?

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