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Automotive Lab

Moraine Park Technical College Automotive engine banner shot with hands

Moraine Park Technical College’s Automotive Lab is located in Fond du Lac, WI and is part of the Automotive Technician and Automotive Technology programs. The Automotive Lab functions as a student training center, which performs vehicle repairs related to specific course content.

Please review the following information carefully before submitting request.

  • Vehicles that meet training needs
    • Cars and light duty trucks 15 years old or newer.
    • All vehicle repair request are subject to review.
  • Cost for vehicle repairs
    • Customer is responsible for cost of parts, materials, and $10 shop fee.
    • Customer supplied parts are not permitted.
    • No labor charge, although donations to the Moraine Park Auto Club are appreciated. (Ask student for more information about Auto Club donations.)
    • All vehicle repairs must be paid for in full before the vehicle can leave the premises.
    • Vehicles with major repairs, such as engine and transmission repairs, will require payment on high cost part(s) prior to repairs being performed.
    • Estimates are provided before repairs are performed. A dollar amount can be discussed with the student before repairs begin as this can expedite repairs.
  • Lab policies and procedures
    • All repairs are performed by students.
    • Students are supervised by experienced and certified instructors.
    • Repair requests need to apply to course instruction.
    • There is no promised time of completion. Be prepared to leave the vehicle for a prolonged period of time.
    • There is no guarantee or warranty on repairs.
    • Vehicle modifications will NOT be performed.
    • Collision or restoration work is NOT performed.
    • Other questions call 920-924-3145.
    • Do not call or e-mail instructors for car advice.

Vehicle Repair Schedule

Fall Semester

  • Auto Service Fundamentals (August through Mid-September)
    • Oil changes, tire service, serpentine belt, replace differential or transfer case fluid, replace external light bulbs, wiper blades, etc.
  • Climate Control Systems (August through Mid-September)
    • Air conditioning, lack of heat concerns, blower fan, compressor, evaporator, condenser, heater core, etc.
  • Brake Systems (Mid-September through October)
    • Brakes (does not include antilock brakes)
  • Engine Repair 2 (Mid-September through October)
    • Engine repairs, oil leaks, coolant leaks, engine noises, engine replacement, head gasket, timing belt, etc.
  • Steering and Suspension Systems (November through December)
    • Alignment, struts, tie rods, ball joints, shocks, power steering, steering racks, steering column, tires, etc.
  • Engine Performance 2 (November through December)
    • Engine performance concerns, Check Engine light on, engine runs rough, misfires, stalls, doesn’t start, exhaust repairs.
  • Shop Simulation/Internship 2 (Fall Semester – Work done Monday evenings)
    • Refer to Shop Simulation/Internship 1 work plus Electrical & Electronic Systems 2 & 3 for type of services performed.

Spring Semester

  • Electrical and Electronic Systems 2 & 3 (January through March)
    • Battery, starter, alternator, inside/outside lights, gauges, power lock, windows, mirrors, and seats, window defogger, air bags, factory anti-theft systems, cruise control, etc.
  • Auto Transmission/Transaxle (January through March)
    • Automatic transmission diagnosis, service, repair, or replacement
  • Advanced Chassis Systems (January through March)
    • Anti-lock brakes, traction control, air suspension, automatic suspension systems, stability control system, electric steering system, driver assist systems, etc.
  • Engine Repair 1 & Engine Performance 1 (March through May)
    • Coolant flush, thermostat, radiator, hoses, engine mechanical testing, Check Engine light, spark plugs, ignition coils, fuel tank, fuel filter, fuel pump, fuel injector cleaning etc.
  • Manual Drive Train and Axles (March through May)
    • Clutches, manual transmission, CV joints/boots, u-joints, axle/differential repair, 4WD/AWD concerns, wheel bearings, etc.
  • Light Duty Diesel Engine Operation (March through May)
    • Diesel driveability concerns and maintenance
  • Shop Simulation/Internship 1 (Spring Semester – work done Friday mornings)
    • Refer to Auto Service Fundamentals, Brakes Systems, Steering & Suspension Systems courses for types of services performed.
  • Shop Simulation/Internship 3 (Spring Semester – Work done Monday evenings)
    • Refer to Shop Simulation/Internship 2 plus Climate Control Systems, Engine Repair 2, and Engine Performance 2 courses for types of services performed.