Basic Automotive Tire Service (ATS)

Basic Automotive Tire Service (ATS)


Basic Automotive Tire Service (ATS) is a 200-level minimum skills training and certificate program that outlines and explains the guidelines for servicing passenger and light truck tire and wheel assemblies. It includes the step-by-step procedures for: lifting the vehicle; removing the assembly; demounting, mounting and inflating; balancing; tire repair; and wheel installation. Basic ATS places special emphasis on the relationship between torque and clamping force so technicians have a thorough understanding of the necessary steps to ensure wheel retention on steel and aluminum wheels.

Following is a list of the 10 Modules that make up the Basic Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Program:

Module 1 – Introduction
Covers personal protective equipment (PPE) and general shop safety practices.

Module 2 – Tires
Covers tire construction, nomenclature, sizing, application, and replacement guidelines.

Module 3 – Wheel & Fasteners
Covers wheel and rim nomenclature as well as fastener and bolt hole identification.

Module 4 – Raising the Vehicle
Addresses the step-by-step procedures and safety guidelines for lifting a vehicle with an above-ground lift or floor jack and jack stands.

Module 5 – Tire/Wheel Assembly Removal
Covers the procedures for removing the assembly from the vehicle including wheel locks and wheel covers.

Module 6 – Torque & Clamping Force
Explains the relationship between torque and clamping force including laboratory tests that show the effects of lubricants.

Module 7 – RIST
Stands for Remove, Inspect, Snug and Torque and this module covers the step-by-step procedures for wheel installation using the RIST procedure.

Module 8 – Demounting, Mounting & Inflation
Covers the step-by-step procedures for demounting, mounting and inflating tires on rims with valve stem and band-mounted sensors.

Module 9 – Balance and Run-out
Address the basic principles of balance and run-out including the use of pin-plates to secure the assembly to the balancer.

Module 10 – Puncture Repair
Covers the general industry guidelines for puncture repairs in passenger and light truck tires as well as the step-by-step procedures for installing one-piece and two-piece repair basic automotive systems.