I.D.# PD111014ON
Access Period: 90 Days
Duration: 8 Hours

Powertrain as-installed subsystems have a common fundamental function to perform in harmony, enabling the engine to power the vehicle and/or accessories. There is a need to avoid issues such as idle roughness and to realize these are system interaction issues. For example, modal alignment affects idle roughness, and improving idle roughness can affect fuel economy.

This 8-hour Ford online course describes the function and major interfaces of powertrain as-installed driveline subsystems. It also discusses Design Verification System (DVS) metrics/performance requirements for each subsystem and how each subsystem affects other subsystems. The course is aimed at increasing powertrain engineers' awareness of the system-level interactions and tradeoffs related to their design and release actions and their ability to make informed decisions. While certain Ford proprietary information has been removed from the course, it contains essentially the same content that engineers from Ford and select suppliers have benefitted from taking.

Is this Ford Online Course for You?
This course is geared toward quality, manufacturing, and product development engineers. It is recommended that you have an engineering degree and experience in the automotive engineering field.


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By participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the four generic configurations of vehicle drivelines
  • Explain the fundamental functions of each driveline and the additional functions that power all four wheels
  • Describe the hardware that delivers the driveline functions
  • Describe the design, hardware, and types of drive axles
  • Describe the primary functions of the drive axle subsystem
  • Explain important interfaces of the drive axle, including attribute interfaces
  • Describe driveshaft and halfshaft hardware, design, and primary functions
  • Explain important driveshaft and halfshaft hardware interfaces and attribute interfaces
  • Describe the design of the transfer case, power transfer unit (PTU), coupling, and rear drive unit (RDU)
  • Identify the hardware, types of design, primary functions, and important interfaces of the transfer case, PTU, coupling, and RDU
  • Identify important Design Verification System (DVS) metrics and performance requirements for the drive axle susbsystem, driveshafts and halfshafts, and the transfer case, PTU, coupling, and RDU
  • Analyze design scenarios to identify the most practical resolution action


  • Introduction to Driveline
  • Drive Axles
  • Driveshafts/Halfshafts
  • Transfer Case/PTU/Coupling/RDU

Author(s): Ford Quality Office, Ford Learning & Development

Materials Provided

With your registration, you will receive 90 days (from date of purchase) of online access to the eight-hour presentation.

About Ford Online Courses

Ford and SAE International offer convenient and portable online courses on powertrain and problem-solving topics as a way to extend Ford engineering knowledge across the global industry. These internet-delivered short courses feature graphical presentation screens with text-based instruction, a glossary, and references. Case studies, summaries, and checks for knowledge are incorporated throughout each course to reinforce learning and retention and gauge your

Equipment Requirements

  • Windows 7, 8 (Apple OSX and Unix/Linux are not supported but may work)
  • Pentium 4 PC
  • Minimum 512 MB RAM; recommended 1 GB RAM
  • Internet Explorer 10-11, Mozilla Firefox 37 , Google Chrome 42 (Safari and Opera are not supported)
  • Broadband-1Mbps minimum

Full Course
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