Dynamometer Shifts Brighton High Auto Lab Into High Gear

BRIGHTON, MI (AP) – The 120 students in Brighton High School’s automotive tech program now can test engine performance with a device that has controls like a powerboat and roars like a dragster.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus reports that the school district purchased an engine dynamometer for $51,000 with bond money. Officials say it provides give hands-on experience that will help students get automotive jobs such as diagnostic technicians.

Automotive instructor Rocky Roberts says students can check cylinder pressure, fuel consumption, air flow and exhaust ratio among other things.

The dynamometer is a circular disk filled with pressurized water that puts a load on the engine. Students can test an engine and rev it to see how it responds. A computer monitor shows engine vitals.

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