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3.19.1 Power Mechanics Paper 1 (447/1)

SECTION A (40 marks)

Answer all the questions in this section in the spaces provided.

1 a) Outline six key steps in the entrepreneurship process. (3 marks)

b) List four areas where ventilation is necessary in a power mechanics workshop. (2 marks)

2 a) State two ethical conducts to be observed by a power mechanics technician. (l mark)

b) Make a free-hand sketch of a self-tapping screw. (2 marks)

3 Outline four constructional differences between a four stroke single cylinder Sl engine and a four stroke single cylinder C.I engine. (4 marks)

4 a) State two advantages of air brakes over hydraulic brakes. (2 marks)

b) Explain why:

(i) the split washer has offset ends; (1 mark)

(ii) the tab washer has a square projection on the inner edge. (1 mark)

5 a) State two possible causes for a faint horn sound. (2 marks)

b) List two operational differences between the DC generator and the alternator. (2 marks)

6) Explain the term “spring weight” as applied to leaf springs. (2 marks)

b) With respect to a single cylinder engine, differentiate between “make” and “model”. (2 marks)

7 a) With the aid of a sketch, illustrate the type of tyre wear pattern caused by under inflation.

b) Explain the following properties of ferrous metals:

(i) toughness;

(ii) hardness.

8 a) State two functions of the fuel tank cap on a single cylinder engine. (2 marks)

b) With the aid of diagrams, illustrate the difference between the vanes of a fluid coupling and a torque converter.

9 (a) Name four types of pliers.

(b) List four thermal processes used for joining metals.

10 (a)

(b) Explain the meaning of “steering geometry”.

SECTION (60 marks) Distinguish between the two types of engine block construction.

Answer question 11 and any other three questions from this section in the spaces provided.

Candidates are advised not to spend more than 25 minutes on question 11.

11 Figure 1 shows three orthographic views of a block drawn in first angle projection.

On the grid paper provided draw the block FULL SIZE in isometric projection taking P as the lowest point.

12 (a) List the accessories and equipment used in arc welding.

(b) Outline the procedure for arc welding a butt joint.

13 Figure 2 shows the three point type of a 2-stroke cycle petrol engine.

a) Name the parts labelled A to F. (3 marks)

b) Explain how the engine operates. (12 marks)

14 a) The oil pressure warning light of a vehicle remains on when the engine is running.

b) Outline three checks that may be performed on the lubrication system to establish the cause of the fault. (3 marks)

14 a) With the aid of a circuit diagram, explain the operation of a two teminal flasher unit. (12 marks)

b Name four types of gears. (2 marks)

15 a) Name two functions of a gear box in a vehicle. (2 marks)

b) With the aid of a labelled sketch, explain the power flow in a three-speed sliding mesh gearbox engaged in second gear. (11 marks)

3.19.2 Power Mechanics Paper 2 (447/2)


In the space below, sketch in good proportion a sectional view of a sparking plug.

Label four parts.


(10 marks

Using the tools, equipment and materials provided, fabricate the support bracket shown in figure 2.


Identify the items labelled A to E. For each item:

(a) state the material it is made of;

(b) name its use in a motor vehicle.

Complete Table 1

Table 1


On the piston provided, perform the following tasks:

measure the side clearance of the piston ring;

remove the ring from the piston;

measure the free gap of the ring;

measure the working gap of the ring;

fit the ring back into the piston.

(Let the examiner check your Work)

(10 marks)


Using the tools and materials provided, connect the ignition circuit of a motor vehicle using one spark- ing plug.

(Let the examiner check your Work)


Identify the pans labelled K, L, M, N and O. Name the vehicle system in which each part is used.

For each part, identify one defect and state its effect on vehicle performance. Complete Table 2

Table 2

(10 marks)


On the gas Welding equipment provided,

(a) Identify the parts labelled P, Q, R, S and T. (2 marks)

(b) Without adjusting the regular pressure, light the equipment and set the torch to obtain an oxidising flame. (6% marks)

(c) Shut down the gas equipment. (1 mark)


(a) For the single cylinder engine provided, measure and record the following:

(i) bore

(ii) stroke

(2 marks)

(b) Calculate the compression ratio of the engine if the clearance volume is taken to be 10% of the displacement volume. (8 marks)


On the multicylinder engine provided;

remove the fanbelt;

state the correct remedy for each defect;


On the battery provided, perform the following operations:

identify two defects on the fanbelt and state one possible cause of each defect; (10 marks)

(a) measure and record the specific gravity and battery voltage of each cell in Table

3. (Take cell number l to be next to the positive terminal)

Table 3 (b) Check and comment on the state of:

(i) battery electrolyte level

(ii) battery charge

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(10 marks)


4.19.1 Power Mechanics Paper 1 (447/1)

1. (a) (i) Scanning the environment.

(ii) Identificatioii of business opportunities/ideas.

(iii) Evaluation of business opportunities/ideas.

(iv) Selection of opportunity.

(v) Gathering of resources to exploit the opportunity.

(vi) Taking action/initiating the business

(b) - Battery charging area.

- Engine testing area.

- Welding area.

- Storage area.

- Drainage area.

2. (a) - Honesty.

- Integrity.

- Professionalism.

- courtesy.

- Timeliness


3 - Injector - Spa.rk plug

- Pressure ignited (no magnet) - Magneto.

- Unit injection system - Carburetor

- Fuel/line - High tension lead

4 (a) - Air brake equipment are cheap to produce since they do not required high degree of accuracy.

- Air brakes are relatively cheaper to maintain.

- Compressed air can be used for other vehicle application.

(b) (i) Split washer has offset ends - to ensure that the bolt is tightened. The extra force exerted to flatten the offset ends prevents the nut or bolt from working loose.

(ii) Tab washer has a square projection fitted into the edge to prevent washer from turning thus keeping the nut tight despite the turning motion.

5. (a) - Faulty connection.

- Loose connection.

- Out of adjust.

- Dirty contacts.

(b) - DC generators delivers direct current while alternator delivers alternating current.

- DC generator spins the armature (output) coils inside two or more stationery field coils while the alternator spins the field coils inside a set of stationery stator windings (out put).

- Alternator delivers high current at low engine speeds than DC generators. It is more efficient at low speeds.

6. (a) - The weight carried by the leaf ®spring ie. body weight and the load®.

(b) - Make refers to e commercial name of the engine eg. Clinton, Honda, Briggs etc manufacturer.

- Model refers to the code th manufacturer gives to a specified type of engine eg. Clinton 494, Honda G35.

7 (a)

Tyre worn out at both shoulders

(b) - Toughness - ability to resist change of shape without fracture when sufficient force is applied. 1 mark

- Hardness - ability to resist penetration or change of shape until fracture occurs. 1 mark

8 (a) - Prevents dust and dirt or any other foreign material from entering the tank.

- Allows tank to be filled With fuel and prevent fuel from splashing out of the tank.

- Allows atmospheric pressure to push fuel from the tank to the carburettor when the engine is operating.

(b) (i) Fluid coupling (ii) Torque converter

Straight Bent

9 (a) - Diagonal/side cutter.

- Combination pliers.

- Long nose pliers.

- Slip joint pliers.

- Vice grip pliers.

- Circlip pliers.

(b) - Soft soldering.

- Hard soldering (brazing)

- Arc Welding.

- Gas Welding.

- Spot Welding.

10. (a)- Separate ®- block and crank case are separate.

- Integral® - block and crank case are moulded together.

(b) Steerin; eometry describes var' us angles firmed by tlf front wheel alignment set up . It comprises caster@ camber , toe-in , king pin inclination toe out among others.


11 9 faces = 9 x 1

- Point P

- Isometric figure

- Groove

- Chamfer

- Scale

- Tidiness

12. (a) - Welding machine (either DC or AC).

- Two cables.

- Electrode holder.

- Ground clamp.

- Head shield.

- Welding shield.

- Asbestos gloves.

- Leather apron.

- Wire brush.

- Chipping hammer.

- Tongs.

(b) - Clean and prepare the joint.

- Position the joint on welding table Use clamps if necessary.

- Attach the ground cable securely.

- Set the welding machine to the desired am rage.

- Wear protective clothing and head shield. 6%

- Clamp the electrode in the electrode holder at 90“ to the jaws.

- Lower your head shield and strike the arc, using th scratch method.

- Tack both ends of the butt joint with a weld spot.

- Starting from one side, continue welding, maintaining the correct arc length (about l to 3 m and speed to avoid the electrode sticking to the joint until the joint is fully welded%

- Through the shield, watch the puddle of molten metal directly behind the a It should be in fonn of a ridge when it solidifies, implying the correct speed.

13. (a) A - Spark plug.

B - Deflector crown.

C- Transfer port.

D- Airtight crankcase.

E - Inlet port.

F - Exhaust outlet port.

(b) Upward stroke. 7 marks

Piston is at bottom dead centre (B .D .C .) inlet port is closed and exhaust and tran er port are open. Exhaust gases are leaving the cylinder and a compressed charge G5 of fresh mixture is entering at the transfer port on the opposite side of the cylinder. The deflector crown on the piston is shaped so as to deflect fresh mixture to the top the cylinder while at th same time directing exhaust gases to the exhaust gases. fig As the piston moves moves further the cylinder 't seals off the transfer and exhaust ports, thus compressing épthe mixture® .

when it nears TDC. At the me time, this upward movement uncovers the inlet port to allow fresh mixtureég to be drawn into the crankcase by the partial vacuum created by the upward movement of the piston. Downward stroke The expans' n of the burning mixture forces the piston to move down an rotate the crankshaftcfi. At the same time, the descend g piston covers the inlet port and begins to reduce the effective volume of the G5 cran ase. This action compresses the mixture in the crankcase until the transfer port is 6% u overed to let some of this texture to escape to combustion chamber via the transfer 65 port. Further downward 6 movement uncovers the exhaust port allowing exit of the combustion gases. 9 The process is then repeated.

5 marks 14. (a) Check if:

- there is sufficient oil.

- the gauge is faulty.

- relief valve is faulty.

- oil filter is chocked/clogged.

- oil pump is faulty (seized).

- oil pump is worn out.

(b) - In the indicato witch LHS ® flasher unit, the c | ent flow through the fuse in the flasher unit is low and therefore li s do not show. This cu ent however heats the wire and allows it to expand fié thus closing t contacts

- Current will then flow through the LHS to the indicator lamps which will eventual light. On the warning light circuit the current flows through the RHS of flasher 6 indicator to the ground but since it is low it does not light the RHS lamps .

15. (a) (i) Spur gear.

(ii) Helical gear.

(iii) Double helical gear.

(iv) Hypoid gear

(v) Bevel gear.

(vi) Worm gear.

(b) Functions of gearbox:

- provide reverse gear

- vary torque and speed as per road and load conditions

- provide neutral gear.

- To obtain 2nd gear.

- The low and reverse manishaft gear is disengaged from the low speed counter shaft gear and shiffed to the neutral position.

- 2nd speed gear manishaft is shiffed to the second speed positopm to mesh with the second countershaft gear.

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