Remove and replace heavy goods and public service vehicle transmission and driveline units and components

Business Sectors (Suites): Maintenance and Repair - Heavy Goods and Public Service Vehicles
Developed by: IMI
Approved on: 30 Mar 2021


This standard is about removing and replacing heavy goods and public service vehicle units and components where dismantling and re-assembly of transmission and driveline systems is required, including those which incorporate electric and hybrid driveline systems. It is also about evaluating the performance of replaced units and components. The units and components concerned are those not replaced as part of normal routine vehicle maintenance (servicing) activities.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

P1 use suitable personal and vehicle protective equipment throughout all removal and replacement activities
P2 support your removal and replacement activities by reviewing:

P2.1 vehicle technical data
P2.2 removal and replacement procedures
P2.3 legal requirements
P3 prepare the vehicle, vehicle systems and work area for safe working procedures 
P4 prepare, check and use all the equipment required following manufacturers' instructions
P5 carry out all removal and replacement activities following:

P5.1 manufacturers' instructions
P5.2 your workplace procedures
P5.3 health, safety and environmental requirements
P6 work in a way which minimises the risk of:

P6.1 damage to other vehicle systems, units and components
P6.2 contact with leakage and hazardous substances
P6.3 damage to your working environment
P6.4 injury to self and others
P7 ensure replaced transmission and driveline units and components conform to the vehicle operating specification and any legal requirements
P8 promptly record and report any additional faults you notice during the course of your work
P9 use suitable testing methods to evaluate the performance of the reassembled system 
P10 ensure the reassembled transmission and driveline system performs to the vehicle operating specification and meets any legal requirements prior to return to the customer
P11 ensure your records are accurate, complete and passed to the relevant person(s) within the agreed timescale in the format required
P12 complete all removal and replacement activities within the agreed timescale
P13 promptly report any anticipated delays in completion to the relevant person(s)

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

Legislative and organisational requirements and procedures
K1 the legal requirements relating to the vehicle (including road safety requirements)
K2 the legislation and workplace procedures relevant to 

K2.1 health and safety
K2.2 the environment (including waste disposal)
K2.3 appropriate personal and vehicle protective equipment
K3 the implications on an Operators Licence of not carrying out repairs and inspections correctly
K4 your workplace procedures for

K4.1 recording removal and replacement information
K4.2 the referral of problems
K4.3 reporting delays to the completion of work
K5 the importance of documenting removal and replacement information
K6 the importance of working to agreed timescales and keeping others informed of progress
K7 the relationship between time and costs
K8 the importance of promptly reporting anticipated delays to the relevant person(s) 

Use of technical information
K9 how to find, interpret and use sources of information applicable to unit and component removal and replacement within transmission and driveline systems
K10 the importance of using suitable sources of technical information
K11 the purpose of and how to use identification codes

Electrical and electronic principles
K12 the hazards associated with working on or near high voltage electrical vehicle components
K13 vehicle earthing principles and methods
K14 electrical and electronic principles associated with transmission and driveline systems, including types of sensors and actuators, their application and operation
K15 types of circuit protection and why these are necessary
K16 electrical safety procedures 
K17 electric symbols, units and terms
K18 electrical and electronic control system principles

Transmission and driveline system operation and construction
K19 how heavy goods and public service vehicle transmission and driveline systems and their related units and components are constructed, removed and replaced
K20 how heavy goods and public service vehicle transmission and driveline systems and their related units and components operate

K21 how to prepare, check and use all the removal and replacement equipment

Transmission and driveline system unit and component removal and replacement
K22 how to remove and replace heavy goods and public service vehicle transmission and driveline system mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic units and components
K23 how to test and evaluate the performance of replacement transmission and driveline system units and components and the reassembled system against the vehicle operating specifications and any legal requirements 
K24 how to select the appropriate testing method when checking transmission and driveline systems following replacement of units and components *
K25 when replacement *units and components must meet the original equipment specification (OES) for warranty or other requirements
K26 how to work safely avoiding damage to other vehicle systems, units and components and contact with leakage and hazardous  substances
K27 the importance of inspecting the vehicle following any repairs


1. Equipment is

1.1. hand tools
1.2. special workshop tools
1.3. general workshop equipment
1.4. electrical testing equipment

2. Testing methods are:

2.1. sensory
2.2. functional
2.3. measurement

3. Units and components are:

3.1. mechanical
3.2. electrical
3.3. hydraulic and fluid
3.4. pneumatic

4. Transmission and driveline systems are:

4.1. gearbox and power take off
4.2. hubs and bearings
4.3. driveline shafts
4.4. clutch
4.5. final drive
4.6. electric and hybrid driveline systems

Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





This section contains examples and explanations of some of the terms used but does not form part of the standard.

Agreed timescales
Examples include: manufacturer's recommended work times, job times set by your company or a job time agreed with a specific customer.

Functional testing
Examples include: dynamometer and transmission stall test.

Heavy goods and public service vehicles
These are medium and large goods vehicles, buses and coaches of 3500kgs gross vehicle mass (GVM) and above.

Sensory testing methods*
These may include looking, listening, smelling and touching for heat.

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Indicative Review Date

31 Mar 2024





Originating Organisation


Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Engineering, Heavy Vehicle Service Technician (Automotive), Vehicle Trades, Bus and Coach Mechanic (semi-skilled), Bus and Coach Mechanic, Bus and Coach Mechelec

SOC Code



Remove; replace; heavy goods vehicle; public service vehicle; transmission; driveline; units; components; clutch; gearbox; prop-shaft; half-shaft