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Automotive technology : a systems approach
Erjavec, Jack.
Personal Author:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Albany, N.Y. : Delmar, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxix, 1343 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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TL152 .E67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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This comprehensive textbook covers the theory of operation, diagnostics, and repair procedures for each system and subsystem of late model domestic and imported automobiles and light trucks. The new edition is published in full color for the first time, including all new step-by-step photo sequences to help users visualize and identify common repair procedures. The technical content has been both updated and improved. An emphasis is placed upon providing the best possible coverage of key topics virtually all automotive technicians must know electricity-electronics, engine performance, steering and suspension and brakes. "Hot Topics" such as the use of diagnostic equipment (including lab scopes), hazardous materials management, OBDII, electronic automatic transmissions, anti-lock braking systems, air-conditioning refrigerants and retrofitting, passive restraint systems and many others have been expanded and updated. Key new teaching tools, including 100 full-color transparency acetates, and Power- Point based lecture outlines, have been added to make the teaching package the best available. This textbook is also accompanied by an extensive Tech Manual that includes an all-new electronic study guide.ALSO AVAILABLELab Manual, ISBN: 0-7668-0674-X

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In the years since the 3rd edition was published in 2000, automotive repair has continued to increase in technical complexity, making it more difficult for practitioners to stay on top of the trade and for students to become successful. This visually appealing, extensively illustrated, very readable, completely updated, and well-organized course resource teaches students diagnostic skills for isolating problems in specific systems, prepares students for ASE certification exams, and offers ways to learn about developing a career in the automotive repair industry. Nine sections treat "Automotive Technology," "Engines," "Electricity," "Engine Performance," "Manual Transmissions and Transaxles," "Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles," "Suspension and Steering Systems," "Brakes," and "Passenger Comfort" and are outlined to match ASE test specifications and competency task lists. An appendix of decimal and metric equivalents, glossary of terms, and index close out the book. An accompanying CD-ROM effectively reinforces basic concepts by providing audio and video material, links to online resources, quizzes, and games. Two problems of note are the inability to return to the main screen once "Challenging Concepts" is started, causing the user to close out and re-launch the CD-ROM, and the blurry quality of the video clips. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates; professionals; two-year technical program students. R. E. Kelly IV Hutchinson Community College

Table of Contents

Section 1 Automotive Technology: Careers in the Automotive Industry
Workplace Skills
Working Safely In the Shop
Automotive Systems and Preventative Maintenance
Hand Tools and Shop Equipment
Diagnostic Equipment and Special Tools
Basic Theories and Math
Section 2 Engines: Automotive Engine Designs and Diagnosis
Engine Disassembly
Short Blocks
Cylinder Heads and Valve Trains
Lubricating and Cooling Systems
Engine Sealing and Reassembly
Section 3 Electricity: Basics of Electrical Systems
Basics of Electronics
General Electrical System Diagnostics and Service
Batteries: Theory, Diagnosis, and Service
Starting Systems
Charging Systems
Lighting Systems
Electrical Instrumentation
Electrical Accessories
Restraint Systems: Theory, Diagnosis, and Service
Section 4 Engine Performance: Ignition Systems
Ignition System Diagnosis and Service
Fuels and Other Energy Sources
Fuel Delivery Systems
Fuel Injection
Fuel Injection Diagnosis and Service
Intake and Exhaust Systems
Emission Control Systems
Emission Control System Diagnosis and Service
On Board Diagnostic Systems
On Board Diagnostic System Diagnosis and Service
Section 5 Manual Transmissions and Transaxles: Clutches
Manual Transmission and Transaxles
Manual Transmission and Transaxle Service
Drive Axles and Differentials
Section 6 Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles: Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles
Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Service
Four- and All-Wheel Drive
Section 7 Suspension and Steering Systems: Tires and Wheels
Suspension Systems
Steering Systems
Wheel Alignment
Section 8 Brakes: Brake Systems
Drum Brakes
Disc Brakes
Antilock Brake, Traction Control, and Stability Control Systems
Section 9 Passenger Comfort: Heating and Air Conditioning
Heating and Air Conditioning Diagnosis and Service