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Guide to the automobile certification examination
Hughes, James G.
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Sixth edition.
Publication Information:
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson/Prentice Hall, [2003]

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viii, 418 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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This book is a basic essential for anyone preparing to take the A.S.E. exam. It includes more than 2000 practice questions using the A.S.E. style and format, and is organized around the A.S.E. subject areas. KEY TOPICS Chapter topics cover engine repair, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning, engine performance, advanced engine performance specialist, light vehicle compressed natural gas, engine machinist, and parts specialist. For individuals preparing to take the A.S.E. exam.

Author Notes

James G. Hughes is an automotive instructor (retired) at Rio Hondo College in Whinier, California. He is an ASE certified master automobile technician, is ASE certified as an advanced engine performance specialist, is ASE certified as a light vehicle compressed natural gas technician, is ASE certified in all engine machinist areas, and is ASE certified as an automobile part specialist. Mr. Hughes was the National Service Training Instructor for Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., and has taught many ASE refresher courses throughout the country.



SOME BRIEF FACTS REGARDING THE AUTOMOBILE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM The national Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is a nonprofit corporation created in 1972 that has been organized to promote and encourage high standards of automotive service and repair. ASE is governed by a Board of Directors. The members represent many different areas of the automotive service industry. ASE offers tests in eight specific areas of automobile repair and in specific engine machinist areas. To become certified in a given area, you must pass the related specific test. To become certified as a Master Automobile Technician, you must pass all eight automobile tests. The eight ASE test areas are: Engine Repair (60 questions) 2. Automatic Transmission/Transaxle (50 questions) 3. Manual Drive Train and Axles (40 questions) 4. Suspension and Steering (40 questions) 5. Brakes (50 questions) 6. Electrical/Electronic Systems (50 questions) 7. Heating and Air Conditioning (50 questions) 8. Engine Performance (65 questions) The three engine machinist tests areas are: Cylinder Head Specialist (55 questions) Cylinder Block Specialist (60 questions) Assembly Specialist (60 questions) An Advanced Engine Performance (L1) Specialist test (45 questions) is part of the ASE program. In order to take this test, you must be currently certified in the regular Automobile Engine Performance (A8) area. ASE also certifies in medium/heavy truck (including an L2 advanced level), collision repair and refinish, light vehicle CNG (compressed and natural gas), and school bus, in parts specialist areas, and in exhaust systems. To take the test(s), you must sign up in advance and pay a $29 registration fee, plus $24 for each test you plan to take. Exceptions to this are the advanced tests (LI and L2), which cost $48 each to take. To obtain a registration form, contact ASE and request the free Bulletin of Information booklet. Their contact in formation is as follows: National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence 101 Blue Seal Drive, S. E., Suite 101 Leesburg, VA 20175 (703) 669-6600 Tests are conducted in over 600 cities and towns across the nation, as indicated in the Bulletin of Information. The tests are normally given twice a year, once in the spring (May) and once in the fall (November). Certifications are valid for five years. After this time period, you must take a recertification test. Recertification indicates you have kept up with the changing technology. Excerpted from Guide to the Automobile Certification Examination by James G. Hughes All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

1 Engine Repair
2 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
3 Manual Drive Train and Axles
4 Suspension and Steering
5 Brakes
6 Electrical/Electronic Systems
7 Heating and Air Conditioning
8 Engine Performance
9 Advanced Engine Performance Specialist
10 Light Vehicle Compressed Natural Gas
11 Engine Machinist