Automotive Technician Certification: Test Preparation Manual / Edition 2

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The second edition of Certified ASE Master Technician Don Knowles' popular ASE test preparation book adds coverage of the L1 Advanced Engine Performance test to its coverage of automotive tests A1 through A8. All nine tests covered in this book reflect year 2000 task lists, including the updated composite vehicle in the L1 test.
This revised edition contains at least one practice question for every ASE task in the tests. Also included is the updated and expanded coverage of electronic automatic transmissions, electronically controlled automatic transmissions, electronically controlled 4 wheel drive and steering, ABS systems, wiring diagrams and repairing electronic components.
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Editorial Reviews

A handbook for preparing for nine exams (A1-A8 and L1) offered through the Automotive Service Excellence Certification program. Chapters are laid out in test format and cover engine repair; automatic transmissions and transaxles; manual drivetrains and axles; suspension and steering; brakes; electrical/electronic systems; heating and air conditioning systems; engine performance; and advanced engine performance specialist exams. Questions include hints, and often technical drawings or schematics. Answers and a glossary are at the end of each chapter. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766819481
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.91 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Knowles has been writing automotive training materials for over 28 years, with 54 textbooks to his credit, as well as student manuals, training CDs, and short articles for service bulletins. He was previously employed as an automotive instructor at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) Palliser Campus, where he produced over 60 automotive training videos and wrote a computer-assisted instruction (CAI) program to coordinate with each video. Mr. Knowles is currently the owner and manager of Knowles Automotive Training, a company focused exclusively on the preparation of automotive training materials and an educational member of the Automotive Service Association (ASA). An ASE certified Automotive Technician, he has also been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers for over 30 years, and is a member of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT).

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Table of Contents

National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence Certification vii
Pretest vii
Introduction ix
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) ix
ASE Test Preparation xiii
Glossary xvi
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction xix
1 Engine Repair
Pretest 1
General Engine Diagnosis 3
Cylinder Head and Valve Train Diagnosis and Repair 8
Engine Block Diagnosis and Repair 21
Lubrication and Cooling System Diagnosis and Repair 34
Fuel, Electrical, Ignition, and Exhaust Systems Inspection and Service 39
Answers and Analysis 43
Glossary 49
2 Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles
Pretest 65
General Transmission/Transaxle Diagnosis, Mechanical/Hydraulic Systems 67
Electronic Systems 73
Transmission/Transaxle Maintenance and Adjustment 78
In-Vehicle Transmission/Transaxle Repair 80
Off-Vehicle Transmission/Transaxle Repair, Removal, Disassembly, and Assembly 89
Gear Train, Shafts, Bushings, Oil Pump, and Case 92
Friction and Reaction Units 98
Answers and Analysis 103
Glossary 109
3 Manual Drive Train and Axles
Pretest 123
Clutch Diagnosis and Repair 125
Transmission Diagnosis and Repair 133
Transaxle Diagnosis and Repair 144
Drive (Half) Shaft and Universal Joint/Constant Velocity (CV) Joint Diagnosis and Repair (Front- and Rear-Wheel Drive) 159
Rear-Wheel-Drive Axle Diagnosis and Repair (Ring and Pinion Gears) 162
Differential Case Assembly 170
Limited Slip Differential 172
Axle Shafts 174
Four-Wheel-Drive Component Diagnosis and Repair 175
Answers and Analysis 188
Glossary 197
4 Suspension and Steering
Pretest 219
Steering Systems Diagnosis and Repair, Steering Columns and Manual Steering Gears 221
Power-Assisted Steering Units 227
Steering Linkage 238
Suspension Systems Diagnosis and Repair, Front Suspensions 240
Rear Suspensions 245
Miscellaneous Service 249
Wheel Alignment Diagnosis, Adjustment, and Repair 251
Wheel and Tire Diagnosis and Repair 257
Answers and Analysis 260
Glossary 267
5 Brakes
Pretest 277
Hydraulic System Diagnosis and Repair, Master Cylinders (Non-ABS) 279
Fluids, Lines, and Hoses 282
Valves and Switches (Non-ABS) 285
Bleeding, Flushing, and Leak Testing (Non-ABS Systems) 288
Drum Brake Diagnosis and Repair 290
Disc Brake Diagnosis and Service 296
Power Assist Units Diagnosis and Repair 304
Miscellaneous (Wheel Bearings, Parking Brakes, Electrical, etc.) Diagnosis and Repair 306
Antilock Brake System (ABS) Diagnosis and Repair 310
Answers and Analysis 318
Glossary 325
6 Electrical/Electronic Systems
Pretest 335
General Electrical/Electronic System Diagnosis 340
Battery Diagnosis and Service 346
Starting System Diagnosis and Service 349
Charging System Diagnosis and Repair 352
Lighting Systems Diagnosis and Repair, Headlights, Parking Lights, Taillights, Dash Lights, and Courtesy Lights 358
Stoplights, Turn Signals, Hazard Lights, and Backup Lights 368
Gauges, Warning Devices, and Driver Information Systems Diagnosis and Repair 373
Horn and Wiper/Washer Diagnosis and Repair 379
Accessories Diagnosis and Repair, Body 383
Miscellaneous 395
Answers and Analysis 406
Glossary 415
7 Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems
Pretest 425
A/C System Diagnosis and Repair 427
Refrigeration System Component Diagnosis and Repair, Compressor and Clutch 437
Refrigerant System Component Diagnosis and Repair, Evaporator, Condenser, and Related Components 443
Heating and Engine Cooling Systems Diagnosis and Repair 453
Operating Systems and Related Controls Diagnosis and Repair, Electrical 458
Operating Systems and Related Controls Diagnosis and Repair, Vacuum/Mechanical 466
Automatic and Semiautomatic Heating, Ventilating, and A/C Systems 471
Refrigerant Recovery, Recycling, and Handling 481
Answers and Analysis 484
Glossary 491
8 Engine Performance
Pretest 501
General Engine Diagnosis 503
Ignition System Diagnosis and Repair 510
Fuel, Air Induction, and Exhaust System Diagnosis and Repair 516
Emission Control Systems Diagnosis and Repair, Positive Crankcase Ventilation 525
Emissions Control Systems Diagnosis and Repair, Exhaust Gas Recirculation 527
Emissions Control Systems Diagnosis and Repair, Exhaust Gas Treatment 530
Emissions Control Systems Diagnosis and Repair, Evaporative Emissions Controls 533
Computerized Engine Controls Diagnosis and Repair 536
Engines Electrical Systems Diagnosis and Repair, Battery 543
Engine Electrical Systems Diagnosis and Service, Starting System 544
Engine Electrical Systems Diagnosis and Repair, Charging System 546
Answers and Analysis 547
Glossary 557
9 Advanced Engine Performance
Pretest 565
Composite Vehicle 569
General Powertrain Diagnosis 578
Computerized Powertrain Controls Diagnosis--Including OBD II 587
Ignition System Diagnosis 599
Fuel Systems and Air Induction Systems Diagnosis 607
Emission Control Systems Diagnosis 613
I/M Failure Diagnosis 622
Answers and Analysis 633
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