Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach / Edition 5

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AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY: A SYSTEMS APPROACH, 5th Edition remains the leading authority on automotive theory, service and repair procedures. The new edition has been updated to include coverage of hybrid vehicles throughout the text, new content on electronic automatic transmissions, preventive maintenance, and many other topics that reflect the most recent changes in the industry. Chapters cover the theory, diagnosis and service of all system areas for automobiles and light trucks, and the content closely adheres to the 2008 NATEF Automobile Program Standards.

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Color photographs, diagrams, and drawings highlight this volume, including 52 photo sequences that illustrate the steps for procedures such as installing a piston and rod assembly and installing and aligning a clutch disc. The book explains recent changes in automotive technology, as well as each of a car's systems, their functions, and a variety of repair techniques. Sections identify the differences among auto makers, and provide basic definitions of important theory, such as electrical and coolant processes. Erjavec has authored twenty-plus automotive text books and has taught in vocational education at Columbus State Community College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781428311497
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/13/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 1472
  • Sales rank: 331,264
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Erjavec has become a fixture in the automotive textbook publishing world. He has decades of experience as a technician, educator, author, and editor, and has authored or co-authored more than 30 automotive textbooks and training manuals. Erjavec holds a master's degree in vocational and technical education from Ohio State University, and he spent twenty years at Columbus State Community College as an instructor and administrator. A long-time affiliate of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers, he also served as executive vice-president for the organization and spent several years on its board of directors. Erjavec is also associated with ATMC, SAE, ASA, ATRA, AERA, and other automotive professional associations.

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Table of Contents

SECTION ONE: AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY. 1: Careers in the Automotive Industry. 2: Workplace Skills. 3: Automotive Systems. 4: Hand Tools and Shop Equipment. 5: Diagnostic Equipment and Special Tools. 6: Working Safely In the Shop. 7: Preventative Maintenance and Basic Services. 8: Basic Theories and Math. SECTION TWO: ENGINES. 9: Automotive Engine Designs and Diagnosis. 10: Engine Disassembly and Cleaning. 11: Lower End Theory and Service. 12: Upper End Theory and Service. 13: Engine Sealing and Reassembly. 14: Lubricating and Cooling Systems. SECTION THREE: ELECTRICITY. 15: Basics of Electrical Systems. 16 : General Electrical System Diagnostics and Service. 17: Batteries: Theory, Diagnosis, and Service. 18: Starting and Traction Motor Systems. 19: Charging Systems. 20: Lighting Systems. 21: Electrical Instrumentation. 22: Basics of Electronics and Computer Systems. 23: Electrical Accessories. 24: Restraint Systems: Theory, Diagnosis, and Service. SECTION FOUR: ENGINE PERFORMANCE. 25: Engine Performance Systems. 26: Sensors. 27: Ignition Systems. 28: Ignition System Diagnosis and Service. 29: Fuel Delivery Systems. 30: Fuel Injection. 31: Fuel Injection Diagnosis and Service. 32: Intake and Exhaust Systems. 33: Emission Control Systems. 34: Emission Control Systems. 35: Alternative Fuels and Other Energy Sources. SECTION FIVE: MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS AND TRANSAXLES. 36: Clutches. 37: Manual Transmission and Transaxles. 38: Manual Transmission and Transaxle Service. 39: Drive Axles and Differentials. SECTION SIX: AUTOMATIC TRANMISSIONS AND TRANSAXLES. 40: Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles. 41: Electronic Automatic Transmissions 42: Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Service. 43: Four- and All-Wheel Drive. SECTION SEVEN: SUSPENSION AND STEERING SYSTEMS. 44: Tires and Wheels. 45: Suspension Systems. 46: Steering Systems. 47: Wheel Alignment. SECTION EIGHT: BRAKES. 48: Brake Systems. 49: Drum Brakes. 50: Disc Brakes. 51: Antilock Brake, Traction Control, and Stability Control Systems. SECTION NINE: PASSENGER COMFORT. 52: Heating and Air Conditioning. 53: Heating and Air Conditioning Diagnosis and Service.

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