Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach / Edition 5

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Published in full color for the first time, Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach, 3E is a comprehensive resource covering the theory of operation, diagnostics, and repair procedures for each system and subsystem of late model domestic and foreign automobiles and light trucks. Topics such as electricity, electronics, engine performance, steering and suspension, the use of diagnostic equipment, OBDII, electronic automatic transmissions, anti-lock braking systems, air-conditioning refrigerants and retrofitting, and many others have been expanded and updated.
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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: 771,753
  • 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.

Rob Thompson has been teaching high school automotive technology since 1995. His teaching career began in 1994 as an adjunct faculty member at Columbus State Community College. Since 2007, Thompson has worked on numerous projects for Cengage Learning and is the author of AUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE & LIGHT REPAIR. He currently serves as vice-president and president-elect of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers.

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Table of Contents

Photo Sequences
Ch. 1 The Automotive Industry 2
Ch. 2 Practicing Safety in the Shop 14
Ch. 3 Automotive Systems 26
Ch. 4 Shop Tools 53
Ch. 5 Diagnostic Equipment 81
Ch. 6 Automotive Engines 105
Ch. 7 Engine Disassembly 128
Ch. 8 Short Blocks 147
Ch. 9 Cylinder Heads and Valves 177
Ch. 10 Camshafts and Valve Trains 210
Ch. 11 Lubricating and Cooling Systems 234
Ch. 12 Intake and Exhaust Systems 272
Ch. 13 Engine Sealing and Reassembly 302
Ch. 14 Basics of Electrical Systems 327
Ch. 15 Basics of Electronics 361
Ch. 16 Batteries: Theory and Service 388
Ch. 17 Starting Systems 408
Ch. 18 Charging Systems 429
Ch. 19 Lighting Systems 450
Ch. 20 Electrical Instruments and Accessories 473
Ch. 21 Ignition Systems 504
Ch. 22 Ignition System Service 532
Ch. 23 Fuel Systems 570
Ch. 24 Carburetors 599
Ch. 25 Fuel Injection 623
Ch. 26 Emission Control Systems 661
Ch. 27 Computerized Engine Controls 689
Ch. 28 Clutches 721
Ch. 29 Manual Transmissions and Transaxles 736
Ch. 30 Manual Transmission/Transaxle Service 758
Ch. 31 Drive Axles and Differentials 769
Ch. 32 Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles 812
Ch. 33 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Service 878
Ch. 34 Four- and All-Wheel Drive 893
Ch. 35 Tires and Wheels 912
Ch. 36 Suspension Systems 934
Ch. 37 Steering Systems and Wheel Alignment 977
Ch. 38 Brake Systems 1024
Ch. 39 Drum Brakes 1050
Ch. 40 Disc Brakes 1079
Ch. 41 Antilock Brake Systems 1097
Ch. 42 Heating and Air Conditioning 1113
Ch. 43 Other Comfort, Safety, and Security Equipment 1150
App. A: Decimal and Metric Equivalents 1170
App. B: Abbreviations 1171
Glossary 1183
Index 1212
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