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Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach, 4th Edition

  • Jack Erjavec
  • Martin Resoule
  • Stephen Leroux
  • Rob Thompson
  • ISBN-10: 0176796177
  • ISBN-13: 9780176796174
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2016, 2012, 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Available April 2020
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Overview

About the Product

Advancing technology continues to improve the operation and integration of the various systems of the automobile. These changes present ongoing challenges for students aiming to become successful automotive technicians. The fourth Canadian edition of Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach was designed and written to continue to prepare students for those challenges. This book concentrates on the need-to-know essentials of the various automotive systems (and how they have changed from the vehicles of yesterday), the operation of today’s vehicles, and what to expect in the near future. New technology is addressed throughout the book in addition to the standard technology that students can expect to see in most vehicles. Each topic is explained in a logical way. Many years of teaching have provided the author team of this text with a good sense of how students read and study technical material, as well as what draws their interest to a topic and keeps it there. This knowledge has been incorporated in the writing and the features of this book.

Features

  • Learning Outcomes: Each chapter begins with the purpose of the chapter, stated in a list of learning outcomes. Both cognitive and performance outcomes are included in the lists.

  • Warning! and Caution!: Included frequently throughout the text, these features alert students to important safety concerns.

  • Shop Talk: This feature appears throughout the book to give practical common sense advice on service and maintenance procedures.

  • Go To and Performance Tip: These features allow for easier navigation and introduce performance-enhancing techniques, respectively.

  • Customer Care: Creating a professional image is an important part of shaping a career in automotive technology. The Customer Care tips were written to encourage professional integrity. They give advice on educating customers and keeping them satisfied.

About the Author

Jack Erjavec

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.

Martin Restoule

Martin Restoule was born and raised in Perth, Ontario. In 1979 he graduated from the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program at Algonquin College and was promoted to shop foreman at Perkins Motors in Perth. In 1989 he accepted a job at Algonquin College as an Automotive Technician Professor. In 1993, Martin founded the Truck and Coach Technician Apprenticeship Program. He is the lead Canadian adapting author for Nelson’s market-leading title Automotive Technology: A System Approach, is addition to authoring the Centennial College Press Canadian Truck and Transport Technicians C of Q Exam Test Prep, in addition to eight test preparation handbooks for students in the United States.

Rob Thompson

Rob Thompson has been teaching high school automotive technology since 1995. He currently teaches 11th and 12th grade students in an ASE Education Foundation-accredited MLR program. 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 has served on the board and is a past president of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Automotive Technology
Chapter 1: Careers in the Automotive Industry
Chapter 2: Workplace Skills
Chapter 3: Working Safely in the Shop
Chapter 4: Automotive Systems
Chapter 5: Hand Tools and Shop Equipment
Chapter 6: Diagnostic Equipment and Special Tools
Chapter 7: Basic Theories and Math
Chapter 8: Preventive Maintenance and Basic Services

Section 2: Engines
Chapter 9: Automotive Engine Designs and Diagnosis
Chapter 10: Engine Disassembly
Chapter 11: Lower End Theory and Service
Chapter 12: Upper End Theory and Service
Chapter 13: Engine Sealing and Reassembly
Chapter 14: Lubricating and Cooling Systems

Section 3: Electricity
Chapter 15: Basics of Electrical Systems
Chapter 16: Basics of Electronics and Computer Systems
Chapter 17: General Electrical System Diagnostics and Service
Chapter 18: Batteries: Theory, Diagnosis, and Service
Chapter 19: Starting Systems
Chapter 20: Charging Systems
Chapter 21: Lighting Systems
Chapter 22: Instrumentation and Information Displays
Chapter 23: Electrical Accessories
Chapter 24: Restraint Systems: Theory, Diagnosis, and Service

Section 4: Engine Performance
Chapter 25: Ignition Systems
Chapter 26: Ignition System Diagnosis and Service
Chapter 27: Gasoline, Diesel, and Other Fuels
Chapter 28: Fuel Delivery Systems
Chapter 29: Electronic Fuel Injection
Chapter 30: Fuel Injection System Diagnosis and Service
Chapter 31: Engine Performance Systems
Chapter 32: Detailed Diagnosis and Sensors
Chapter 33: Intake and Exhaust Systems
Chapter 34: Emission Control Systems
Chapter 35: Emission Control Diagnosis and Service
Chapter 36: Hybrid Vehicles
Chapter 37: Electric Vehicles

Section 5: Manual Transmissions and Transaxles
Chapter 38: Clutches
Chapter 39: Manual Transmissions and Transaxles
Chapter 40: Manual Transmission/Transaxle Service
Chapter 41: Drive Axles and Differentials

Section 6: Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles
Chapter 42: Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles
Chapter 43: Electronic Automatic Transmissions
Chapter 44: Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Service
Chapter 45: Four- and All-Wheel Drive

Section 7: Suspension and Steering Systems
Chapter 46: Tires and Wheels
Chapter 47: Suspension Systems
Chapter 48: Steering Systems
Chapter 49: Wheel Alignment

Section 8: Brakes
Chapter 50: Brake Systems
Chapter 51: Drum Brakes
Chapter 52: Disc Brakes
Chapter 53: Antilock Brake, Traction Control, and Stability Control Systems

Section 9: Passenger Comfort
Chapter 54: Heating and Air Conditioning
Chapter 55: Heating and Air-Conditioning Diagnosis and Service

Appendix A: Decimal and Metric Equivalents
Appendix B: General Torque Specifications
Index

New to this edition

  • Technology discussion has been updated throughout the book, particularly hybrid and electric cars.
  • Over 350 new and updated images.
  • Red Seal icon has been inserted to call out content that is part of the Red Seal Exam.
  • Book now includes a guide to MindTap videos and simulations. Over 100 new simulations coming in the MindTap in addition to the videos.
  • Sections 1&2 - We have added more coverage on the theory, diagnosis, and service to alloy engines and overhead camshaft engines.
  • Section 3 - Coverage of all the major electrical systems has been increased to include new technologies; this includes high-voltage systems, new exterior lighting systems, adaptive systems (such as cruise control), semi-autonomous and autonomous driving technologies, and many new accessories.
  • Section 4 – Engine performance has been updated from the introductory chapters to those that deal with overall engine performance testing. The layout represents the approach taken by most experienced technicians. It is hoped that students will be able to grasp a global look at these systems and can become better diagnosticians. The revision of the section covers the individual engine performance systems, their operation, and how to test them with current diagnostic equipment. Added emphasis on diagnostics is included in this revision.
  • Sections 5&6 – Complete coverage on the transmissions used in today’s hybrid vehicles has been added. There is a comprehensive look at torque vectoring systems, which are becoming more common on all types of vehicles.
  • Section 7 – Many topics have been updated with increased coverage on electronic controls and systems. This includes the new designs of shock absorbers and four-wheel steering systems.
  • Section 8 - The content in Chapters 54 and 55 includes hybrid systems, R-1234yf components and service, as well as future refrigerants.

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

eBook: Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach  (ISBN-10: 0176837809 | ISBN-13: 9780176837808)
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Student Supplements

eBook: Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach  (ISBN-10: 0176837809 | ISBN-13: 9780176837808)
MindTap Instant Access (12 Months/Multi Term) for Erjavec's Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach  (ISBN-10: 0176837671 | ISBN-13: 9780176837679)
MindTap Printed Access Card (12 Months/Multi Term) for Erjavec's Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach  (ISBN-10: 0176837701 | ISBN-13: 9780176837709)
MindTap Printed Access Card (48 Months/Multi Term) for Erjavec's Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach  (ISBN-10: 0176837728 | ISBN-13: 9780176837723)
MindTap Instant Access (48 Months/Multi Term) for Erjavec's Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach  (ISBN-10: 0176837698 | ISBN-13: 9780176837693)
Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach, Loose-Leaf Version  (ISBN-10: 0176837655 | ISBN-13: 9780176837655)
Value Pack: Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach, 4th Edition + MindTap Printed Access Card (12 Month/Multi Term)  (ISBN-10: 0176917594 | ISBN-13: 9780176917593)
Value Pack: Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach, 4th Edition + MindTap Printed Access Card (48 Month/Multi Term)  (ISBN-10: 0176917608 | ISBN-13: 9780176917609)
Value Pack: Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach, 4th Edition, Loose-Leaf Version + MindTap Printed Access Card (12 Months/Multi Term)  (ISBN-10: 0176871810 | ISBN-13: 9780176871819)