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Automotive Engines: Diagnosis, Repair, Rebuilding, 6th Edition

  • Tim Gilles
  • ISBN-10: 1435486412
  • ISBN-13: 9781435486416
  • 720 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2002, 1996
  • COPYRIGHT: 2011 Published
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About the Product

AUTOMOTIVE ENGINES: DIAGNOSIS, REPAIR, REBUILDING 6E provides updated, accurate, and comprehensive information on what is needed to diagnose, repair, and rebuild automotive engines. This book will build readers' technical expertise and critical thinking skills, while also providing them with information on current industry trends and concerns. This revised edition includes an enhanced chapter on engine diagnosis and updated information on four-valve-per-cylinder engines, camshaft timing, variable valve timing, and high performance engines. Hundreds of new and updated photos and sketches bring this new edition to life.


  • Includes updated information on engine cooling and lubrication systems, with a focus on maintenance for longer-lasting vehicles.

  • Includes new content on the repair of high performance sport compact cars, hot rodding, and vehicle restoration, reflecting the evolution of the design and engineering of automotive engines.

  • Adds new case histories that draw attention to real-world situations and provide more critical thinking practice.

  • Discusses repair techniques that are universal to all engines, preparing readers for careers in independent repair shops, parts and machine shops, and dealerships.

  • Includes ASE-style engine machinist practice tests and explanations in the back of the book that will help readers to effectively prepare for the ASE Certification Exam.

About the Author

Tim Gilles

An automotive teacher for 38 years, Tim Gilles is professor emeritus in the Automotive Technology Department at Santa Barbara City College, has authored or coauthored several textbooks, and has been active in professional associations for many years. He has served as president and a board member of the California Automotive Teachers (CAT), a board member and election committee chair of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT), a member of the California Community College Chancellor's Trade and Industry Advisory Committee, and Education Committee chair for the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Independent Automotive Professionals Association. Mr. Gilles has also served several terms as a board member of the Santa Barbara Automotive Service Council and is active in industry associations such as AERA, The Automotive Repair Coalition, and IATN, including presenting at numerous conferences. Mr. Gilles has held the industry certifications of ASE Master Automotive Technician and ASE Master Engine Machinist.

Table of Contents

1. Engine Operation.
Simple Engine. Four-Stroke Engine Operation. Cylinder Arrangement. Valve Train. Cylinder Block. Front-Wheel Drive. Engine Classifications. Combustion Chamber Designs. Firing Order. Types of Cooling Systems. Ignition Types. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.
2. Engine Shop Safety.
General Shop Health and Safety. Hazardous Materials. Safety Test.
3. Diagnosing Engine Problems.
Diagnosing Problems Before an Overhaul. Oil Consumption. Fuel Mixture Problems. Compression Loss. Engine Noises. Oil Pressure Problems. Cooling System Problems. Electronic Failures/Engine Damage. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.
4. Engine Removal, Disassembly, Inspection, and In-Chassis Repairs.
Shop Manuals. Engine Removal. Engine Disassembly. Ordering Parts. Major Engine Repair - Engine in the Vehicle. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.
5. Cleaning the Engine.
Cleaning Methods. Cleaning the Inside of the Engine. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.
6. Measuring.
Metric System. Measuring Tools. Precision Measuring Tools. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.
7. Cylinder Head: Parts and Service.
Head Disassembly. Carbon Removal. Crack Inspection. Crack Repair. Valve Guide Inspection. Valve Guide Repair. Valve Guide Seals. Resurfacing Heads. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.
8. Cylinder Head: Springs, Valves, and Valve Seats.
Valve Springs. Push Rods. Rocker Arms. Valves and Valve Service. Valve Seats and Service. Reassembling the Head. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.
9. Camshafts, Lifters, Timing Belts and Chains.
Camshaft. Hydraulic Lifters and Lash Adjusters. Hydraulic Lifter Operation. Roller Cam and Lifters. Cam Drives. Timing Drive Maintenance. Timing the Cam to the Crank. Timing Belts. Timing Belt Replacement. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.
10. Engine Power Development: Manifolds, Superchargers, and Camshaft Performance.
Intake and Exhaust Manifolds. Turbochargers and Superchargers. Camshaft and Engine Performance. Camshaft Timing. Camshaft Phasing, Lobe Centers and Lobe Spread. Multiple Valve Heads. Variable Valve Timing. Power and Torque. Measuring Torque and Horsepower. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.
11. Cylinder Block - Inspection and Service.
Cleaning the Block. Oil and Water Plugs. Main Bearing Caps. Main Bearing Bore Alignment. Decking the Block. Inspecting Cylinder Bores. Deglazing Cylinders. Reboring Cylinders. Honing Cylinders to Size. Chamfering the Cylinder. Cylinder Sleeves. Lifter Bores. Final Block Preparation. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.
12. Crankshaft, Bearings, and Engine Balancing.
Crankshaft Design. Crank End Thrust. Checking Crank Condition. Bearing Inserts. Engine Balancing. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.
13. Piston, Rings, and Connecting Rod.
Pistons. Piston Rings. Connecting Rods. Wrist Pins. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.
14. Lubrication System.
The Lubrication System. Oil. Oil Pumps. Priming the System. Oil Filters. Filter Bypass System. Crankcase Ventilation. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.
15. Cooling System.
The Cooling System. Cooling System Circulation. Water Pump. Belts. Thermostat. Thermostat Bypass. Radiators. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.
16. Engine Hardware: Fasteners, Thread Repair, and Gaskets.
Characteristics of Fasteners. Bolt Stretch. Torque and Friction. Bolt Failures. Drill Bits. Taps and Threads. Repairing Broken Fasteners. Flared Lines. Gaskets. Gasket Sealer. Seals. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.
17. Reassembly and Starting.
Warranty. Reassembly. Completion of Assembly. Engine Installation. Engine Starting and Initial Break-in of the Camshaft. Final Inspection and Cleaning. Study Questions. ASE-Style Review Questions.

New to this edition

  • Includes Instructor Resource Materials that contain an extensive collection of lab sheets in electronic Microsoft Word format that address NATEF Standards and which can be easily customized to suit the needs of the instructor. Also included are lesson plans that can be used as a starting point for teachers new to the engine rebuilding area and a supplemental practice test bank.
  • New illustrations and photos of unusual wear and failed parts to help students understand how to correct problems so they do not recur.
  • Updated information on repairing and restoring high performance sport compact cars, including vintage racing cars.
  • Updated information on the ever-changing areas of cooling and lubrication.
  • Includes the following additional updates: separation of interesting but dated material from the rest of the information on Vintage Engines; inclusion of real-world case histories that provide critical thinking practice; addition of new shop tips; addition of generic engine machining tips from experienced machinists.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Intructor Resources  (ISBN-10: 143548648X | ISBN-13: 9781435486485)

Instructor Resources Technical Assistance serves as an instructional resource and provides teaching tips or guidelines, essay questions, answers to review and test questions, key objectives, glossary, appendices, and exercises for content reinforcement.