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Automotive Electricity & Electronics, 2nd Edition

  • Al Santini
  • ISBN-10: 1428399615
  • ISBN-13: 9781428399617
  • 544 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2004
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

Today's automotive technicians need a thorough understanding of electrical principles and electronic systems to service modern vehicles. With Automotive Electricity and Electronics, students can explore how automotive electronics work, the role they play in a vehicle's normal operation, how and why technicians use test instruments, and common diagnosis and repair procedures. The text provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals of electricity and electronics, giving students the foundation they need to master advanced topics such as batteries, starting and charging systems, ignitions, and electrical accessories. Practical testing procedures are covered as well, including the use of both common shop tools and highly technical equipment. The text also includes up-to-date coverage of current systems, tools, and J1930 terminology. A new hands-on Study Guide/Lab manual is available to help students apply what they learn and prepare for career success.


  • Each section includes a series of objectives related to ASE Education Foundation standards to help students and instructors to meet certification requirements.

  • The text includes thorough coverage of vehicle systems and test equipment, including digital storage oscilloscopes and current probe use.

  • Detailed coverage of computer controls and the equipment used to test them enables students to build confidence and expertise with these critical components of modern vehicles.

  • Review questions to conclude each chapter—including many patterned after the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams students may eventually take—help students assess their learning and identify topics for additional review.

About the Author

Al Santini

Al Santini has over 35 years of experience teaching automotive electronics, including 22 years as an instructor at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Mr. Santini currently teaches technician classes on vehicle emissions, including OBD-II. In addition to holding a master's degree in technical education and ASE certification, he is an active member of the Society of Automotive Testers (SAT), the Illinois College Automotive Instructor's Association (ICAIA) and the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT), where he has been a member for 28 years.

Table of Contents

1. Safe working practices.
2. Working as an electricity/electronics technician.
3. Voltage, current and resistance.
4. Circuits.
5. Voltmeters.
6. Ammeters.
7. Ohmmeter.
8. Circuits that do work.
9. Analyzing series circuits.
10. Analyzing parallel circuits.
11. Series – parallel circuits.
12. Control circuits.
13. Diagnosing open circuits.
14. Diagnosing short circuits.
15. Servicing open and short circuits.
16. Digital storage oscilloscopes.
17. DSO trigger and slope.
18. Reading and interpreting a DSO pattern.
19. Using a current probe with a DSO.
20. Using the DSO's multiple trace capability.
21. Solid state devices.
22. Electronic control input devices.
23. Diagnosing and servicing electronic control input devices.
24. Integrated circuits as input devices.
25. Diagnosing and servicing IC's.
26. Oxygen sensors.
27. Diagnosing and servicing oxygen sensors.
28. Wiring diagram symbols.
29. Using the wiring diagram as a service tool.
30. Automotive batteries.
31. Diagnosing batteries.
32. Servicing batteries.
33. Starting system.
34. Solenoid shift starters.
35. Diagnosing and servicing solenoid shift starting systems.
36. Gear reduction starters.
37. Diagnosing gear reduction starters.
38. Starter controls.
39. Diagnosing starting controls.
40. Starting system servicing.
41. Charging system overview.
42. Field circuits.
43. Diagnosing and servicing the charging system.
44. Secondary ignition systems.
45. Servicing the secondary ignition system.
46. Primary ignition system.
47. Diagnosing and servicing the primary ignition systems.
48. Distributorless ignition circuits.
49. Diagnosing and servicing the secondary ignition system on a distributorless vehicle.
50. Distributorless primary ignition systems.
51. Diagnosing and servicing the primary circuit on a distributorless ignition system.
52. Coil on plug ignition systems.
53. Diagnosing and servicing the coil on plug ignition system.
54. Lighting circuits.
55. Diagnosing lighting circuits.
56. Defogger, horn and windshield wiper circuits.
57. Diagnosing horn and windshield wiper circuits.
58. Motor driven accessories.
59. Diagnosing motor driven accessories.

New to this edition

  • The Second Edition includes extensive updates to eliminate dated material and keep pace with ongoing innovations in automotive electronics, giving students an up-to-date knowledge of the systems and tools they may encounter on the job.
  • New chapters on ignitions cover the diagnosis and repair of coil on plug systems, offering useful information and practical guidance students can apply in servicing modern vehicles.
  • Additional battery testing information expands coverage of this essential topic.
  • New task-oriented job sheets, included in the Study Guide/Lab Manual, make it easy for students to transition from text-based learning to hands-on application, giving them an invaluable opportunity to hone critical skills in the lab or shop.
  • New electronic resources offer simple, effective ways to enhance teaching and expand learning, including an extensive library of images for use in the classroom, highly visual presentation slides, and Computerized Test Bank.


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

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor Resources  (ISBN-10: 142839964X | ISBN-13: 9781428399648)

Log on to the password-protected Instructor Companion Site for Automotive Electricity and Electronics, 2e to access a wide range of resources such as an electronic version of the instructor’s manual, solutions manual, PowerPoint® slides, extra test questions, and more at

Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1428399623 | ISBN-13: 9781428399624)

The Workbook for Automotive Electricity & Electronics, 2e is designed to reinforce the material in the core text by offering students additional questions, activities and shop procedures.

Student Supplements

Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1428399623 | ISBN-13: 9781428399624)

The Workbook for Automotive Electricity & Electronics, 2e is designed to reinforce the material in the core text by offering students additional questions, activities and shop procedures.