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Computerized Engine Controls, 10th Edition

  • Steve V. Hatch
  • ISBN-10: 1305497546
  • ISBN-13: 9781305497542
  • 688 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

Providing thorough coverage of both fundamental electrical concepts and current automotive electronic systems, COMPUTERIZED ENGINE CONTROLS, Tenth Edition, equips readers with the essential knowledge they need to successfully diagnose and repair modern automotive systems. Reflecting the latest technological advances from the field, the Tenth Edition offers updated and expanded coverage of diagnostic concepts, equipment, and approaches used by today’s professionals. The author also provides in-depth insights into cutting-edge topics such as hybrid and fuel cell vehicles, automotive multiplexing systems, and automotive electronic systems that interact with the engine control system. In addition, key concepts are reinforced with ASE-style end-of-chapter questions to help prepare readers for certification and career success.


  • The author presents information in a logical, highly effective way, introducing basic principles in early chapters, covering one concept at a time, and building on the reader’s growing knowledge by exploring increasingly advanced topics, resulting in an in-depth understanding of the complex systems found in modern vehicles.

  • A series of five chapters devoted to specific manufacturers explores in detail how the general concepts readers have mastered apply to systems found in General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Bosch, and Nissan/Toyota/Honda engine control systems, respectively.

  • Material in the generic chapters is presented in a way designed to help readers work effectively with a variety of manufacturer-specific systems. For example, a discussion of the three levels of tach reference information available to the PCM will enable readers to understand individual fuel management or spark management systems by using symptoms to narrow down a problem area when a signal is lost.

  • Each chapter concludes with ASE-style questions to allow readers to review and reinforce key concepts, as well as gaining familiarity with the types of questions they are likely to encounter both in certification testing and their professional careers.

About the Author

Steve V. Hatch

Steve V. Hatch is a professor at the Lincoln College of Technology (LCT), Denver Campus, formerly known as Denver Automotive and Diesel College (DADC). Active in the automotive field since 1972, he has worked as a technician in both aftermarket shops and dealerships. Professor Hatch began his teaching career in 1989, teaching evening classes while continuing to work as a drivability technician in a dealership. He began teaching full-time in August 1991 at DADC and has since worked as both an instructor and a curriculum developer for the college, as well as a training coordinator for Snap-on Technical Training. In 1994 he became part of Colorado’s Air Care retraining program, designed to increase professional technicians’ understanding of modern systems. Working in conjunction with Bridgestone, in 2002 Professor Hatch developed a national training program to increase the diagnostic effectiveness of lead technicians in stores throughout the U.S. These stores now include Firestone, Tires Plus, and Wheel Works. Professor Hatch is an ASE Master Certified Automotive Technician and is also ASE L1 and L3 Certified. He instructs both professional technicians and entry-level students on a continuing basis throughout the year.

Table of Contents

1. A Review of Electricity and Electronics.
2. Computers in Cars.
3. Common Components for Computerized Engine Control Systems.
4. Common Operating Principles for Computerized Engine Control Systems.
5. Introduction to Diagnostic Concepts and Diagnostic Equipment.
6. Exhaust Gas Analysis.
7. Understanding OBD II.
8. Automotive Multiplexing and Networking of Computers.
9. Hybrid and Electric Vehicles.
10. Modern Systems That Interact with the Engine Control System.
11. Approach to Diagnostics.
12. General Motors Computerized Engine Controls.
13. Ford Motor Company Computerized Engine Controls.
14. Chrysler Corporation Computerized Engine Controls.
15. European (Bosch) Computerized Engine Controls.
16. Asian Computerized Engine Control.

New to this edition

  • Features two major sections- the first covers generic information that applies to all brands of electronic engine control systems. This section has been significantly expanded for the Tenth edition and includes new material on wide band air/fuel ration sensors. The second section features content specific to individual manufacturers and has been updated to reflect training found in today’s market.
  • New chapter devoted to systems that are controlled by the engine computer or interact with it in some way—such as traction control systems, collision avoidance systems, adaptive cruise control systems, and stability systems—providing a thorough grounding in vital topics ranging from current safety systems to the use of automotive telematics.
  • The final generic chapter, which covers advanced topics relevant to diagnostic approaches, now includes two important new diagnostic concepts: using a current probe to determine whether the loss of a 5-volt reference signal is due to a computer problem or an external short to ground, and narrowing down a parasitic battery drain without removing and reinstalling fuses, in order to avoid resetting computer timers.
  • Condensed by combining key chapters to deliver more concise and effective coverage. A single chapter now addresses both diagnostic concepts and equipment, providing a comprehensive introduction to diagnostics in a more intuitive, accessible way. In addition, General Motors and Ford are now covered in two chapters rather than four, allowing all manufacturer-specific information to be presented in just five chapters, even while updating content for the current edition.
  • Many of the lab/job sheets available as an instructor resource have been updated based on current industry practices, and a new three-page job sheet guides the student or technician through a complete diagnostic procedure on a vehicle that has failed an emission test, such as an IM240, ASM, or OBD II test.


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

Instructor Supplements

Instructor’s Companion Web Site  (ISBN-10: 1305497996 | ISBN-13: 9781305497993)

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