Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach,
7th Edition

Jack Erjavec, Rob Thompson

ISBN-13: 9781337794213 | ISBN-10: 133779421x

Copyright 2020

| Published 2019

| 1728 pages

List Price USD $174.95


AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY: A SYSTEMS APPROACH provides comprehensive coverage with updates to address the latest ASE Education Foundation requirements for Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR), Automotive Service Technology (AST), and Master Service Technology (MAST) program accreditation levels. Thoroughly revised to provide accurate, current information on the latest technology, industry trends, and state-of-the-art tools and techniques, the Seventh Edition is an essential resource for building career ready students who want to succeed in the dynamic, rapidly evolving field of automotive service and repair.

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Meet the Authors

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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 he 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 The Ohio State University, and he spent 20 years at Columbus State Community College as an instructor and administrator. A long-time affiliate of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT), 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. 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.

  • The Seventh Edition features dozens of new photos and illustrations, providing current visual references to help students connect chapter material to real-world scenarios.
  • Updated for the Seventh Edition, each technical chapter includes a Three C’s feature presenting a real-world diagnostic scenario to engage students' interest while demonstrating how concepts and procedures are applied to actual automotive problems.
  • The authors have added new content on tire pressure monitoring, autonomous vehicles, and the new air conditioning refrigerant R-1234yf, giving students valuable exposure to these important innovations.
  • Extensive questions conclude each chapter to reinforce key concepts, enable students to assess their understanding, and help them prepare effectively for ASE Student Certification.
  • The text provides a uniquely thorough, detailed guide to essential automotive topics, including all of the basic areas outlined by ASE, such as engine repair, automatic transmissions, manual transmissions and transaxles, suspension and steering, brakes, electricity and electronics, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.
  • An early chapter on automotive systems covers the basic ASE Education Foundation task lists for program accreditation that apply to all systems, providing a wide-ranging overview of essential concepts that today's automotive technicians need to master.
  • An extensive suite of instructor resources is available to reinforce teaching and learning, including chapter presentations in PowerPoint with videos and animations, electronic test banks, ASE Education Foundation task correlations, an Image Library of all chapter figures, and more.
  • The text provides a uniquely thorough, detailed guide to essential automotive topics, including all of the basic topics included in the ASE Automobile and Light Truck Certification Test series, such as engine repair, automatic transmissions, manual transmissions and transaxles, suspension and steering, brakes, electricity and electronics, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.

Table of Contents

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1. Careers in the Automotive Industry.
2. Workplace Skills.
3. Basic Theories and Math.
4. Automotive Systems.
5. Hand Tools and Shop Equipment.
6. Diagnostic Equipment and Special Tools.
7. Working Safely in the Shop.
8. Preventative Maintenance and Basic Services.
9. Automotive Engine Designs and Diagnosis.
10. Engine Disassembly and Cleaning.
11. Lower-End Theory and Service.
12. Upper-End Theory and Service.
13. Engine Sealing and Reassembly.
14. Lubricating and Cooling Systems.
15. Basics of Electrical Systems.
16. General Electrical System Diagnostics and Service.
17. Batteries: Theory, Diagnosis, and Service.
18. Starting and Motor Systems.
19. Charging Systems.
20. Lighting Systems.
21. Instrumentation and Information Displays.
22. Basics of Electronics and Computer Systems.
23. Electrical Accessories.
24. Engine Performance Systems.
25. Detailed Diagnosis and Sensors.
26. Ignition Systems.
27. Ignition System Diagnosis and Service.
28. Gasoline, Diesel and Other Fuels.
29. Fuel Delivery Systems.
30. Electronic Fuel Injection.
31. Fuel Injection Diagnosis and Service.
32. Intake and Exhaust Systems.
33. Emission Control Systems.
34. Emission Control Diagnosis and Service.
35. Hybrid Vehicles.
36. Electric Vehicles.
37. Clutches.
38. Manual Transmissions and Transaxles.
39. Manual Transmission and Transaxle Service.
40. Drive Axles and Differentials.
41. Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles.
42. Electronic Automatic Transmissions.
43. Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Service.
44. Four- and All-Wheel Drive.
45. Tires and Wheels.
46. Suspension Systems.
47. Steering Systems.
48. Restraint Systems: Theory, Diagnosis, and Service.
49. Wheel Alignment.
50. Brake Systems.
51. Drum Brakes.
52. Disc Brakes.
53. Antilock Brake, Traction Control, and Stability Control Systems.
54. Heating and Air Conditioning.
55. Heating and Air Conditioning Diagnosis and Service.

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