Today's Technician: Basic Automotive Service & Systems Classroom Manual and Shop Manual,
6th Edition

Chris Hadfield, John Witthauer

ISBN-13: 9781337795661 | ISBN-10: 1337795666

Copyright 2021

| Published 2020

| 1008 pages

List Price USD $109.95


This trusted text provides a comprehensive, accessible overview of automotive systems to prepare you for all aspects of work in the field. BASIC AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE & SYSTEMS, Sixth Edition, includes a Classroom Manual that explores the operational theory behind each automotive system, and a Shop Manual covering relevant diagnostic, testing, and repair procedures. Updated to align with Task Lists for the latest ASE Education Foundation requirements, the Sixth Edition covers emerging technologies such as hybrid vehicles and electronic engine controls, as well as current information on the global automotive industry and the role you can play within it as a professional technician. The authors assume no prior knowledge of automotive technology, so these clear and engaging resources provide an ideal introduction to both fundamental theory and its real-world applications in specific skills and maintenance procedures, preparing you for success in today’s fast-paced, competitive work environment.

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Meet the Authors

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Christopher Hadfield is director the Minnesota Transportation Center of Excellence. Previous to this appointment, he was dean of career and technical education in Brainerd, Minnesota, capping a decade of experience as an automotive technology instructor at secondary and post-secondary schools, including stints as department chair and program coordinator.

John Witthauer began his journey with Automotive by receiving his degree in Automotive Technology from Dunwoody College of Technology and studying computer science at the University of North Dakota. Before John’s current position as an Automotive Technology Instructor at Northeast Metro 916 Career and Technical Center he served as an Automotive Instructor and Career Specialist at Goodwill Easter Seals Automotive Training Program, he also served as an Automotive Technology Instructor at a post-secondary college for over 10 years. Within this role, John partnered with the Adult Basic Education program (ABE) and dedicated his skills to the creation and development of the Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) program. In addition, John continued his love of teaching for General Motor’s (ASEP) Program, as well as the Customized Training and Continuing Education Program. Previous to teaching, John started his automotive career working for service stations and independent repair shops which grew into over 30 years’ experience as an ASE Master Certified Automotive Technician. By maintaining these credentials, John had the opportunity to work for several large GM dealerships. In addition to being ASE Master Certified and ASE L1 Advanced Certified, John has also earned the title of National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation’s (NATEF) On-Site Evaluation Team Leader (ETL), for college and high school program accreditation. Using his technical knowledge, MLR teaching experience, and passion to serve, John Witthauer brings a fresh perspective to the growing needs of the automotive industry.

  • To make the text engaging for today's learners and accessible for readers with no industry knowledge, the authors have eliminated technical content that is not necessary for entry-level technicians to master.
  • Chapters have been organized to make teaching and learning easier, with a flexible structure that allows instructors to customize their approach to fit a specific curriculum or teaching style.
  • A new chapter focuses on vehicle safety inspections and their importance to both customers and repair facilities.
  • The authors have revised the text to modernize language and make explanations of automotive terms easy to understand for new learners.
  • Content has been updated to align with latest ASE Education Foundation requirements, correlating to Task Lists and learning objectives for the Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) accreditation level.
  • The Sixth Edition features new photos and updated photo sequences, reflecting current industry technology, tools, and practices.
  • A full color design with new photographs and updated line art makes visualizing processes and procedures easier.
  • The text features current coverage of hybrid vehicles and emerging technologies, along with information on electronic engine controls, providing helpful exposure to new and emerging technologies readers are likely to encounter on the job.
  • Technical and task-focused information in the text is easy to apply in the shop and on the job, making it easy for readers to transition from the classroom to professional employment.
  • A full-color design with vibrant photographs and detailed illustrations makes it easier to visualize key processes and procedures, as well as making concepts easier to master for visual learners.
  • Extensive coverage of vehicle computers includes a detailed description of signals, actuators, sensors, and other computer system components technicians need to understand when servicing modern vehicles.

Table of Contents

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Classroom Manual.
1. Introduction to the Automotive Industry.
2. Introduction to the Automobile.
3. Automotive Tools and Equipment.
4. Fasteners and Measurements.
5. Electrical and Electronic Systems.
6. Accessory Lighting and Electrical Systems
7. Engine Systems.
8. Transmission and Drivetrain Systems.
9. Steering and Suspension Systems.
10. Brakes Systems
11. Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems.
12. Engine Theories and Performance Systems.

Shop Manual
1. Automotive Shop and Safety Procedures.
2. Working in the Automotive Industry.
3. Using Automotive Tools and Equipment.
4. Using Fasteners and Measuring Equipment.
5. Electrical and Electronic System Inspection, Maintenance, and Service.
6. Accessory Lighting and Electrical Systems Inspections, Maintenance, and Testing.
7. Engine System Inspection and Maintenance.
8. Transmission and Drivetrain Systems Inspection, Maintenance, and Service.
9. Steering and Suspension Systems Inspection, Maintenance, and Service.
10. Brakes Systems Inspection, Maintenance, and Service.
11. Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems Inspection, Maintenance, and Service.
12. Engine Performance Systems Inspection, Maintenance, and Service.

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