Computerized Engine Controls,
11th Edition

Steve V. Hatch

ISBN-13: 9780357358832
Copyright 2021 | Published
600 pages | List Price: USD $137.95

With thorough coverage of both fundamental electrical concepts and current automotive electronic systems, COMPUTERIZED ENGINE CONTROLS, Eleventh Edition, equips you with the essential knowledge you need to successfully diagnose and repair modern automotive systems. Reflecting the latest technological advances from the field, the Eleventh Edition offers updated and expanded coverage of diagnostic concepts, equipment, and approaches used by today’s professionals. All photos and illustrations are now printed in full, vibrant color, making it easier for today's visual learners to engage with the material and connect chapter concepts to real-world applications. Drawing on abundant, firsthand industry experience, the author provides in-depth insights into cutting-edge topics such as hybrid and fuel cell vehicles, automotive multiplexing systems, and advanced driver assist systems. In addition, key concepts are reinforced with ASE-style end-of-chapter questions to help prepare you for certification and career success.


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. Advanced Driver Assist Systems.
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.

  • 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.

  • The Eleventh Edition now includes access to a digital version of the text, available via the Delmar/Cengage MindTap® feature.

  • All photos and illustrations are now presented in full color, enhancing the visual appeal of the text and making it easier for today's learners to engage with the material and connect key concepts to real-world applications.

  • 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.

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