Today's Technician: Automotive Brake Systems, Classroom Manual and Shop Manual,
8th Edition

Ken Pickerill

ISBN-13: 9780357766118
Copyright 2025 | Not Yet Published (2024-06-03)
720 pages | List Price: USD $137.95

Pickerill/Godson's TODAY'S TECHNICIAN: AUTOMOTIVE BRAKE SYSTEMS, CLASSROOM AND SHOP MANUAL, 8th Edition, includes everything you need to understand, diagnose and repair today's brake systems and prepare for ASE certification and career success as an automotive technician. Using thorough coverage, accurate, up-to-date details and illustrations, the text offers a two-volume approach, allowing for easy and coherent delivery in classroom and shop environments. Volume one, Classroom Manual, covers the theory and application of the total brake system, subsystem and components. Volume two, Shop Manual, explores symptoms, diagnostics and repairs and is ideal for use as a reference on the job. The 8th edition aligns with the ASE Education Foundation 2022 accreditation model and features job sheets correlated to specific MLR, AST and MAST tasks that can be adapted to any vehicle fleet.


1. Brake System Fundamentals.
2. Principles and Theories of Operation.
3. Related Systems: Tire, Wheels, Bearings, and Suspensions.
4. Master Cylinder and Brake Fluid.
5. Hydraulic Lines, Valves, and Switches.
6. Power Brake Systems.
7. Disc Brakes.
8. Drum Brakes.
9. Parking Brakes.
10. Electrical Braking Systems.
11. Advanced Braking Systems
1. Brake Safety.
2. Brake Service Tools and Equipment.
3. Related System Service.
4. Master Cylinder and Brake Fluid Service.
5. Hydraulic Line, Valve, and Switch Service.
6. Power Brake Service.
7. Disc Brake Service.
8. Drum Brake Service.
9. Parking Brake Service.
10. Electrical Braking Systems Service.
11. Advanced Braking Systems Service.

  • Ken Pickerill

    Ken Pickerill is a Certified Master Automotive Technician (with ASE Area L1 and X1) and an instructor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Mr. Pickerill was a technician for 22 years before entering the training field, and he has more than 40 years of technical and teaching experience. He received his M.S. degree in career and technical education from Indiana State University.

  • Content in both volumes has been updated to align with the ASE Education Foundation 2022 accreditation model and the 8th edition includes new job sheets related to specific MLR, AST and MAST tasks. Additionally, the text can serve as an up-to-date reference for today's technicians.

  • The text features expanded coverage of many new, emerging and evolving technologies important for today’s students and professionals to understand, including hybrid vehicles, brake by wire and electric brakes.

  • The author has revised or replaced most end-of-chapter questions and added rejoinders to the Instructor's Companion site, ensuring that these important features are accurate, up-to-date and effective for today’s learners. These end-of-chapter questions have been aligned to headings and objectives in the text to allow consistent mapping of learning assets for incorporation into Mindtap.

  • Wherever appropriate, illustrations and other visual elements have been added, updated or improved to better complement chapter content and help students master and apply what they learn.

  • Job sheet format and content has been updated to reflect current ASE Education Foundation standards. These sheets are easily modified for use with a variety of vehicles. Additionally, activities include instructor check and comment boxes for efficient assessment.

  • A unique two-volume format allows for comprehensive coverage with maximum instructional convenience, dividing content between a Classroom Manual to instill basic knowledge of how systems work, and a Shop Manual to help students hone their practical skills through hands-on application.

  • Detailed information on increasingly common technology such as ABS within a vehicle stability system prepares students for a seamless and successful transition from the classroom to the professional repair shop.

  • Full-color drawings, photos and schematics show modern brake technology and applications in accurate detail, bringing chapter material to life and making even complex concepts and procedures easier to understand and apply.

  • Step-by-step photo sequences in the Shop Manual illustrate important shop procedures in a clear, sequential and general way to help students master essential skills quickly and confidently.

  • Drawing on decades of experience as a professional technician, teacher and trainer, the author communicates using a clear, engaging writing style that makes the material accessible for readers of all backgrounds and learning styles.

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