Today's Technician: Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles Classroom Manual and Shop Manual,
8th Edition

Jack Erjavec, Ken Pickerill, Justin Blevins

ISBN-13: 9780357935033
Copyright 2025 | Published
1088 pages | List Price: USD $137.95

Erjavec/Pickerill/Blevins' TODAY'S TECHNICIAN: AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS AND TRANSAXLES CLASSROOM MANUAL AND SHOP MANUAL, 8th EDITION, includes practical, easy-to-understand coverage of topics aligned to the latest ASE Education Foundation standards for the MLR/AST/MAST program accreditation levels, including continuously variable transmissions (CVT), drivelines for front-wheel drive (FWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles, and the latest information on today's high-tech electronic controls and automatic shifting devices. The Classroom Manual provides coverage of every applicable ASE Education Foundation standard, while the Shop Manual includes Job Sheets to guide you through hands-on service and repair tasks. Written with the needs of current and aspiring technicians in mind, this text will help you master the design, construction, troubleshooting techniques and procedures necessary for success.


Classroom Manual.
1. Drive Train Basics.
2. Drive Train Theory.
3. General Theories of Operation.
4. Transmission Electronics.
5. Transmission Designs.
6. Torque Converters and Oil Pumps.
7. Hydraulic and Electronic Controls.
8. Gears and Shafts.
9. Reaction and Friction Units.
10. Common Automatic Transmissions.
Shop Manual.
1. Safety.
2. Special Tools and Procedures.
3. Diagnosis, Maintenance, and Basic Adjustments.
4. Electrical and Electronic System Diagnosis and Service.
5. Rebuilding Transmissions.
6. Torque Converter and Oil Pump Service.
7. General Hydraulic System Service.
8. Gear and Shaft Service.
9. Friction and Reaction Unit Service.
10. Rebuilding Common Transmissions.
Appendix A: ASE Practice Examination.
Appendix B: Automatic Transmission Special Tool Suppliers.
Appendix C: Metric Conversions.

  • Jack Erjavec

    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.

  • 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.

  • Justin Blevins

    Justin Blevins is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician (A1-A8) and has several other ASE certifications including Maintenance and Light Repair Technician (G1), and Medium/Heavy Truck Technician (T8, T6, & T5). He is an instructor at the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, Ohio. Mr. Blevins attended the University of Northwestern Ohio and earned his Associate of Applied Science degree in automotive/high performance technology as well as a diploma as an Alternate Fuels Technician. He has several years of automotive service experience at the retail level, as well as dealership experience. He has been an instructor at the University of Northwestern Ohio since 2012 and has a Bachelor of Science degree in specialized studies from UNOH as well.

  • The 8th Edition includes expanded coverage of the latest transmission models (as opposed to older four speed units). Information on many older and less relevant units has been reduced or removed. New transmissions are emphasized in the teardown and rebuilding section of the Shop Manual, offering valuable hands-on experience with models students are likely to encounter in their careers.

  • The authors have carefully reviewed and updated chapter objectives to ensure a close match with chapter content so students can focus their efforts with confidence. These objectives are conveniently located under the chapter headings.

  • End-of-chapter questions have been updated and added to build on updated content and objectives, and they follow chapter information exactly. These end-of-chapter questions have the answer, objective, heading and rationale listed. Instructors can access detailed rejoinder information through the free online supplement.

  • Author Notes, Service tips, and A Bit of History features -- previously broken out of the main text -- have been incorporated into the reading material for ease of understanding and added context.

  • Reading has been reviewed and rewritten to be more inclusive. Pronouns are more inclusive and ableist terms have been removed.

  • Each chapter ends with a Summary and Review Questions to help students gauge their mastery of the content and identify any areas where additional support is needed.

  • Extensive illustrations and step-by-step photo sequences are included for all major automatic transmission repair procedures and to help promote professional work practices.

  • The text includes numerous features to help students prepare for the ASE student certification test, including ASE-Style Review Questions and ASE Challenge Questions in the Shop Manual and an ASE Practice Text in the Appendix. In addition, the Instructor's Guide provides detailed rejoinder information on these questions.

  • Based on decades of industry experience, the authors have provided the most complete and up-to-date information on automatic transmission theory, diagnosis and repair available in a single source.

  • Job Sheets have been updated to align with the latest ASE Education Foundation tasks for the MLR, AST and MAST program accreditation levels. Located in the Shop Manual, the Job Sheets provide a detailed, step-by-step guide to common service procedures, allowing students to gain practical, hands-on experience.

  • To help students prepare for success on the job servicing today's advanced transmissions, the text includes coverage of hybrid vehicle transmission designs, the Lepelletier gear setup, power split units, multiple continuously variable transmission (CVT) designs and electronic control systems.

  • The text includes extensive information to help students master the rebuilding and design of most major transmissions from Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota and Nissan.

  • A comprehensive Spanish/English glossary and inclusion of J11930 terminology help students master key terms, concepts and skills they will need to succeed as professional technicians in today's industry.

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