Today's Technician,
7th Edition

Jack Erjavec, Michael Ronan

ISBN-13: 9781337795456
Copyright 2020 | Published
928 pages | List Price: USD $137.95

Gear up for success—in the classroom and shop, in your future career — with TODAY'S TECHNICIAN: MANUAL TRANSMISSIONS & TRANSAXLES, Seventh Edition. This proven, practical guide includes easy-to-understand information on a wide range of must-know topics, including transmission system and subsystem components, shop safety basics, dual-clutch systems, limited-slip differential designs, all-wheel drive systems, and six-speed transmissions. To help you master both essential theory and practical job skills, the text includes a Classroom Manual reviewing every topic for Manual Drive Train and Axles , plus a hands-on Shop Manual with full-color photo sequences and detailed job sheets, so you’ll know exactly what to expect with performing service and repair tasks based on the latest MLR, AST, and MAST task lists.


1. Manual Drive Trains and Axles.
2. Drivetrain Theory.
3. Clutches.
4. Manual Transmissions/Transaxles.
5. Front Drive Axles.
6. Drive Shafts and Universal Joints.
7. Differentials and Drive Axles.
8. Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) Systems.
9. Advanced Four-Wheel-Drive Systems.
10. Drivetrain Electrical and Electronic Systems.
11. Electronically Controlled and Automated Transmissions.

1. Safety.
2. Special Tools and Procedures.
3. Servicing Clutches.
4. Servicing Transmissions/Transaxles.
5. Servicing Front Drive Axles.
6. Servicing Drive Shafts and Universal Joints.
7. Servicing Differentials and Drive Axles.
8. Servicing Four-Wheel Drive Systems.
9. Diagnosing 4WD and AWD Control Systems.
10. Servicing Drivetrain Electrical Systems.
11. Diagnosing Advanced Electronic Systems.

  • 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.

  • Michael Ronan

    Michael Ronan has taught automotive drive train courses in the Alfred State College Automotive Department for thirty years. He arrived at the college after working as a Rolls Royce technician and owning a transmission shop. A member of the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association for 28 years, he has been a testing proctor for that organization during that entire period. Ronan holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Fredonia and has attended hundreds of hours of manufacturer and industry training. He has served the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) for 15 years as a subject matter expert in the development of both the A2 Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles and the A3 Manual Drive Train & Axles certification tests. He currently serves on the NATEF team reinventing the ASE recertification process. Ronan has also served as an automotive textbook and online resource reviewer on many projects, and he continues to work as a drive train specialist in summer months.

  • Strong references to relearning and reprogramming techniques make it easier for instructors to teach the latest technologies, including updating modules used for electronic clutch, transmission, and transfer case control.

  • Enhanced sections on electronically controlled dual-clutch transmissions and transaxles help prepare students to service and repair these complex and increasingly commonplace units with confidence.

  • New and updated photo sequences of transmission and transaxle disassembly and assembly give students a clear understanding of what to expect when performing similar procedures in the lab and on the job.

  • Expanded sections on new-technology differentials expose students to the wide variety of final drive components found in this increasingly complex component.

  • New material on electronically controlled all-wheel drive systems and their relationship to stability control and other management systems provides students with a useful understanding of the connected systems found in today’s automobiles.

  • The Classroom Manual combines thorough coverage and abundant, relevant illustrations to bring fundamental theory and key concepts to life.

  • Practical service procedures and real-life examples of common repair situations are based on ASE Education Foundation tasks to prepare students for effective on-the-job performance. Striking full-color photographs illustrate actual repairs so students know what to expect when performing a procedure on the job.

  • The authors' engaging writing style and easy-to-understand presentation make even complex technical concepts easier for students to master.

  • A full-color design, extensive photo series, and other visual material help clarify important concepts and provide students with useful real-world references for hands-on procedures.

  • Content in the Shop Manual and Classroom Manual is clearly cross-referenced, making it easy for students to use either or both volumes to access all relevant information on a given topic.

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