Advanced Engine Performance Diagnosis

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-10-10
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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For courses in Engine Performance and Drivability, Computerized Engine Controls, Automotive Computers, and Automotive Fuel Emissionsin automotive departments of vocational and trade schools as well as community colleges. Based on the premise that simple problems should always be checked first, this practical, hands-on book introduces the diagnosis and troubleshooting of automotive engine control systems. It serves students as a single source for information on digital storage oscilloscopes, fuel injection and ignition system diagnoses, five-gas exhaust analysis, emission testing, and morewith a very technical but easy-to-read and understand presentation. This edition has been updated to include even more detailed scope (DSO) and current ramping tests plus extensive scan tool diagnosis

Author Biography

James D. Halderman


Jim Halderman brings a world of experience to his writing.  He has been a professional service technician, business owner and a professor at a nationally known college for over 20 years.  Jim has a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University and a Masters in Education from Miami University (Ohio) and is an ASE Certified Master Technician plus L1 and Alternative Fuel.  Jim has written many automotive textbooks published by Pearson - Prentice Hall Publishing Company and is the Chek-Chart automotive textbook series editor.  Jim also writes a weekly newspaper column titled “Straight Talk” for the Dayton Daily News in Dayton Ohio and is the holder of a U.S. patent (5,505,284) for an electronic transmission control device.  He was named outstanding alumni from Ohio Northern University and outstanding regional instructor by General Motors Corporation.


Jim is also a member (member grade) of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) as well as the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) and has given technical presentations for many years at California Automotive Teachers (CAT), Illinois College Automotive Instructor Association (ICAIA) and national conferences.

Table of Contents

The Diagnostic Process
Diagnostic Trouble Code Retrieval and TSBs
Network communications systems and protocols
Scan tools Data analysis
Generic OBD II and Mode 6
Digital meters and meter usage
Scopes and current ramping
Advanced Starting and Charging Systems Diagnosis
Ignition System Components and Operation
Ignition System Diagnosis and Service
Gasoline and Alternative Fuels
Temperature Sensors Diagnosis
Throttle Position sensor diagnosis
MAP Sensors Diagnosis
MAF sensor Diagnosis
Oxygen Sensor Diagnosis
Fuel trim Diagnosis
Fuel Delivery System Diagnosis
Fuel-Injection System Diagnosis and Service
EVAP System Diagnosis
EGR System Diagnosis
PCV and SAI system Diagnosis
Exhaust Emission Testing
Engine Condition Diagnosis
Symptom-Based Diagnosis
Sample ASE Engine Performance (A8) Certification Test
Sample ASE Advanced Level (L1) Engine Performance Certification Test
Engine Performance (A8) ASE Certification Test Correlation Chart
Engine Performance (A8) NATEF Certification Test Correlation Chart
English Glossary
Spanish Glossary
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