Advanced Engine Performance Diagnosis

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-02-13
  • Publisher: Pearson
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What is included with this book?


Advanced Engine Performance Diagnosis, 6/e combines topics in engine performance (ASE A8 content area) and topics covered in the advanced engine performance (L1) ASE test content area into one practical, comprehensive textbook, making it easier for the instructor to teach these topics, while remaining cost effective for the student. A hands-on introduction to 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 more, all presented in a technical, but easy-to-read and understand presentation. The book is formatted to appeal to today's technical trade students, and the author uses helpful tips and visuals to bring concepts to life and guide students through the procedures they'll use on the job.


To keep your course current, all of the content is correlated to the latest NATEF tasks and ASE areas; all of the chapters are updated with the latest technology; and new chapters are included on immobilizer and anti-theft system operation and diagnosis, variable valve timing systems, and automatic transmission electronic controls. Two new appendixes include a sample ASE certification test and NATEF correlation chart.


This book is part of the Pearson Automotive Professional Technician Series, which features full-color, media-integrated solutions for today’s students and instructors covering all eight areas of ASE certification, plus additional titles covering common courses. Peer reviewed for technical accuracy, the series and the books in it represent the future of automotive textbooks.


Author Biography

Jim Halderman brings a world of experience, knowledge, and talent to his work. His automotive service experience includes working as a flat-rate technician, a business owner, and a professor of automotive technology at a leading U.S. community college for more than 20 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio Northern University and a Master’s degree in Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Jim also holds a U.S. Patent for an electronic transmission control device. He is an ASE certified Master Automotive Technician and is also Advanced Engine Performance (L1) ASE certified. Jim is the author of many automotive textbooks, all published by Pearson Education. Jim has presented numerous technical seminars to national audiences, including the California Automotive Teachers (CAT) and the Illinois College Automotive Instructor Association (ICAIA). He is also a member and presenter at the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT). Jim was also named Regional Teacher of the Year by General Motors Corporation and outstanding alumni of Ohio Northern University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

The Diagnostic Process

Chapter 2

Engine Systems


Chapter 3

Variable Valve Timing Systems

Chapter 4

Engine and

Misfire Diagnosis

Chapter 5

In-Vehicle Engine Service


Chapter 6

Gasoline, Alternative Fuels and Diesel Fuels

Chapter 7

Circuit Testers and Digital Meters

Chapter 8

Oscilloscopes and

Graphing Multimeters

Chapter 9

CAN and Network Communications

Chapter 10

On-Board Diagnosis

Chapter 11

Global OBD II and Mode $06

Chapter 12

Immobilizer System

Chapter 13

Ignition System Operation

Chapter 14

Ignition System Diagnosis

Chapter 15

Temperature Sensors

Chapter 16

Throttle Position (TP) Sensors

Chapter 17

MAP/BARO Sensors

Chapter 18

Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensors

Chapter 19

Oxygen Sensors

Chapter 20

Wide-Band Oxygen Sensors

Chapter 21

Fuel Trim Diagnosis

Chapter 22

Fuel Pumps, Lines, and Filters

Chapter 23

Fuel Injection Components and Operation

Chapter 24

Gasoline Direct Injection Systems

Chapter 25

Electronic Throttle Control Systems

Chapter 26

Fuel Injection System Diagnosis and Service

Chapter 27

Electronic Transmission Controls

Chapter 28

Vehicle Emission Standards and Testing

Chapter 29

Emission Control System Devices, Operation, and Diagnosis

Chapter 30

Symptom-Based Diagnosis

Appendix 1

Sample L1 Test

Appendix 2

NATEF correlation chart


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