Automotive Electrical and Engine Performance

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2015-02-13
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?


Prepare tomorrow’s automotive professionals for success.

Automotive Electrical and Engine Performance covers content and topics specified for both Electrical/Electronic System (A6) and Engine Performance (A8) by ASE/NATEF, as well as the practical skills that technicians must master to be successful in the industry. Tomorrow’s automotive professionals get a firm background in the principles and practices of diagnosing and troubleshooting automotive electrical, electronic, and computer systems in a clear, concise format at a level of detail that far exceeds most other texts in the area. Formatted to appeal to today's technical trade students—and ideal as a reference and resource for today’s automotive technicians—Halderman’s text uses helpful tips and visuals to bring concepts to life and guide readers through actual, on-the-job procedures.


To ensure that readers are current, all of the content has been updated to correlate to the latest NATEF tasks and ASE areas; many new full-color line drawings and photos have been added; a new chapter covers gasoline direct injection (GDI) systems; and new, updated, or expanded information has been included on OSHA hazardous chemical labeling requirements; electrical circuits; GM low-speed GMLAN; fuel pump diagnosis; fuel injection diagnosis; OBDII diagnosis; permanent (Mode $0A) diagnostic trouble codes; and electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) charging. Four new appendixes provide a sample Electrical/Electronic systems ASE-type certification test with answers; a sample A8 Engine Performance ASE-type certification test with answers; an NATEF correlation chart showing all MLR, AST, and MAST tasks for electrical/electronic systems (A6) in one chart; and an NATEF correlation chart showing all MLR, AST, and MAST tasks for engine performance (A8) in one chart.

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
Service Information, Tools and Safety

Chapter 2
Environmental and Hazardous Materials

Chapter 3
Electrical Fundamentals

Chapter 4
Electrical Circuits and Ohm’s Law

Chapter 5
Series, Parallel and Series-Parallel Circuits

Chapter 6
Circuit Testers and
Digital Meters

Chapter 7
Oscilloscopes and Graphing Multimeters

Chapter 8
Automotive Wiring and Wire Repair

Chapter 9
Wiring Schematics and Circuit Testing

Chapter 10
Capacitance and Capacitors

Chapter 11
Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Chapter 12
Electronic Fundamentals

Chapter 13
Computer Fundamentals

Chapter 14
CAN and Network Communications

Chapter 15

Chapter 16
Battery Testing and Service

Chapter 17
Cranking System

Chapter 18
Cranking System Diagnosis and Service

Chapter 19
Charging System

Chapter 20
Charging System Diagnosis and Service

Chapter 21
Lighting and Signaling Circuits

Chapter 22
Driver Information and Navigation Systems

Chapter 23
Horn, Wiper and Blower Motor Circuits

Chapter 24
Accessory Circuits

Chapter 25
Airbag and Pretensioner Circuits

Chapter 26
Audio System Operation and Diagnosis

Chapter 27

Chapter 28
Temperature Sensors

Chapter 29
Throttle Position Sensors

Chapter 30
MAP/BARO Sensors

Chapter 31
Mass Airflow Sensors

Chapter 32
Oxygen Sensors

Chapter 33
Ignition System Operation and Diagnosis

Chapter 34
Fuel Pumps, Lines and Filters

Chapter 35
Fuel Injection Components and Operation

Chapter 36
Gasoline Direct Injection Systems

Chapter 37
Electronic Throttle Control Systems

Chapter 38
Fuel Injection Diagnosis and Service

Chapter 39
Vehicle Emission Standards and Testing

Chapter 40
Emission Control Devices Operation and Diagnosis

Chapter 41
On-Board Diagnosis

Chapter 42
Scan Tool and Engine Performance Diagnosis

Chapter 43
Hybrid Electric Vehicle Safety Procedures

Chapter 44
Fuel Cells and Advanced Technologies

Appendix 1
Sample A6 ASE-type certification test

Appendix 2
Sample A8 ASE-type certification test

Appendix 3
A6 NATEF Correlation Chart

Appendix 4
A8 NATEF Correlation Chart


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