Today's Technician Automotive Suspension & Steering Classroom Manual and Shop Manual

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-29
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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Master the knowledge and skills needed to diagnose and service suspension and steering systems for today's cars, SUVs, light duty trucks and now, hybrids, with the latest edition of this highly successful Classroom/Shop Manual package! With the same carefully constructed balance of theory and practice that made previous editions so valuable, the 5th Edition of TODAY'S TECHNICIAN: AUTOMOTIVE SUSPENSION AND STEERING takes the content to the next level, from coverage of the latest mandatory tire pressure monitoring systems to the newest electronically-controlled suspension systems. And the highly updated, state-of-the-art information doesn't end there; the book also features new information on the most current front and rear suspension designs, recent developments in steering columns and air bag systems, and the latest electronic power steering gears. Reinforcing its practical, user-friendly approach are strategically placed cautions and warnings that emphasize safe working procedures and case studies that link theory to the real-life practices of today's professional, ASE-certified technicians, making this a must-have for aspiring and new automotive technicians alike!

Table of Contents

Suspension and Steering Systems Introduction
Frames and Unitized Bodies
Front Suspension Systems
Rear Suspension Systems
Wheels and Hubs
Shock Absorbers and Struts
Computer-Controlled Suspension Systems and Shock Absorbers
Steering Systems
Wheel Alignment
Steering Axis Inclination
Review Questions
Basis Theories Introduction
Newton's Laws of Motion
Work and Force
Energy Conversion
Mass Weight and Volume
Principles Involving Tires and Wheels in Motion
Principles Involving Liquids and Gases
Atmospheric Pressure
Venturi Principle
Review Questions
Wheel Bearings Introduction
Bearing Loads
Ball Bearings
Roller Bearings
Wheel Bearings
Rear Axle Bearings
Bearing Lubrication
Review Questions
Tires and Wheels Introduction
Tire Design
Tire Ply and Belt Design
Tire Tread Design
Tire Manufacturing Defects
Tire Ratings and Sidewall Information
Specialty Tires
Replacement Tires
Tire Valves Tire Chains
Compact Spare Tires
Run-Flat Tires
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
Tire Contact Area
Tire Placard and Inflation Pressure
Nitrogen Tire Inflation
Tire Motion Forces
Wheel Rims
Static Wheel Balance Theory
Dynamic Wheel Balance Theory
Vibration and Harshness
Review Questions
Shock Absorbers and Struts Introduction
Shock Absorber Design
Shock Absorber Operation
Gas-Filled Shock Absorbers and Struts
Heavy-Duty Shock Absorber Design
Shock Absorber Ratios
Strut Design
Front Suspension
Shock Absorber and Strut Design
Rear Suspension
Travel Sensitive Struts
Adjustable Struts
Load-Levelling Shock Absorbers
Electronically Controlled Shock Absorbers and Struts
Review Questions
Front Suspension Systems Introduction
Suspension System Components
Short-and-Long Arm Front Suspension Systems
MacPherson Strut Front Suspension System Design
Modified MacPherson Strut Suspension
High Performance Front Suspension Systems
Torsion Bar Suspension
Curb Riding Height
Front Spring Sag Curb Riding Height and Caster Angle
Spring Sag Curb Riding Height and Camber Angle
Review Questions
Rear Suspension Systems Introduction
Live Axle Rear Suspension Systems
Semi-Independent Rear Suspension Systems
Independent Rear Suspension Systems
Curb Riding Height
Spring Sag Curb Riding Height and Caster Angle
Review Questions
Computer-Controlled Suspension Systems Introduction
Programmed Ride Control System
Electronic Air Suspension System Components
Electronic Air Suspension System Operation
Air Suspension System Design Variations
Vehicle Dynamic Suspension (VDS) System
Electronic Suspension Control (ESC) System
Integrated Electronic Systems and Networks
Vehicle Stability Control
Active Roll Control Systems
Active Cruise Control (ACC) Systems
Lane Departure Warning Systems
Collision Mitigation Systems
Review Questions
Steering Columns and Steering Linkages Introduction
Conventional Nontilt Steering Column
Tilt Steering Column
Electronic Tilt/telescoping Steering Column
Active Steering Column
Steering Linkage Mechanisms
Steering Damper
Review Questions
Power Steering Pumps Introduction
Power Steering Pump Drive Belts
Types of Power-Assisted Steering Systems
Power Steering Pump Design
Power Steering Pump Operation
Hybrid Vehicles and Power Steering Systems
Various Types of HEVs
Fuel Cell Vehicles
Review Questions
Recirculating Ball Steering Gears Introduction
Manual Recirculating Ball Steering Gears
Power Recirculating Ball Steering Gears
Review Questions
Rack and Pinion Steering Gears Introduction
Manual Rack and Pinion Steering Gear Main Components
Steering Gear Ratio
Manual Rack and Pinion Steering Gear Mounting
Advantages and Disadvantages of Rack and Pinion Steering
Power Rack and Pinion Steering Gears
Types of Rack and Pinion Steering Gears
Electronic Variable Orifice Steering
Saginaw Electronic Variable Orifice Steering
Rack-Drive Electronic Power Steering
Electronic Power Steering System Operation
Column-Drive Electronic Power Steering
Column-Drive Electronic Power Steering Operation
Pinion-Drive Electronic Power Steering
Active Steering System
Steer-By-Wire Systems
Review Questions
Four-Wheel Steering Systems Introduction
Electronically Controlled Four-Wheel Steering
Input Sensors
Four-Wheel Steering System Operation
Quadrasteer Four-Wheel Steering Systems
Quadrasteer Four-Wheel Steering System Operation
Rear Active Steering System
Four-Wheel Active Steering (4WAS)
Review Questions
Frames and Frame Damage Introduction
Types of Frames and Frame Construction
Unitized Body Design
Vehicle Directional Stability
Types of Frame Damage
Review Questions
Four Wheel Alignment Part I Introduction
Wheel Alignment Theory
Importance of Four Wheel Alignment
Rear Wheel Alignment and Vehicle Tracking Problems
Types of Wheel Alignment
Computer Alignment Systems
Camber Fundamentals
Driving Conditions Affecting Camber
Caster Fundamentals
Safety Factors and Caster
Steering Terminology
Review Questions
Four Wheel Alignment Part II Introduction
Steering Axis Inclination (SAI) Definition
SAI Purpose
SAI and Safety Factors
Scrub Radius
Wheel Setback
Toe Definition
Toe setting for Front-Wheel- Drive and Rear-Wheel-Drive Vehicles
Toe Adjustment and Tire Wear
Turning Radius
Rear Wheel Alignment
Review Questions
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