Heavy Duty Truck Systems

  • AUTHOR: Sean Bennett
  • ISBN-13: 9781305073623 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 1328 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 6th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2011
  • ©2016     Published
  • Prices are valid only in the respective region


About The Product

Comprehensive, technically accurate, and up-to-date, HEAVY DUTY TRUCK SYSTEMS, 6E is the best-selling introduction to servicing medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Now in striking full color, the sixth edition helps users develop a strong foundation in electricity and electronics, power train, steering and suspension, brakes, and accessories systems and presents introductory material on servicing, safety, tools, and preventive maintenance. This edition is updated with full coverage of NATEF competencies and the latest technology, including 2014 J1939 updates and access tools, Wingman radar, CMS, and Allison TC10 transmissions (introduced in 2013). The book's proven pedagogy is enhanced by extensive sets of review questions; over 1700 full-color photographs and pieces of art that help readers visualize key concepts and servicing procedures; and an accompanying workbook by the author that provides additional review material, Internet research exercises, and NATEF task-oriented job sheets.


  • Provides an unparalleled suite of instructor and student resources, including a comprehensive test bank, PowerPoint® slides for every chapter, 58 new videos that cover basic service procedures (via MindTap™), a Student Workbook, and more.
  • Includes standard-to-metric values (metric in brackets) throughout except CVSA and FMVSS compliance specs.
  • Focuses on prognostic maintenance, reflecting current trucking industry practices.
  • Covers the latest battery technology, changes in electronic service tools, collision avoidance technologies, and service information systems (SISs).
  • Provides an introduction to Eaton DM clutches and comprehensive coverage of Caterpillar's new highway vocational transmissions (CX family).
  • Includes reefer cryogenics and BlueCool-type heat exchanges.
  • Features the most comprehensive glossary of any other trucking book on the market.

About the Contributor

  • Sean Bennett

    Sean Bennett is a former program coordinator for the Truck and Diesel Department at Centennial College, as well as a former corporate trainer for Mack Trucks. During a 20-year tenure at the college he authored new curricula, helped overhaul existing course offerings, and chaired a wide range of curriculum development committees for the Province of Ontario. Bennett has written more than 30 books dealing with diesel, truck, heavy equipment, and automotive technology and currently devotes his career to technical writing and speaking engagements. He is an active member of the American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council, the Association of Diesel Specialists, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the North American Council of Automotive Teachers. He is widely regarded as the foremost author in medium/heavy duty truck technology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Servicing Heavy-Duty Trucks.
2. Shop Safety and Operations.
3. Tools and Fasteners.
4. Maintenance.
5. Fundamentals of Electricity.
6. Fundamentals of Electronics and Computers.
7. Batteries.
8. Charging Systems.
9. Cranking Systems.
10. Chassis Electrical Circuits.
11. Diagnosis and Repair of Electronic Circuits.
12. Multiplexing.
13. Hydraulics Fundamentals.
14. Clutches.
15. Standard Transmissions.
16. Standard Transmission Servicing.
17. Torque Converters.
18. Automatic Transmissions.
19. Automatic Transmission Maintenance.
20. Automated Manual Transmissions (AMTs) and Hybrids.
21. Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmissions (ECATs).
22. Driveshaft Assemblies.
23. Heavy-Duty Truck Axles.
24. Heavy-Duty Truck Axle Service and Repair.
25. Steering and Alignment.
26. Suspension Systems.
27. Wheels and Tires.
28. Truck Brake Systems.
29. Hydraulic and Air-over-Hydraulic Braking Systems.
30. ABS and EBS Braking Systems.
31. Air Brake Servicing.
32. Vehicle Chassis Frame.
33. Heavy Duty Truck Trailers.
34. Fifth Wheels and Coupling Systems.
35. Heavy-Duty HVAC systems.

New to this Edition

  • Expanded coverage of hydraulics, oxyacetylene, and electric welding safety; fastener identification; emerging trends in trucking heading for EPA 2017 load efficiency/CO2 dump requirements; and CSA 2010.
  • Updated electricity and electronics chapters, including J1939 electronics (2014 access including J1962), and new content on Wingman radar, collision mitigation systems (CMS), new electronic service tools (ESTs), ultracapacitors, and battery information management systems.
  • Introduction to Delco Remy 33/40 alternator diagnostics and reconditioning, smart ignition switches, internal mag solenoid switches (IMSS), overcrank protection, and highway grid hotel loads for trucks and trailers.
  • Updated chapters on clutches (DM centrifugal and AW wet) and transmissions, including hybrid transmissions, as well as detailed coverage of the Allison TC10 for Class 8 trucks.
  • Revision of tires and wheel end chapters, including new balancing methods; expanded coverage of air disc brakes; and a significantly revised chapter on hydraulic/hydraulic power-boost brakes.
  • New generation trailers (load efficiency), pintle and ball hooks, and a revised HVAC chapter that includes hermitic seal and vane compressors.
  • Full color throughout.


Teacher Components

  • Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1305259483 | ISBN-13: 9781305259485)
    This practical workbook helps users retain key chapter content. Included in this resource are chapter objectives, practice questions, Job Sheets keyed to NATEF tasks, and online tasks.
    Price = 78.00
  • MindTap® Diesel Technology, 4 terms (24 months) Instant Access for Bennett's Heavy Duty Truck Systems  (ISBN-10: 1305259580 | ISBN-13: 9781305259584)
    MindTap® Diesel Technology for Bennett, Heavy Duty Truck Systems, Sixth edition is a personalized teaching experience with relevant assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and improve thinking, allowing you to measure skills and outcomes with ease. Relevant readings, multimedia, and activities are designed to guide students through progressive levels of learning, from basic knowledge to analysis and application. Personalized teaching becomes yours through a Learning Path built with key student objectives and your syllabus in mind. Control what students see and when they see it. Analytics and reports provide a snapshot of class progress, time in course,engagement and completion rates. MindTap® Diesel Technology meets the needs of today’s diesel technology classroom, shop and student. Within the MindTap faculty and students will find editable and submittable job sheets, based on NATEF tasks. MindTap also offers students engaging activities that includes videos, matching exercises and assessments.
    Price = 115.00
  • LMS Integrated for MindTap® Automotive, 4 terms (24 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305274148 | ISBN-13: 9781305274143)
    Cengage Learning provides Learning Management System (LMS) integration with its MindLinks service. This service is designed to deliver an optimal user experience through the learning management system (LMS) already used by your institution-facilitating learning retention and contributing to better learner outcomes. Collaboration with LMS industry leaders helps drive advanced features such as gradebook integration, and the fluid pedagogical design contributes to more teachable moments.
    Price = 115.00

Student Supplements

  • Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1305259483 | ISBN-13: 9781305259485)
    Master the key content in HEAVY DUTY TRUCK SYSTEMS, 6E with this practical workbook, which contains chapter objectives, practice questions, Job Sheets keyed to NATEF tasks, and online tasks.
    Price = 78.00
  • MindTap® Diesel Technology, 4 terms (24 months) Instant Access for Bennett's Heavy Duty Truck Systems  (ISBN-10: 1305259580 | ISBN-13: 9781305259584)
    MindTap® Diesel Technology for Bennett's Heavy Duty Truck Systems, 6th Edition provides you with the tools you need to better manage your limited time -- you can complete assignments whenever and wherever you are ready to learn with course material specially customized for you by your instructor and streamlined in one proven, easy-to-use interface. With an array of tools and apps -- from note taking to flashcards -- you'll get a true understanding of course concepts, helping you to achieve better grades and setting the groundwork for your future courses. Access to this product is valid for 24 months of usage.
    Price = 115.00
  • LMS Integrated for MindTap® Automotive, 4 terms (24 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305274148 | ISBN-13: 9781305274143)
    This access code will provide you with seamless access to your MindTap™ Automotive and Trucking resources from within your campus Learning Management System. You will be prompted to enter this access code the first time that you click on a link in your course that includes Cengage content.
    Price = 115.00

Alternate Formats

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  • MindTap 4 Terms (24 Months) + Bound Book
    ISBN-10: 1305697200 | ISBN-13: 9781305697201
    Price = $121.25