Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach

  • AUTHORS: Jack Erjavec; Rob Thompson
  • ISBN-13: 9781133612315 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 1696 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 6th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2010, 2005, 2000
  • ©2015     Published
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About The Product

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY: A SYSTEMS APPROACH - the leading authority on automotive theory, service, and repair - has been thoroughly updated to provide accurate, current information on the latest technology, industry trends, and state-of-the-art tools and techniques. This comprehensive text covers the full range of basic topics outlined by ASE, including engine repair, automatic transmissions, manual transmissions and transaxles, suspension and steering, brakes, electricity and electronics, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance. Now updated to reflect the latest NATEF MAST standards, as well as cutting-edge hybrid and electric engines, this trusted text is an essential resource for aspiring and active technicians who want to succeed in the dynamic, rapidly evolving field of automotive service and repair.


  • An early chapter on automotive systems covers the basic NATEF tasks that apply to all systems, providing a wide-ranging overview of essential concepts that today's automotive technicians need to master for professional certification and career success.
  • Extensive questions conclude each chapter to reinforce key concepts, enable students to assess their understanding, and help them prepare effectively for ASE certification.
  • The text provides a uniquely thorough, detailed guide to essential automotive topics, including all of the basic areas outlined by ASE, such as engine repair, automatic transmissions, manual transmissions and transaxles, suspension and steering, brakes, electricity and electronics, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.
  • An extensive suite of instructor resources is available to reinforce teaching and learning, including chapter presentations in PowerPoint with videos and animations, electronic test banks, NATEF task correlations, an Image Library of all chapter figures, and more.

About the Contributor

  • Jack Erjavec

    Jack Erjavec has become a fixture in the automotive textbook publishing world. He has decades of experience as a technician, educator, author, and editor, and has authored or co-authored more than 30 automotive textbooks and training manuals. Erjavec holds a master's degree in vocational and technical education from Ohio State University, and he spent twenty years at Columbus State Community College as an instructor and administrator. A long-time affiliate of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers, he also served as executive vice-president for the organization and spent several years on its board of directors. Erjavec is also associated with ATMC, SAE, ASA, ATRA, AERA, and other automotive professional associations.

  • Rob Thompson

    Rob Thompson has been teaching high school automotive technology since 1995. His teaching career began in 1994 as an adjunct faculty member at Columbus State Community College. Since 2007, Thompson has worked on numerous projects for Cengage Learning and is the author of AUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE & LIGHT REPAIR. He currently serves as vice-president and president-elect of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers.

Table of Contents

1. Careers in the Automotive Industry.
2. Workplace Skills.
3. Basic Theories and Math.
4. Automotive Systems.
5. Hand Tools and Shop Equipment.
6. Diagnostic Equipment and Special Tools.
7. Working Safely In the Shop.
8. Preventative Maintenance and Basic Services.
9. Automotive Engine Designs and Diagnosis.
10. Engine Disassembly and Cleaning.
11. Lower-End Theory and Service.
12. Upper-End Theory and Service.
13. Engine Sealing and Reassembly.
14. Lubricating and Cooling Systems.
15. Basics of Electrical Systems.
16. General Electrical System Diagnostics and Service.
17. Batteries: Theory, Diagnosis, and Service.
18. Starting and Traction Motor Systems.
19. Charging Systems.
20. Lighting Systems.
21. Instrumentation and Information Displays.
22. Basics of Electronics and Computer Systems.
23. Electrical Accessories.
24. Engine Performance Systems.
25. Detailed Diagnosis and Sensors.
26. Ignition Systems.
27. Ignition System Diagnosis and Service.
28. Diesel and Other Alternative Fuels.
29. Fuel Delivery Systems.
30. Electronic Fuel Injection.
31. Fuel Injection Diagnosis and Service.
32. Intake and Exhaust Systems.
33. Emission Control Systems.
34. Emission Control Systems Diagnosis and Service.
35. Hybrid Vehicles.
36. Electric Vehicles.
37. Clutches.
38. Manual Transmission and Transaxles.
39. Manual Transmission and Transaxle Service.
40. Drive Axles and Differentials.
41. Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles.
42. Electronic Automatic Transmissions.
43. Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Service.
44. Four- and All-Wheel Drive.
45. Tires and Wheels.
46. Suspension Systems.
47. Steering Systems.
48. Restraint Systems. Theory, Diagnosis, and Service.
49. Wheel Alignment.
50. Brake Systems.
51. Drum Brakes.
52. Disc Brakes.
53. Antilock Brake, Traction Control, and Stability Control Systems.
54. Heating and Air Conditioning.
55. Heating and Air Conditioning Diagnosis and Service.

New to this Edition

  • Two new chapters provide detailed, dedicated coverage of hybrid and electric engines, outlining essential knowledge and skills technicians need to service these increasingly common, uniquely complex vehicles.
  • New "The Three Cs" feature presents students with a real world vehicle problem to introduce the essential methodology for approaching a repair: concern, cause, and correction.
  • The authors have carefully revised and updated the text to reflect the new NATEF MAST standards, preparing readers to pursue professional certification and develop the knowledge and skills they need for success in today's dynamic automotive service and repair industry.
  • Illustrations, diagrams, and other visual elements throughout the text have been updated and enhanced to ensure technical accuracy, help bring key chapter concepts to life, and make material more engaging and effective for today's visual learners.