Search Ebook here:

Fundamentals of Automotive Technology 3rd Edition

Fundamentals of Automotive Technology 3rd Edition PDF

Author: Kirk VanGelder

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning


Publish Date: March 9, 2022

ISBN-10: 128423035X

Pages: 1900

File Type: Epub

Language: English

read download

Book Preface

The third edition of Fundamentals of Automotive Technology, Principles and Practice is a comprehensive resource that covers the foundational theory and skills necessary to prepare entry-level technicians to maintain, diagnose, and repair today’s light-duty vehicles.

Several of the original 64 chapters have been split, creating 75 chapters in the Third Edition. The smaller chunks of content fit nicely into the schedule of most two-year programs. Additionally, the reading level has been lowered to eighth/ninth-grade level, making it easier for more students to comprehend. Several features are included in the text to facilitate student learning. Instructors are encouraged to incorporate these features and activities into their lessons.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives are skills, knowledge, and behaviors that translate to on-the-job requirements. Instructors should align the Learning Objectives to the outcomes defined by accreditors and advisory boards. This will help instructors ensure that they have provided the training necessary for safety and competence on the job. Learning Objectives are listed at the beginning of each chapter and emphasized when supporting material appears in the chapter content. Organizing each chapter by the Learning Objectives makes the content more manageable for students and focuses their attention on the relevant information.

You Are the Automotive Technician

Each chapter includes a You Are the Automotive Technician scenario and open-ended questions intended to provide relevance to the chapter content. Instructors can use this feature to stimulate classroom discussion, capture students’ attention, and provide an overview of key topics in the chapter.

Skill Drills

Skill Drills offer a step-by-step portrayal, in words and images, of necessary skills. These are particularly helpful as students prepare to perform the tasks themselves for the first time or if they need reference information in the lab. Instructors can use Skill Drills when discussing difficult steps or preparing students for the nuances of a procedure. Breaking down these processes into individual steps helps students internalize the importance of each step. The visual component further assists students in determining what needs to be done, and how it needs to be done, at each step.

Applied Academics

The Applied Academics feature provides a practical scenario for specific communication, math, or science skills in the shop. Instructors who are required to address STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) content and similar grade-level outcomes (GLOs) will find this feature especially helpful as both a skill review and a reference tool. After the scenario is presented, students are guided through application of the concept. This feature pulls students’ existing academic skills into the automotive context and helps them apply these skills to real-world automotive situations.

Technician Tips

Technician Tips add extra background information, details, and suggestions that students will find helpful in both their studies and their work in the shop. These details provide insight into the topic from technicians with years of experience.

Safety Tips

Safety Tips draw attention to specific safety concerns and address how to avoid injury in the shop. Instructors know that reinforcement is key for many of these very important practices. Safety Tips alert students to potential hazards and remind instructors to address the dangers in class, ahead of exposure in the shop.


The Wrap-Up at the end of each chapter pulls together the information learned in the chapter. In addition to highlighting key topics and terms, the Wrap-Up gives students an opportunity to test their knowledge of the material they learned. Instructors can use the questions in this section as a homework assignment, an in-class (individual or group) activity, or the basis of a class discussion. Students can develop their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in the context of automotive service and repair—skills essential for success in the field.


This course was created to help you on your path to a successful career in the transportation industry. Employability basics covered early in the text will help you get and keep a job in the field. Essential technical skills, which are the core building blocks of an automotive technician’s skill set, are presented from cover to cover. This course also introduces strategy-based diagnostics, a method used to solve technical problems correctly on the first attempt. The text explores virtually every task the various industry standards recommend for technicians and will help you prepare for a successful career.

As you navigate this text, do what successful technicians do—they continuously ask themselves questions. Ask yourself, “Do I understand this concept or task? Can I explain it in my own words? Does this make sense to me?” If not, go back and reread the text and study the pictures.

This course is designed to help you answer the comprehension questions above. Each chapter starts with a list of Learning Objectives. Each chapter ends with a review of the chapter’s highlights. The content of each chapter is written to explain each objective. As you read, continue to ask yourself those questions. Study the concepts and wrestle with them in your mind. Every part of the vehicle is governed by the same laws of physics that govern the world around us, so the concepts can be understood. You are on a mission to seek the answers and gain this understanding. Gauge your progress by imagining yourself as the technician. Do you have the knowledge of the concepts presented, and can you perform the tasks explained within each chapter? Know that combining your knowledge with hands-on experience is essential to becoming a Master Technician.

Stay curious. Ask questions. Practice your skills, and always remember that one of the best resources you have for learning is right there in your classroom . . . your instructor. But before you go to them, make sure that you have done your own research. Use your instructor to verify that your answers are correct or for those difficult concepts or techniques that you just can’t work out on your own. Once you graduate from the program, your instructor will no longer be there to help answer your questions. You will need to be able to answer them yourself. Now is the best time to begin practicing that skill. Equipped with the knowledge in this course and your drive to learn more about automotive technology, you will go far in your career.

Best wishes and enjoy!

The CDX Learning Automotive Team


SECTION 1Safety and Foundation

CHAPTER 1Careers in Automotive Technology

CHAPTER 2Introduction to Automotive Technology

CHAPTER 3Introduction to Automotive Safety

CHAPTER 4Personal Protective Equipment

CHAPTER 5Vehicle Protection and Jack and Lift Safety

CHAPTER 6Vehicle Service Information

CHAPTER 7Strategy-Based Diagnosis and Repair Orders

CHAPTER 8Hand Tools

CHAPTER 9Measuring Tools

CHAPTER 10Power Tools and Equipment

CHAPTER 11Heating, Brazing, Welding, and Cutting

CHAPTER 12Fasteners and Thread Repair

CHAPTER 13Vehicle Maintenance Inspection

CHAPTER 14Employability Skills

CHAPTER 15Communication Skills

SECTION 2Engine Repair

CHAPTER 16Motive Power Theory: Engines

CHAPTER 17Engine Mechanical Testing

CHAPTER 18Engine Lubrication System Theory

CHAPTER 19Servicing the Lubrication System

CHAPTER 20Engine Cooling System Theory

CHAPTER 21Servicing the Cooling System

CHAPTER 22Engine Removal and Replacement

CHAPTER 23Cylinder Head Components and Service

CHAPTER 24Engine Block Components and Service

CHAPTER 25Engine Machining

CHAPTER 26Engine Assembly

SECTION 3Automatic Transmission and Transaxle

CHAPTER 27Automatic Transmission Fundamentals

CHAPTER 28Hydraulic Fundamentals

CHAPTER 29Hydraulically Controlled Transmissions

CHAPTER 30Electronically Controlled Transmissions

CHAPTER 31Servicing Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles

CHAPTER 32Rebuilding Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles

CHAPTER 33Hybrid and Continuously Variable Transmissions

SECTION 4Manual Drivetrain and Axles

CHAPTER 34Manual Drivetrain Fundamentals

CHAPTER 35Clutch Systems

CHAPTER 36Servicing Manual Transmissions/Transaxles

CHAPTER 37Rebuilding Manual Transmissions/Transaxles

CHAPTER 38Driveshafts, Axles, and Final Drives

CHAPTER 39Four-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive Systems

SECTION 5Steering and Suspension

CHAPTER 40Wheels and Tires Theory

CHAPTER 41Servicing Wheels and Tires

CHAPTER 42Steering System Theory

CHAPTER 43Servicing the Steering System

CHAPTER 44Suspension System Theory

CHAPTER 45Servicing the Suspension System

CHAPTER 46Wheel Alignment


CHAPTER 47Braking System Fundamentals

CHAPTER 48Hydraulics and Power Brakes Theory

CHAPTER 49Servicing the Hydraulic System and Power Brakes

CHAPTER 50Disc Brake System Theory

CHAPTER 51Servicing the Disc Brake System

CHAPTER 52Drum Brake System Theory

CHAPTER 53Servicing the Drum Brake System

CHAPTER 54Wheel Bearings

CHAPTER 55Electronic Brake Control Systems

SECTION 7Electrical

CHAPTER 56Electrical System Fundamentals

CHAPTER 57Electrical Components and Wiring Repair

CHAPTER 58Meter Usage and Circuit Diagnosis

CHAPTER 59Battery Systems

CHAPTER 60Starting Systems

CHAPTER 61Charging Systems

CHAPTER 62Lighting Systems

CHAPTER 63Computer-Controlled Systems

CHAPTER 64Network Communications and Body Accessories

CHAPTER 65Safety, Entertainment, and Antitheft Systems

SECTION 8Heating and Air-Conditioning

CHAPTER 66Heating and Air-Conditioning Fundamentals

CHAPTER 67Servicing the Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems

CHAPTER 68Climate Control Systems

SECTION 9Engine Performance

CHAPTER 69Ignition Systems

CHAPTER 70Gasoline Fuel Systems

CHAPTER 71Induction and Exhaust Systems

CHAPTER 72Engine Management and On-Board Diagnostics Systems

CHAPTER 73Emissions Control Systems

CHAPTER 74Electric, Hybrid, and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

CHAPTER 75Alternative Fuel Systems

APPENDIX A2018 ASE Automobile Accreditation Task List Correlation Guide

APPENDIX BASE Integrated Applied Academic Skills Correlation Guide



Download Ebook Read Now File Type Upload Date
Download here Read Now Epub August 20, 2022

How to Read and Open File Type for PC ?