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Total Automotive Technology Hardcover – April 6, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1401824761 ISBN-10: 1401824765 Edition: 4th

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  • Hardcover: 1112 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 4 edition (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401824765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401824761
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 8.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SECTION 1 WORKING in the AUTOMOTIVE SHOP: Introduction to the Automotive Industry.Working in the Automotive Industry.Introduction to the Automobile. Safety in the Automotive Shop.Fasteners, Gaskets, Seals, and Sealants.Bearings.Automotive Belts, Fittings, and Hoses.Common Hand Tools.Measuring Tools and Precision Instruments.Electrical Tools, Power and Pressing Tools, and Cleaning Equipment.Manuals and Specifications. SECTION 2 FUNDAMENTALS of AUTOMOTIVE ENGINES: Converting Energy to Power.Gasoline Engine Principles.Other Power Sources.Engine Performance.Engine Types.Basic Engine Construction.Cylinder Heads and Valves.Camshaft and Valve Drives. SECTION 3 MECHANICAL/FLUID ENGINE SYSTEMS: Principles of Lubrication.Lubrication System Operation.Cooling System Principles and Operation.Fuel Characteristics.Fuel Delivery Systems.Electronic Feedback Carburetors.Gasoline Fuel Injection Systems.Air Intake and Exhaust Systems.Turbocharger and Supercharging Systems. SECTION 4 ELECTRICAL ENGINE SYSTEMS: Electrical Principles.Computer Principles.Automotive Batteries.Ignition System Principles and Requirements.Electronic and Computerized Ignition Systems.Charging Systems.Starting Systems. SECTION 5 EMISSION and CONTROL SYSTEMS: Characteristics of Air Pollution.Emission Control Systems.Computerized Engine Control Systems. SECTION 6 POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS: Automotive Clutches.Manual Transmissions.Automatic Transmissions.Electronic and Computer-Controlled Transmissions.Drive Lines, Differentials, and Axles.Four-Wheel Drive Systems.SECTION 7 VEHICLE SUSPENSION and CONTROL SYSTEMS: Standard Braking Systems.Antilock Braking Systems.Suspension Systems.Steering Systems.Tires and Wheels.SECTION 8 VEHICLE ACCESSORY SYSTEMS: Air Conditioning Systems.Heating and Ventilation Systems.Cruise Control Systems.Auxiliary and Electrical Systems.

About the Author

Dr. Anthony E. Schwaller has been working in the field of automotive technology and teaching about technology for 35 years. During his teaching career he received the "Distinguished Technology Educator Award" in 1990, the "Special Recognition Award" from ITEA in 1995, and was selected as the Technology Teacher Educator of the Year" in 1997 fro the Council for Technology Teacher Education. He also received the "Outstanding Research Award" in 2003 for his research on Modular Technology in the classroom. During his teaching career, he as worked for Allis Chalmers, General Motors, Eastern Illinois University, and St. Cloud State University where he is now professor and department head. He has written over 50 articles in professional journals, written ten textbook in the automotive technology and related fields, and has given more than 50 presentations on topics in the fields of automotive, transportation, energy technology, and instructional strategies.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Woolfrey on July 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a good book if you are new to the world of auto-mechanics and automobiles. It will introduce many things to you such as tools, Fasteners, Bolts, gaskets, etc. It goes through the automobile and briefly describes all the parts... lightly brushing the surface. The ENGINE section will introduce the concept of the piston, crank shaft, cam shaft, etc... and briefly describe how the engine operates along with the different types of engines. The TRANSMISSION section will also describe all parts and how they function.

There are no real details in this book. It is very basic. If you are entering a trades college to take automotive technology then this book will probably be on your list. It introduces the automobile and its parts at a level for those who have not looked inside the hood before. Much of the content (and more) can be found on web-sites.

I gave the book 3 stars because there are 1000 pages. I am sure the book is suitable to those students who have no idea about what's under the hood of a car. The author also puts effort into interviewing technicians and service reps. at garages to give an idea for the life of someone working in that industry. If you plan on learning about engines... to say... tear down / re-build your own.. this book is not for you. I was expecting more detail.

On Second Thought.... I have been doing my own auto maintenance for some time now. I am also technically inclined having worked in the engineering field for some time. Although I personally expected something more advanced, this book will provide the fundamentals required to learn auto-mechanics. If you're just beginning to learn about car engines and how the whole fuel injector / ignition system works etc. then you will definitely find this book useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Ng on December 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book alone can't pass ASE. But if you use it with test question oriented review book on the Market... no problems
Salute to the author no because he's a PHh. D. but he's making sure the book is published the way he wants it. (dedicated and determined to get the points across the readers) and bring home something. read on....

So why you should have this book with you when you are prepared for the ASE?
1. The diagrams . every diagrams , well!! Almost 99.9% diagrams in the book have more than one `captions' (short phrases that explain/indicate parts of the whole) inside the pictures. Name me a textbook that bother to do this.
2. if the technical terms, appear in the book. Those are the terms you should note down in your notebook and focus and study. The author carefully choose and explain not too many concepts but that is enough to get you the big picture what's going on.. for example. On TurboCharging.,,, he bring in the Exhaust Turbine and Intake compressor, therefore boost occur in the intake manifold... lastly and gentlely and he bring in another terms wastegate to complete the whole story. And that's not all. All the above talk is just theories.. In summary he bring in the real turbocharger construction, with captionSSSSS diagrams and real photo. To finally end the topics, he throw in intercooler to conclude that `the result is more power from the engine'.
3. babysitting you all the way from start to finish... well all textbook is supposed to teach and give you the best knowledge on the subject....Buy this book and you will totally agree with me..

skip the ` Problems, diagnosis , and service' of this book. You can't have the cake and eat it...
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By Marilyn J Davis on February 14, 2014
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I got this for my son who was on home bound in high school. It was recommended by his teacher and we found it very educational.
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By gorgeousPB on June 25, 2013
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This textbook was intact, meaning no missing pages whatsoever! The description of the textbook was accurate, which caused it to be worthy. This book is very handy when studying about the basics of automobiles.
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