Auto Fundamentals leads students through the design, construction, and operation of all major automotive systems. It is intended for those who need a sound foundation in the basics of automotive technology. The information in this textbook is easy to understand and applicable to all vehicles. Each automotive system in explained in detail, starting with its basic function and progressing to the construction and operation of its individual components.
This edition includes information on the latest developments in the automotive field, including hybrid drive technology and direct gasoline injections.
The text has been reorganized to improve comprehension and to emphasize current technologies.
An entire chapter devoted to exploring career opportunities and obtaining additional training in automotive technology is included.
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Table of Contents
1. Building an Engine 2. Design, Construction, and Application of Engine Components 3. Engine Classification, Parts Identification 4. Safety, Lab Procedures 5. Tool and Test Equipment Identification and Use 6. Engine Tests and Measurements 7. Electrical System Fundamentals 8. Computer Systems 9. Ignition Systems 10. Fuel Injection Systems 11. Fuel and Air Supply Systems 12. Cooling Systems 13. Lubrication Systems 14. Exhaust Systems 15. Emission Controls 16. Charging and Starting Systems 17. Chassis Electrical 18. Engine Clutches 19. Manual Transmissions and Transaxles 20. Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles 21. Axles and Drives 22. Four-Wheel Drive 23. Brakes 24. Suspension Systems 25. Steering Systems 26. Wheels and Tires 27. Wheel Alignment 28. Air Conditioning and Heating 29. ASE Certification 30. Career Opportunities
Martin W. Stockel - was a leader in the field of industrial and vocational education. He graduated from San Jose University in San Jose, California, with a degree in Industrial Arts and Vocational Education, and completed additional coursework at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and Gorham Teacher's College in Gorham, Maine. Mr. Stockel was employed as an industrial arts instructor for 18 years, teaching automotive technology, welding, drafting, and woodworking before becoming a school administrator. In addition to writing textbooks, Mr. Stockel was a contributor to both Popular Mechanics and Popular Science magazines.
Martin T. Stockel - received his degree from College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California, and completed additional automotive-related coursework at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. He honed his automotive skills by working as a service technician at independent shops and automobile dealerships. In addition to Auto Fundamentals, Mr. Stockel is the coauthor of several automotive technology titles, including Auto Brakes and Auto Suspension and Steering.
Chris Johanson - has been involved in the automotive service business for more than 35 years, as a technician, instructor, and author. He has a bachelor's degree in Industrial Arts Education and has written several books on the subject of automotive technology. Mr. Johanson is an ASE-certified master technician and also has ASE certifications in Advanced Engine Performance and Light Vehicle Diesel Engines.