Auto Fundamentals leads students through the design, construction, and operation of all major automotive systems. It touches on different professions within the automotive industry and is intended for those who need a sound foundation in the basics of automotive technology. Written in a manner easily accessible to students entering the automotive field, the information in this textbook begins with the fundamentals of automotive technology and builds upon them to offer a complete operational view of the modern automobile. Each automotive system is 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 collision avoidance systems and dual clutch transmissions.
A new Career Opportunities chapter explores career paths in a wide array of automotive industry sectors, offers information on automotive training sources, and outlines the steps to finding and acquiring a job in the automotive industry.
New chapter review questions and critical thinking questions provide a strong assessment of student comprehension and expand on chapter content to encourage automotive classroom discussion.
The text has been reorganized to improve comprehension, emphasize current technologies, and highlight the different career options within the automotive industry.
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Table of Contents
1. Career Opportunities 2. Safety 3. Automotive Tools and Test Equipment 4. Building an Engine 5. Design, Construction, and Application of Engine Components 6. Engine Classification, Parts Identification 7. Engine Size and Performance Measurements 8. Electrical System Fundamentals 9. Computer Systems 10. Ignition Systems 11. Fuel Injection Systems 12. Fuel and Air Supply Systems 13. Cooling Systems 14. Lubrication Systems 15. Exhaust Systems 16. Emission Controls 17. Charging and Starting Systems 18. Chassis Electrical 19. Engine Clutches 20. Manual Transmissions and Transaxles 21. Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles 22. Axles and Drives 23. Four-Wheel Drive 24. Brakes 25. Suspension Systems 26. Steering Systems 27. Wheels and Tires 28. Wheel Alignment 29. Air Conditioning and Heating
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.