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Automotive Mechanics


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Table of Contents

PART 1 Introduction to motor vehicles
1 Motor vehicle components
2 Workshop safety
3 Workshop practices
4 Tools and their uses
5 Measuring and checking
6 Friction and bearings
7 Seals, gaskets and sealants
8 Fuels, fluids and lubricants
9 Service and maintenance
PART 2 Running gear
10 Tyres, wheels and balance
11 Brakes
12 Suspension systems
13 Steering systems
14 Wheel alignment
PART 3 Engines and engine systems
15 Engine fundamentals
16 Engine construction
17 General engine service
18 Cylinder head repair and overhaul procedures
19 Cylinder-block repair and overhaul
20 Cooling systems and servicing
21 Engine-lubricating systems
22 Intake, forced induction and exhaust systems and servicing
PART 4 Transmissions and drives
23 Clutches and service
24 Manual transmissions, transaxles, four-wheel and all-wheel drive service
25 Drive lines and shafts
26 Rear axle and final drive service
27 Automatic transmissions: torque converters
28 Automatic transmissions: mechanical
29 Automatic transmissions: hydraulics and controls
30 Automatic transmission service
PART 5 Petrol fuel and engine management
31 EFI and petrol fuel systems
32 Ignition systems
33 Emission controls
34 Diagnosis: petrol engines and other vehicle systems
PART 6 Diesel engines
35 Diesel engines: features
36 Diesel fuel systems
37 Diesel fuel system service
PART 7 Electrical basics
38 Basic electrics
39 Effects and applications of electric currents
40 Basic electronics and mechatronics
41 The battery
PART 8 Electrical systems
42 Starting systems
43 Charging systems and service
44 Body electrical systems and service
45 Instruments and warning systems
46 Vehicle computer systems
PART 9 Alternative drive systems
47 Hybrid, all-electric and fuel-cell vehicles
PART 10 Safety, security and convenience
48 Braking: ABS, traction control and vehicle stability
49 Air conditioning

About the Author

Ed May is retired and living in Qld. He is a proven successful author for McGraw-Hill, having authored the previous six editions of Automotive Mechanics. Les Simpson, Dip Teaching, MIAME, Sydney Institute of TAFE Les has more than 30 years' teaching experience and currently teaches at the Sydney Institute of TAFE. He holds a Diploma in Teaching (Technical), a certificate IV in Automotive Technology and is a member of the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers. During his career, he has taught trade and farm mechanics in a small country college, plant and heavy equipment in a regional college, and light vehicle mechanics at metropolitan colleges. Les has also worked overseas for TAFE NSW assisting the governments of Malaysia and the People's Republic of China to deliver vocational education and training (VET) programs. Prior to joining TAFE NSW Les served as a member of the Australian Army. During his army career, Les completed his apprenticeship and gained experience working on a variety of vehicles and equipment. Les is a keen supporter of WorldSkills Australia as a national judge and Sydney regional organiser.

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