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Advanced Automotive Fault Diagnosis, 4th ed

by Tom Denton

PUBLISHED: 12th July 2016
ISBN: 9780415725767
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PUBLISHED: 12th July 2016
ISBN: 9780415725767

Publisher Description

Learn all the skills you need to pass Level 3 and 4 Vehicle Diagnostic courses from IMI, City and Guilds and BTEC, as well as higher levels, ASE, AUR and other qualifications.

Advanced Automotive Fault Diagnosis explains the fundamentals of vehicle systems and components and examines diagnostic principles as well as the latest techniques employed in effective vehicle maintenance and repair. Diagnostics, or fault finding, is an essential part of an automotive technician's work, and as automotive systems become increasingly complex there is a greater need for good diagnostics skills. For students new to the subject, this book will help to develop these skills, but it will also assist experienced technicians to further improve their performance and keep up with recent industry developments.

Checked and endorsed by the Institute of to him to ensure that it is ideal for both independent and tutor-based study Diagnostics case studies to help you put the principles covered into real-life context Useful margin features throughout, including definitions, key facts and 'safety first' considerations

Author Biography

Tom Denton is the leading UK automotive author with a teaching career spanning lecturer to head of automotive engineering in a large college. His range of automotive textbooks published since 1995 are bestsellers and led to his authoring of the Automotive Technician Training multimedia system that is in common use in the UK, USA and several other countries. Tom now works as the eLearning Development Manager for the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction 1.1 Diagnosis 1.2 Safe working practices 3. Terminology 1.4 Report writing 1.5 Autonomous driving 2. Diagnostic technique 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Diagnostic process 2.3 Diagnostics on paper 2.4 Mechanic diagnostic techniques 2.5 Electrical diagnostic techniques 2.6 Fault codes 2.7 Systems 2.8 Data sources 2.9 Summary 3. Tools and equipment 3.1 Basic equipment 3.2 PicoScioe oscilloscope kits 3.3 Scanners/Fault code readers and analysers 3.4 Emission testing 3.5 Pressure testing 4. Sensors, actuators and oscilloscope diagnostics 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Sensors 4.3 Actuators 4.4 Engine waveforms 4.5 Communication networks 4.6 Summary 5. On-board diagnostics 5.1 History 5.2 What is on-board diagnostics? 5.3 Petrol/Gasoline on-boards diagnostic monitors 5.4 Misfire detection 5.5 OBD summary 5.6 Driving cycles 5.7 Future developments in diagnostic systems 5.8 Summary 6. Engine systems 6.1 Introduction 6.2 Engine operation 6.3 Diagnostics - engines 6.4 Fuel system 6.5 Diagnostics - fuel system 6.6 Introduction to engine management 6.7 Ignition 6.8 Diagnostics - ignition sysem 6.9 Emissions 6.10 Diagnostics - emissions 6.11 Fuel injection 6.12 Diagnostics - fuel injection systems 6.13 Diesel injection 6.14 Diagnostics - diesel injection systems 6.15 Engine management 6.16 Diagnostics - combined ignition and fuel systems 6.17 Engine management and fault finding information 6.18 Air supply and exhaust systems 6.19 Diagnostics - exhaust and supply 6.20 Cooling 6.21 Diagnostics - cooling 6.22 Lubrication 6.23 Diagnostics - lubrication 6.24 Batteries 6.25 Diagnostics - batteries 6.26 Starting 6.27 Diagnostics - starting 6.28 Charging 6.29 Diagnostics - charging 7. Chassis systems 7.1 Brakes 7.2 Diagnostics - brakes 7.3 Antilock brakes 7.4 Diagnostics - antilock brakes 7.5 Traction control 7.6 Diagnostics - traction control 7.7 Steering and tyres 7.8 Diagnostics - steering and tyres 7.9 Suspension 7.10 Diagnostics - suspension 7.11 Active suspension 7.12 Diagnostics - active suspension 8. Electrical systems 8.1 Electronic components and circuits 8.2 Multiplexing 8.3 Diagnostics - multiplexing 8.4 Lighting 8.5 Diagnostics - lighting 8.6 Auxilaries 8.7 Diagnostics - auxillary 8.8 In-car entertainment security and communications 8.9 Diagnostics - ICE, security and communications 8.10 Body electrical systems 8.11 Diagnostics - body electrical 8.12 Instrumentation 8.13 Diagnostics - instruments 8.14 Heating, ventilation and air conditioning 8.15 Diagnostics - HVAC 8.16 Cruise control 8.17 Diagnostics - cruise control 8.18 Airbags and belt tensioners 8.19 Diagnostics - airbags and belt tensioners 9. Transmission systems 9.1 Manual transmission 9.2 Diagnostics - manual transmission 9.3 Automatic transmission 9.4 Diagnostics - automatic transmission 10. Learning activities and simulations 10.1 Introduction 10.2 Knowledge check questions 10.3 Vehicle system diagnostic simulations 10.4 Software 10.5 Summary


'Excellent layout and content and very easy to follow.' David Catling, Deeside College

'Very logically set out, fits the curriculum very well especially the use of pico-scope based illustrations' Terry Milic, Bridgend College

'Well designed and illustrated, tackling relevant issues' Steve Leonard, Deeside College

'Good layout and style' Aidan Coates, North Nottinghamshire College

'Excellent research and course work book' Frank Tomline, City College Brighton and Hove

Product Details

Tom Denton
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Short Title
Edition Description
Publication Date
Automotive Technology: Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
66 Tables, black and white; 440 Illustrations, color
College/Higher Education

Product Reviews

23 Jul, 2017
By Renald