Automotive Electrical and Engine Performance, 9th edition

  • James Halderman, 
  • Curt Ward

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Automotive Electrical and Engine Performance provides market-leading coverage of all the tasks of ASE certification areas A6 (Automotive Electricity and Electronics) and A8 (Automotive Engine Performance). Practical applications and step-by-step photo sequences will help you learn and retain procedures. This title is part of the Pearson Automotive Professional Technician Series.

Automotive Electrical and Engine Performance is designed for your success. Its learning outcomes and objectives are aligned with ASE standards, and its concise, easy-to-read chapters present content in manageable sections. Case studies will help you handle real-world customer issues.

The 9th Edition has been revised throughout to correspond with the latest ASE A6 and A8 tasks. It includes a new chapter, new case studies and more than 75 new full-color photos and line drawings.

Published by Pearson (March 6th 2024) - Copyright © 2025

ISBN-13: 9780138177126

Subject: Automotive Technology

Category: Automotive Electrical Systems (A6)


  1. Service Information, Work Orders, and Vehicle Identification
  2. Electrical Fundamentals
  3. Electrical Circuits and Ohm’s Law
  4. Series, Parallel, and Series-Parallel Circuits
  5. Circuit Testers and Digital Meters
  6. Digital Storage Oscilloscopes (DSOs)
  7. Automotive Wiring and Wire Repair
  8. Wiring Schematics and Circuit Testing
  9. Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  10. Electronic Fundamentals
  11. CAN and Network Communications
  12. Batteries and Battery Testing
  13. Starting System Parts and Operation
  14. Starting System Diagnosis and Service
  15. Charging Systems Parts and Operation
  16. Charging System Diagnosis and Service
  17. Lighting and Signaling Circuits
  18. Driver Information and Navigation Systems
  19. Security and Immobilizer Systems
  20. Airbag and Pretensioner Circuits
  21. Body Electrical Accessories
  22. Audio System Operation and Diagnosis
  23. Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS)
  24. Scan Tools
  25. Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Safety
  26. Engine Condition Diagnosis
  27. Gasoline, Diesel, and Alternative Fuels
  28. PCM Fundamentals
  29. Ignition System Parts and Operation
  30. Ignition System Diagnosis and Service
  31. Temperature and Throttle Position Sensors
  32. MAP and MAF Sensors
  33. Narrow and Wide Band Oxygen Sensors
  34. Fuel Pumps, Lines, and Filters
  35. Fuel-Injection Parts and Operation
  36. Gasoline Direct-Injection (GDI) Systems
  37. Electronic Throttle Control System
  38. Fuel-Injection System Diagnosis and Service
  39. Turbocharging and Supercharging
  40. Vehicle Emission Standards and Testing
  41. EVAP and EGR Systems
  42. PCV and SAI Systems
  43. Catalytic Converters
  44. On-Board Diagnosis
  45. Module Programming
  46. Strategy-Based Diagnosis


  1. Sample Electrical/Electronic Systems (A6) Sample ASE Certification Type Test
  2. Sample Automotive Engine Performance (A8) Sample ASE Certification-Type Test
  3. 2022 ASE Education Foundation A6 Correction Chart
  4. 2022 ASE Education Foundation A8 Correction Chart


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