Automotive Electricity and Electronics, 5th edition

  • James D. Halderman

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This book is part of the Pearson Automotive Professional Technician Series, which provides full-color, media-integrated solutions for today’s students and instructors covering all eight areas of ASE certification, plus additional titles covering common courses. Peer reviewed for technical accuracy, the series and the books in it represent the future of automotive textbooks.


Automotive Electricity and Electronics fills the need for a text that covers the ASE/NATEF designated topic of Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems (A6). It is designed to be a two-semester text and covers the fundamental, as well as the advanced, electrical topics taught in all schools and colleges that teach automotive electricity and electronics.


Prepare tomorrow’s automotive professionals for success
Automotive Electricity and Electronics, 5/e, provides complete coverage of the parts, operation, design, and troubleshooting of automotive electricity and electronics systems, as well as the practical skills that readers must master to be successful in the industry. Real examples and full color images throughout the text offer readers a practical approach to the diagnosis and repair of the NATEF tasks for the Automotive Electricity/Electronic Systems (A6) content area. Formatted to appeal to today's technical trade students, Halderman uses helpful tips to bring concepts to life and guide readers through the procedures they'll use on the job.


All of the content is correlated to the latest NATEF tasks and ASE areas, and information on new OSHA hazardous chemical labeling requirements, three-legged and low profile fuses plus smart junction boxes, and immobilizer systems is included.


Table of contents

1.     Service Information, Tools, and Safety 1

2.     Environmental and Hazardous Materials 40

3.     Electrical Fundamentals 53

4.     Electrical Circuits and Ohm’s Law 64

5.     Series Circuits 72

6.     Parallel Circuits 80

7.     Series–Parallel Circuits 89

8.     Circuit Testers and Digital Meters 97

9.     Oscilloscopes and Graphing Multimeters 118

10.  Automotive Wiring and Wire Repair 127

11.  Wiring Schematics and Circuit Testing 143

12.  Capacitance and Capacitors 163

13.  Magnetism and Electromagnetism 170

14.  Electronic Fundamentals 185

15.  Computer Fundamentals 206

16.  CAN and Network Communications 216

17.  Batteries 235

18.  Battery Testing and Service 245

19.  Cranking System 261

20.  Cranking System Diagnosis and Service 274

21.  Charging System 290

22.  Charging System Diagnosis and Service 304

23.  Lighting and Signaling Circuits 326

24.  Driver Information and Navigation Systems 353

25.  Horn, Wiper, and Blower Motor Circuits 382

26.  Accessory Circuits 397

27.  Airbag and Pretensioner Circuits 434

28.  Audio System Operation and Diagnosis 450


Appendix 1 Sample Electrical (A6) ASE-type Certification Test with Answers 469

Appendix 2 2013 NATEF Correlation Chart 473

Glossary 477

Index 486

Published by Pearson (January 5th 2016) - Copyright © 2017