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Automotive Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
CDX Master Automotive Technician Series

Author(s): Joseph Wagner
Kirk VanGelder
  • ISBN-13: 9781284119244
  • Paperback    368 pages      © 2019
Price: $89.95 US List
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Automotive Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning is an authoritative guide in the CDX Master Automotive Technician Series that teaches students everything they need to know about mobile HVAC, from basic system design and operation to strategy-based diagnostics. The text combines tried-and-true techniques with information on the latest technology so that students can successfully diagnose and fix any mobile HVAC problems they encounter in the shop.

  • Outcome focused with clear learning objectives, assessments, and seamless coordination with task sheets
  • Covers the history and evolution of mobile HVAC systems, as well as emerging technologies
  • Explains system operation using the “Refrigerant Cycle,” which helps students understand the purpose of each component
  • Structured in modules to build on existing knowledge for a complete understanding of mobile HVAC systems
  • Prepares students for a career in automotive repair with important safety procedures, proper tool use, explanatory illustrations, charts, and technician tips
  • Offers instructors an intuitive, methodical course structure and helpful support tools

Engaging and accessible, this text equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful, certified mobile HVAC technicians.

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Suitable for courses on automotive and mobile heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system service and repair.

Chapter  1  Strategy-Based Diagnostics
Chapter  2  History and Safety Procedures of Mobile HVAC Systems
Chapter  3  Operating Principles, Heat Transfer and Temperature/Pressure Relationship
Chapter  4  Refrigeration Cycle and Basic Component Operation
Chapter  5  Environmental and Legal Concerns and Responsibilities
Chapter  6  HVAC System Tools for System Repairs
Chapter  7  AC Refrigerant and Refrigerant Oil
Chapter  8  AC Compressor Design, Operation and Controls
Chapter  9  Restrictions, Accumulators and Driers
Chapter  10  Heat Exchangers, Hoses, Lines, Fittings and Seals
Chapter  11  AC System Inspection, Diagnosis and Repair
Chapter  12  AC System Recovery, Recycling, Evacuation and Recharge
Chapter  13  Thermal Management Systems and Components
Chapter  14  Thermal Management System Inspection, Diagnosis and Repair
Chapter  15  Air Distribution and Control System Operation
Chapter  16  Air Management and Control System Inspection, Diagnosis and Repair
Chapter  17  Emerging Mobile HVAC and Thermal Management Technology

Joseph Wagner

Joseph Wagner has over 25 years of experience teaching technicians the skills they need to be successful in the shop. Prior to teaching full time, he worked as a Volkswagen Master Technician and a Chevrolet Master Technician, as well as a shop foreman, service writer, parts consultant, and assistant manager. He has an AAS in Automotive Service Technology from Joliet Junior College, a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Governors State University, and a Masters of Education specializing in CTE from Concordia University. He is a member of the Mobile Air Conditioning Society, North American Council of Automotive Teachers, and the Illinois College Automotive Instructors Association. He lives south of Chicago with his wife and children.

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Kirk VanGelder

Kirk T. VanGelder is a Certified Automotive Technology Instructor at Cascadia Technical Academy, in Vancouver, Washington. With over 30 years of teaching experience at the high school and college level, Kirk encourages students to think critically, learn how to ask questions of themselves, and then search out the answers. In addition to Fundamentals of Automotive Technology: Principles and Practice, he is the author of Fundamentals of Maintenance and Light Repair. He is passionate about helping students understand the science behind automotive technology so that they can continuously embrace emerging systems and technologies in the quickly changing automotive industry.

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