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Fundamentals of Automotive Technology
Principles and Practice

Author(s): CDX Automotive
  • ISBN-13: 9781449671082
  • Product With Access Code    2026 pages      © 2014
Price: $174.95 US List
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Based on the latest National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Automobile Accreditation Model and Task Lists for MLR, AST, and MAST levels, Fundamentals of Automotive Technology offers comprehensive coverage of every task with clarity and precision in a concise format that ensures student comprehension and encourages critical thinking. Automotive technicians needs to know how to safely and effectively perform maintenance, diagnose, and repair automobiles. Fundamentals of Automotive Technology provides all of the critical knowledge and skills necessary for technicians to perform these essential tasks.

The text features an unrivalled focus on diagnostics to help students build diagnostic skills that will be required in the shop. Additionally, CDX Automotive’s renowned Know-See-Do-Prove instructional methodology is reinforced throughout the text with icons so that students always know where they are in the learning process.

Fundamentals of Automotive Technology features:

  • A Companion Website access code packaged free with each printed text that features an audiobook in MP3 format, chapter pretests, case studies, and more.
  • Hundreds of Skill Drills provide written, step-by-step instructions and visual summaries of important skills and procedures.
  • You are the Technician case studies open each chapter. These cases encourage active learning, promote critical-thinking skills, and help students make the connection between cognitive information presented in the text and real-life situations.
  • Applied Math, Science, and Communication boxes simplify critical academic concepts and help students apply these concepts in the shop.
  • Technician Tips supplement chapters with advice from expect technicians and key tricks of the trade.
  • NATEF Tasks, Knowledge Objectives, and Skills Objectives open each chapter to help students and instructors know exactly what is being covered.
  • A bulleted wrap-up, key terms, and ASE-Type Questions conclude each chapter. 
  Section 1. Safety and Foundation
  Chapter 1. Careers in Automotive Technology
  Chapter 2. Introduction to Automotive Technology
  Chapter 3. Introduction to Automotive Safety
  Chapter 4. Personal Safety
  Chapter 5. Vehicle, Customer, and Service Information
  Chapter 6. Tools and Equipment
  Chapter 7. Vehicle Protection and Jack and Lift Safety
  Chapter 8. Vehicle Maintenance Inspection
  Chapter 9. Communication
  Section 2. Engine Repair
  Chapter 10. Engine Mechanical Testing
  Chapter 11. Engine Removal and Replacement
  Chapter 12. Cylinder Head Components
  Chapter 13. Engine Block Components
  Chapter 14. Engine Machining
  Chapter 15. Engine Assembly
  Section 3. Automatic Transmission
  Chapter 16. Automatic Transmission Fundamentals
  Chapter 17. Hydraulic Fundamentals
  Chapter 18. Hydraulically Controlled Transmission
  Chapter 19. Electronically Controlled Transmission
  Chapter 20. Servicing the Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
  Chapter 21. Hybrid and Continuously Variable Transmissions
  Section 4. Manual Transmission
  Chapter 22. Manual Transmission/Transaxle Principles
  Chapter 23. Clutch System
  Chapter 24. Manual Transmissions/Transaxles Basic Diagnosis and Preventive Maintenance
  Chapter 25. Drive Train Components
  Chapter 26. Basic Drive Layouts
  Section 5. Steering and Suspension
  Chapter 27. Servicing Wheels
  Chapter 28. Servicing Steering Systems
  Chapter 29. Servicing Suspension Systems
  Section 6. Brakes
  Chapter 30. Principles of Braking
  Chapter 31. Hydraulics and Power Brakes
  Chapter 32. Disc Brake Systems
  Chapter 33. Drum Brake Systems
  Chapter 34. Wheel Bearings
  Chapter 35. Electronic Brake Control
  Section 7. Electric
  Chapter 36. Principles of Electrical Systems
  Chapter 37. Meter Usage and Circuit Diagnosis
  Chapter 38. Batteries, Starting, and Charging Systems
  Chapter 39. Lighting Systems
  Chapter 40. Body Electric System
  Section 8. Heating and Air Conditioning
  Chapter 41. Principles of Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems
  Chapter 42. Heating and Air-Conditioning Systems and Servicing
  Chapter 43. Electronic Climate Control
  Section 9. Engine Performance
  Chapter 44. Motive Power Types—Spark-Ignition (SI) Engines
  Chapter 45. Engine Lubrication
  Chapter 46. Engine Cooling
  Chapter 47. Ignition Systems Overview
  Chapter 48. Gasoline Fuel Systems
  Chapter 49. On-Board Diagnostics
  Chapter 50. Induction and Exhaust
  Chapter 51. Emission Control
  Chapter 52. Alternate Fuel Systems
  Section 10. Diesel Engines
  Chapter 53. Compression-Ignition Engines
  Chapter 54. Diesel Fuel Systems

CDX Automotive

CDX Automotive, a division of Jones & Bartlett Learning, is a leading provider of online curriculum, assessment and reporting for automotive, truck, and bus technician training. Each media-rich program is developed utilizing the successful Know-See-Do-Prove instructional model, proven to enhance instructional effectiveness, student engagement, and learning outcomes. CDX Automotive offers a robust array of easy-to-use learning performance management tools that help schools manage and report student performance data to meet national certification and e-learning requirements.

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Instructor’s ToolKit DVD

ISBN-13: 9781449632304

Preparing for class is easy with the resources on the Instructor’s Tool Kit, including:

  • Adaptable PowerPoint presentations that provide you with a powerful way to make presentations that are educational and engaging to your students. These slides can be modified and edited to meet your needs.
  • Lecture outlines that provide you with complete, ready-to-use lecture outlines that include all of the topics covered in the text. Offered in Word Documents, the lecture outlines can be modified and customized to fit your course
  • Electronic test bank that includes multiple-choice and scenario-based questions, and allows you to originate tailor-made classroom tests and quizzes quickly and easily by selecting, editing, organizing, and printing a test along with an answer key, including page references to the text
  • Answers to all end-of-chapter student questions found in the text
  • Image and table bank that provides you with a selection of the most important images and tables found in the textbook. You can use them to incorporate more images into the PowerPoint presentations, make handouts, or enlarge a specific image for further discussion.
  • Skill sheets to help instructors track students’ skills and conduct skill proficiency exams.

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781449671082

Answers to Student Study Guide
Free with Text

Navigate Companion Website

ISBN-13: 9781449671068

The companion website is specifically designed to complement Fundamentals of Automotive Technology: Principles and Practice. This engaging companion website provides a wealth of resources that are free and available to all, including: Auto Anatomy Review, Crossword Puzzles, Flashcards, Glossary, and Ready for Review.

Your personal access code gives you special user privileges. Your access code provides free admission to additional interactive and mobile educational resources such as:

  • Audio Book in mp3 Format: Listen to your reading assignments anywhere and at any time.
  • Case Studies: Apply your knowledge using these real-world scenarios.
  • Chapter Pretests: Discover your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Anatomy of a Car: Identify automotive components and systems with these interactive figure labeling exercises.



Student Workbook

ISBN-13: 9781284059427

This Student Workbook contains exercises to reinforce what you will learn in both Fundamentals of Automotive Technology and the classroom. The Student Workbook is designed to encourage critical thinking and aid comprehension through a variety of exercises in each chapter, including:

  • ASE-Type Questions – Test your critical thinking skills and prepare for certification exams.
  • Skill Drill Activities – Test your skills with photo jumbles and caption fill-ins. Place photos in the correct order to test your knowledge of a skill and fill-in the captions to ensure that you know all the details of each step.
  • Labeling – Master visual recognition with labeling activities that test your knowledge of automotive tools, parts, and systems.
  • And More – Matching, multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and crossword puzzles.

Light Vehicle Tasksheet Manual for NATEF Proficiency, 2013 NATEF Edition

ISBN-13: 9781284026795 ISBN-10: 1284026795

The Light Vehicle Tasksheet Manual for NATEF Proficiency, 2013 NATEF Edition is designed to guide students through the tasks necessary to meet National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) requirements for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. Based on the new 2012 NATEF Automobile Accreditation Task Lists, the Second Edition identifies the level of training (Maintenance & Light Repair (MLR), Auto Service Technology (AST), and Master Auto Service Technology (MAST)) required to complete each task. This manual will assist students in demonstrating hands-on performance and proficiency in fundamentals, diagnosis, service, and repair of cars and light trucks. It can also serve as a personal portfolio of documented experience for prospective employment.

Light Vehicle Tasksheet Manual for NATEF Proficiency, 2013 NATEF Edition includes: 

  • List of required and recommended materials and equipment for each task Critical safety issues relevant to the task
  • Student Notes boxes offering vital information the student needs to consider while performing the task
  • Time Card feature to allow students to track the time they spend on each task
  • Performance rating and instructor sign-off for each task
  • A correlation guide cross-referencing the tasks with their NATEF task numbers

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