The Car Care Book, 4th Edition

  • Ron Haefner Columbus High School
  • ISBN-10: 1428342958  |  ISBN-13: 9781428342958
  • 496 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004, 1988, 1983
  • © 2010 | Published
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Consumers typically face three main challenges when it comes to understanding their automobiles: the technologies underlying the car’s major systems, the basics of inspection and maintenance, and the financial aspects of owning and operating an automobile. In this updated edition, The Car Care Book, 4th Edition explores these areas, using the very latest automobile technology to provide an accurate, current context for learning. The book first breaks each section of the car into systems and subsystems to help the reader digest important concepts. Coverage then progresses to include the common tools needed to perform car maintenance and minor repairs, as well as building a preventive maintenance program. Concluding with a section on financial issues, from buying and selling to insurance considerations to the benefits of leasing, this resource provides a thorough and comprehensive overview of basic automobile care.

Features and Benefits

  • An all-new chapter on electric and hybrid vehicles discusses these emerging technologies, including basic maintenance and important safety considerations
  • Broad, general coverage avoids model-specific content so the concepts are accessible and applicable for a wide audience of readers
  • Short, concise chapters deliver content in manageable chunks that are modular in format for flexible classroom presentation or self-study learning

Table of Contents

What makes the Wheels Go Round?
Tooling Up.
The Engine.
The Fuel System.
The Electrical System.
The Lubrication and Cooling System.
The Drivetrain.
Tires and Brakes.
Suspension and Steering.
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Optional Equipment.
Your Maintenance Program.
A Look at Repairs.
The Repair-It/Replace-It Decision.
Buying Tips for Parts and Insurance.
Buying a New Car.

What's New

  • Detailed illustrations and photos depict the components of the car and their locations, with cutaway views of the inside of various key systems for enhanced comprehension


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource  (ISBN-10: 142834294X | ISBN-13: 9781428342941)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ron Haefner

Ron Haefner teaches automotive technology at Columbus High School in Columbus, Nebraska. He earned two bachelor of science degrees, one in industrial technology and the other in industrial education, as well as a master of science in industrial education. As an automotive instructor, Haefner¿s record is exceptional -- his students have been winners of manufacturer-sponsored state and national skills contests on nine separate occasions. Haefner also wrote The Car Care Book, Third Edition (Thomson Delmar Learning, 2004).