TechOne: Automotive Electricity & Electronics, 1st Edition



How things work, why we test objects as we do, and what the test instruments tell us are all part of the foundation for this new book on automotive electricity and electronics. Completely up-to-date coverage emphasizes the fundamentals of electronics, setting the stage for smooth progression through more advanced topics such as batteries, starting and charging systems, ignitions, and electrical accessories. Testing is accomplished with common shop tools as well as highly technical equipment. Each chapter is written in a clear and concise fashion that is easy to follow, with current J1930 terminology incorporated throughout.

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Features and Benefits

  • each section has a set of NATEF-oriented objectives that will help new students understand and meet certification standards
  • new vehicle systems and technologies are examined, including digital storage oscilloscopes and current probe use
  • fundamentals of computer controls and the equipment used in testing them round out the up-to-date content
  • ASE-style exam and other review questions at the end of each chapter verify the reader's comprehension of material

Table of Contents

Safe Working Practices. Working As An Electricity/Electronics Technician. CIRCUIT FUNDAMENTALS AND BASIC TEST EQUIPMENT.
Voltage, Current and Resistance.Circuits. Voltmeters. Ammeters. Ohmmeters.
Circuits That Do Work. Analyzing Series Circuits. Analyzing Parallel Circuits. Series-Parallel Circuits. Control Circuits. Diagnosing Open Circuits. Diagnosing Short Circuits. Servicing Open and Short Circuits.
Digital Storage Oscilloscopes. DSO Trigger and Slope. Reading and Interpreting a DSO Pattern. Using a Current Probe With a DSO. Using the DSO’s Multiple Trace Capability.
Solid State Devices. Electronic Control Input Devices. Diagnosing and Servicing Electronic Control Input Devices. Integrated Circuits As Input Devices. Diagnosing and Servicing Integrated Circuits. Oxygen Sensors. Diagnosing and Servicing Oxygen Sensors.
Wiring Diagram Symbols. Using the Wiring Diagram As a Service Tool.
Automotive Batteries.Diagnosing Batteries. Servicing Batteries.
Starting Systems. Solenoid Shift Starters. Diagnosing and Servicing Solenoid Shift Starting Systems. Positive Engagement Starters. Diagnosing and Servicing Positive Engagement Starting Systems. Gear Reduction Starters. Diagnosing Gear Reduction Starters. Starter Controls. Diagnosing Starting Controls. Starting System Servicing. CHARGING SYSTEMS. Charging System Overview. Field circuits. Diagnosing and Servicing the Charging System.
IGNITION SYSTEMS. Secondary Ignition. Servicing the Secondary Ignition System. Primary Ignition System. Diagnosing and Servicing Distributed Primary Ignition Systems. Distributorless Ignition Secondary Circuits. Diagnosing and Servicing Secondary Ignition On a Distributorless System. Distributorless Ignition Primary Circuits. Diagnosing and Servicing the Primary Circuit on a Distributorless.
Lighting Circuits. Diagnosing Lighting Circuits. Defogger, Horn, and Windshield Wiper Circuits. Diagnosing Defogger, Horn and Windshield Wiper Circuits. Motor Driven Accessories. Diagnosing Motor Driven Accessories.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Al Santini

Al Santini has over 35 years of experience teaching automotive electronics, including 22 years as an instructor at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Mr. Santini currently teaches technician classes on vehicle emissions, including OBD-II. In addition to holding a master's degree in technical education and ASE certification, he is an active member of the Society of Automotive Testers (SAT), the Illinois College Automotive Instructor's Association (ICAIA) and the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT), where he has been a member for 28 years.