Higher Education

Automotive Service: Inspection, Maintenance and Repair, 2nd Edition

  • Tim Gilles Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California
  • ISBN-10: 1401812341  |  ISBN-13: 9781401812348
  • 1280 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1999
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $177.75



Written by an ASE Master Technician and Master Machinist, the second edition of our popular Automotive Service: Inspection, Maintenance and Repair book has been thoroughly reviewed for technical accuracy to go along with the hundreds of all-new, full-color photographs that have been added to maintain the reader's interest and improve comprehension. The book begins by introducing readers to a number of automotive career options, shop management basics, plus necessary tools and equipment. Subsequent chapters examine the theories underlying the operation of vehicle systems while equipping readers with step-by-step procedures for troubleshooting and repairing all major systems of the modern automobile. Competency-based objectives, key terms lists, activities correlated to the companion Lab Manual, plus numerous review questions call attention to important concepts presented in each chapter. Shop Tips, Safety Notes, Case Histories, Cautions, and Notes are also included as helpful sign posts for readers working to acquire the system knowledge and the critical thinking skills needed to effectively inspect, maintain, and repair all make and model vehicles.

Features and Benefits

  • all-new chapters provide access to must-know information about exciting technologies that are revolutionizing the automotive service industry including: revolutionary on-board diagnostics oanti-lock brakes ostate-of-the-art traction control othe latest in comfort and safety systems (including both passive and active restraints)
  • attention-grabbing science, math, computer, and history notes showcase the relevance of applied academics in the careers of today's successful automotive service technicians
  • organization that parallels ASE test areas, plus ASE-style questions at the end of each chapter, provides valuable preparation for readers seeking certification
  • a comprehensive, Spanish/English glossary promotes understanding, enabling readers to master the vocabulary needed for effective communication in the automotive industry

Table of Contents

The Automobile Industry. Shop Procedures, Safety, Tools, and Equipment. Vehicle Inspection (Lubrication/Safety Check). Engine Operation and Service. Cooling and Fuel System Theory and Service. Electrical System Theory and Service. Engine Performance Diagnosis: Theory and Service. Automotive Engine Service and Repair. Miscellaneous Chassis Theory and Service. Suspension, Steering, Alignment. Drive Train. Comfort Systems and Vehicle Electronics.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Text + Repair with Lab Manual

ISBN-10: 1401826946 | ISBN-13: 9781401826949

List Price = $317.95  | CengageBrain Price = $317.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $239.25

This Bundle Includes:

  • Automotive Service: Inspection, Maintenance and Repair
    List Price = $236.95  | CengageBrain Price = $236.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $177.75
  • Lab Manual
    List Price = $81.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $61.50


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.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1401812376 | ISBN-13: 9781401812379)

Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 140181235X | ISBN-13: 9781401812355)

List Price = $81.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $61.50

Student Supplements

Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 140181235X | ISBN-13: 9781401812355)

List Price = $81.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $61.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Tim Gilles

Tim Gilles has authored or co-authored several textbooks and has been active in professional associations for many years. He was president and a board member of the California Automotive Teachers (CAT), a board member and election committee chair of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT), a member of the California Community College Chancellor's Trade and Industry Advisory Committee, and education committee chair for the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Independent Automotive Professionals Association. Mr. Gilles has also served several terms as a board member of the Santa Barbara Automotive Service Council and is active in industry associations such as AERA, The Automotive Repair Coalition, and IATN, including delivering presentations at numerous conferences. He was an automotive teacher for 38 years and is professor emeritus in the Automotive Technology Department at Santa Barbara City College. Mr. Gilles holds the industry certifications of ASE Master Automotive Technician and ASE Master Engine Machinst.