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Classroom Manual. Preface. 1. Introduction to Automotive Electrical and Electronic Systems. 2. Basic Theories. 3. Electrical and Electronic Components. 4. Wiring and Circuit Diagrams. 5. Automotive Batteries. 6. Starting Systems and Motor Designs. 7. Charging Systems. 8. Introduction to The Body Computer. 9. Computer Inputs. 10. Vehicle Communication Networks. 11. Lighting Circuits. 12. Instrumentation and Warning Lamps. 13. Accessories. 14. Radio Frequency and Infotainment Systems. 15. Passive Restraint and Vehicle Safety Systems. 16. Vehicles with Alternative Power Sources. Glossary of Terms. Index. Shop Manual. Preface. 1. Safety. 2. Special Tools and Procedures. 3. Basic Electrical Troubleshooting and Service. 4. Wiring Repair and Reading Circuit Diagrams. 5. Battery Diagnosis and Service. 6. Starting System Diagnosis and Service. 7. Charging System Testing and Service. 8. Body Computer System Diagnosis. 9. Sensor Diagnostic Routines. 10. Vehicle Multiplexing Diagnostics. 11. Lighting Circuits Repair and Diagnosis. 12. Instrumentation and Warning Lamp System Diagnosis and Repair. 13. Electrical Accessories Diagnosis and Repair. 14. Servicing Radio Frequency and Infotainment Systems. 15. Servicing Passive Restraint and Vehicle Safety Systems. 16. Hybrid and High-Voltage System Service. Appendix A: ASE Practice Examination. Appendix B: Metric Conversions. Appendix C: Electrical and Electronic Special Tool Suppliers. Glossary of Terms. Index.

About the Author

Barry Hollembeak has been involved in the automotive repair industry for more than 40 years and has provided technical training to dealership technicians for 20 years. Mr. Hollembeak entered the automotive technology field in 1974 as a service technician, working in both fleet and independent repair shops before opening his own repair facility. After selling his business and retiring as a technician, he became an instructor and author, teaching automotive technology at the post-secondary level for five years and serving as director of education for two years. Mr. Hollembeak then entered manufacturer training. He currently owns his own training development company, which provides both written training materials and eLearning courses to the aftermarket automotive repair industry. Mr. Hollembeak is a Master and Advanced Engine Performance Certified Technician with ASE; serves as an advisory board member for Arapahoe Community College's automotive technology program; and is involved with the College Automotive Program, AYES, and SkillsUSA. Mr. Hollembeak has been a guest speaker for NATEF, CATS, and several other organizations.


The series includes essential and extensive coverage of the fundamental topics required for automotive electrical training. The content in the classroom and shop manual progresses from simple to more complex. The series provides the instructor with enough flexibility to determine the depth of coverage for any particular topic based on student or course needs.
The test procedures found in the shop manual are great and give step-by-step instructions on performing specific tests. This is helpful when I can't get around to all groups in lab, they can always reference the book.
The text is very in-depth, which I love because it covers everything students need (plus a lot more) but allows me as the instructor to learn more than what the students need to know so I can answer obscure questions they may have.

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