Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning (8e) : 9780134603698

Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning (8e)

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For undergraduate automotive courses in Automotive Climate Control/Heating and Air Conditioning.

This book is part of the Pearson Automotive Professional Technician Series.

Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning, 8th Edition provides a complete, state-of-the-art source on automotive heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, as well as the practical skills that students must master to be successful in the industry. The text focuses on the generic theory that underlies the operation, diagnosis, and repair of the units and subassemblies found in the many makes and types of vehicles students will likely encounter in their careers. Formatted to appeal to today's technical trade students, Halderman uses helpful tips and visuals to bring concepts to life and guide students through the procedures they'll use on the job.


To keep your course current, all of the content is correlated to the latest NATEF tasks and ASE areas, and includes expanded content on R-1234yf refrigerant, a new chapter on engine coolants, a new chapter on HVAC system inspection procedures, new content on sealant filters, over 50 new full-colour line drawings and photos, new case studies in selected chapters, and more. All terms in the new edition adhere to the SAEJ1930 standard.


Table of contents
  • Chapter 1 Heating and Air-Conditioning Principles
  • Chapter 2 The Refrigeration Cycle
  • Chapter 3 Air-Conditioning Compressors and Service
  • Chapter 4 Refrigerants and Refrigerant Oils
  • Chapter 5 A/C System Components, Operation, and Service
  • Chapter 6 Air Management System
  • Chapter 7 Engine Coolant
  • Chapter 8 Cooling System Operation and Diagnosis
  • Chapter 9 Heating System Operation and Diagnosis
  • Chapter 10 HVAC Electricity and Electronics
  • Chapter 11 Automatic Temperature Control Systems
  • Chapter 12 Hybrid and Electric Vehicle HVAC Systems
  • Chapter 13 Heating and Air-Conditioning System Inspection
  • Chapter 14 Refrigerant Recovery, Recycling, and Recharging
  • Chapter 15 A/C System Diagnosis and Repair
  • Appendix 1 Sample A7 ASE Certification-Type Test with Answers
  • Appendix 2 2013 NATEF Correlation Chart
  • Glossary
  • Index
New to this edition

As a result of requests from automotive instructors and reviewers, the new Eighth Edition has been totally updated throughout to match the latest ASE/NATEF tasks and includes:

  • New chapter organization and expanded coverage.

  • Expanded content on R-1234yf refrigerant (Chapter 4).

  • Over 50 new full color line drawings and photos make the subject come alive.

  • Case studies added to selected chapters that include the “three Cs” (Concern, Cause and Correction).

  • New chapter on engine coolants (Chapter7).

  • New chapter on HVAC system inspection procedures (Chapter 13).

  • New content on sealant filters (Chapter 15).

  • All systems and components are described throughout with the following format to make learning complex systems easier:

  • Purpose and Function.

  • Parts and Operation.

  • Diagnosis and Service.

  • All terms used adhere to the SAE J1930 standard.

Features & benefits

Cover important automotive topics in a student-friendly format:

  • Present topics in short, easy-to-read chapters. The content is broken into small, manageable segments. It features twice as many chapters as competitive texts so that a topic or an entire short chapter can be assigned and taught instead of assigning individual page numbers or questions.

  • NEW! Chapter reorganisation and expanded coverage add to the text’s ease of use.

  • NEW! All systems and components are described in an easier-to-follow format:

  • Purpose and Function.

  • Parts and Operation.

  • Diagnosis and Service.

  • Explain how to diagnose faults. In addition to explaining how a system works, most chapters include diagnostic procedures and the steps needed to troubleshoot faults.

  • Demonstrate how automotive systems are connected. The theory, construction, diagnosis, and service of a particular component or system are presented together, in one location. All of the information that students need to understand a topic is included when it is presented, so there is no need to search through the book for other references to the same topic.

  • Deliver the most up-to-date standards content. All content in the book has been updated and correlated to the latest NATEF tasks and ASE areas.

Bring the subject to life and facilitate learning:

  • Engaging art programs support today’s visual learner:

    • Visualise concepts with full-colour photos and line drawings. Photos and line drawings complement the text. The photos show the actual parts involved so that the student can view a good or defective part. The line drawings allow the reader to see what is inside a component and how it works.

    • NEW! Over 50 new full-colour line drawings and photos make the subject come alive.

    • Break a task down using step-by-step photos. Step-by-step photo sequences detail the steps involved in performing a specific task or service procedure.

  • Make reading, studying, and content mastery easier. Every chapter includes bulleted and numbered lists to summarize concepts or the steps in a procedure, while the design for main and sub-headings makes it easier to grasp the scope of the chapter. Finally, each chapter ends with a Summary, Review Questions, and a Quiz.

  • Help students prepare for their professional career:

    • Prepare for the ASE Certification exam. The textbook and workbook page numbers are listed in the NATEF correlation guides to make learning and teaching easier.

    • Provide learning goals based on NATEF tasks. Each chapter opens with a list of Learning Objectives based on specific NATEF tasks.

Illustrate important concepts using real-world examples:

  • NEW! Case studies have been added to selected chapters that include the “three Cs,” Concern, Cause, and Correction.

  • Offer the perspective of a technician and automotive instructor. The author delivers the point-of-view of a technician and automotive instructor rather than an engineer, technical writer, or salesperson.

  • Present real situations. Real World Fix boxes present students with actual service scenarios and show how the problems were diagnosed and repaired.

  • Alert students to potential safety hazards. Safety Tips alert students to possible hazards on the job.

  • Give practical advice. Tech Tips offer real-world advice from ASE-certified master technicians.

  • Answer Frequently Asked Questions. Based on the author’s own experience, FAQs provide answers to questions often asked by students and beginning service technicians.

Guide students through on-the-job situations with practical advice:

  • Give students a greater understanding of a specific task. Notes provide additional technical information.

  • Limit potential damage to the vehicle. Cautions alert students to potential damage to the vehicle that can occur during a specific service procedure.

  • Limit potential harm to the technician. Warnings alert students to potential harm that may occur to the technician during a specific service procedure.

Keep your course current with information on the latest technologies, including:

  • NEW! Expanded content on R-1234yf refrigerant (Chapter 4).

  • NEW! A new chapter on engine coolants (Chapter 7).

  • NEW! A new chapter on HVAC system inspection procedures (Chapter 13).

  • NEW! New content on sealant filters (Chapter 15).

  • NEW! All terms used adhere to the SAE J1930 standard.

Author biography

Jim Halderman brings a world of experience, knowledge, and talent to his work. His automotive service experience includes working as a flat-rate technician, a business owner, and a professor of automotive technology at a leading U.S. community college for more than 20 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio Northern University and a Master’s degree in Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Jim also holds a U.S. Patent for an electronic transmission control device. He is an ASE certified Master Automotive Technician and is also Advanced Engine Performance (L1) ASE certified. Jim is the author of many automotive textbooks, all published by Pearson Education. Jim has presented numerous technical seminars to national audiences, including the California Automotive Teachers (CAT) and the Illinois College Automotive Instructor Association (ICAIA). He is also a member and presenter at the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT). Jim was also named Regional Teacher of the Year by General Motors Corporation and a member of the advisory committee for the department of technology at Ohio Northern University.

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