Manual Drivetrains and Axles (8e) : 9780134628363

Manual Drivetrains and Axles (8e)

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Prepare tomorrow’s automotive professionals for success.

Manual Drivetrains and Axles, 8th Edition, provides a complete, state-of-the-art source on the operating principles, as well as the service and repair procedures, for manual drivetrains and axles, and includes the practical skills that students must master to be successful in the industry. The book 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 the new edition includes new case studies, new Tech Tips, additional information on spur-type gears, a conventional global electrical symbol chart, and a new FAQ.

Table of contents
  • Chapter 1 Service Information, Tools, and Safety
  • Chapter 2 Environmental and Hazardous Materials
  • Chapter 3 Introduction to Drivetrains
  • Chapter 4 Clutch Parts and Operation
  • Chapter 5 Clutch Diagnosis and Service
  • Chapter 6 Manual Transmissions Parts and Operation
  • Chapter 7 Manual Transaxle Parts and Operation
  • Chapter 8 Manual Transmission/Transaxle Diagnosis and Service
  • Chapter 9 Drive Shafts and CV Joints
  • Chapter 10 Drive Axle Shaft and CV Joint Service
  • Chapter 11 Wheel Bearings and Service
  • Chapter 12 Drive Axles and Differentials
  • Chapter 13 Drive Axle and Differential Diagnosis and Service
  • Chapter 14 Drivetrain Electricity and Electronics
  • Chapter 15 Four-Wheel and All-Wheel Drive
  • Chapter 16 Four-Wheel Drive Diagnosis and Service
  • Chapter 17 Vibration and Noise Diagnosis and Correction
  • Appendix 1 Sample ASE-Type Certification Test
  • 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:

  • Additional information on spur-type gears is included in Chapter 3.

  • A new conventional and global electrical symbol chart has been added to Chapter 14.

  • Chapter 17 includes a new FAQ and a new Tech Tip.

  • Over 40 new or enhanced full-color photos and line drawings have been added to help make the subjects come alive.

  • New case studies have been added to many chapters that include the “Three Cs” (Concern, Cause, and Correction).

  • 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.

  • 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 40 new or enhanced full-colour photos and line drawings have been added to help make the subjects 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 summarise 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:

  • 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.

  • NEW! New case studies have been added to many chapters that include the “Three Cs” (Concern, Cause, and Correction).

  • 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.

  • NEW! Chapter 17 includes a new FAQ and a new Tech Tip.

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:

  • NEW! Additional information on spur-type gears is included in Chapter 3.

  • NEW! A new conventional and global electrical symbol chart has been added to Chapter 14.

  • 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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