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Automobile Electrical and Electronic Systems, 4th ed

4th Edition

By Tom Denton

© 2012 – Routledge

708 pages

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Paperback: 9780080969428
pub: 2012-02-20

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This textbook will help you learn all the skills you need to pass Level 3 Vehicle Electrical and Electronic Systems courses or related modules from City and Guilds, IMI Awards and BTEC. It is also ideal for ASE, AUR and higher level qualifications.

As electrical and electronic systems become increasingly more complex and fundamental to the workings of modern vehicles, understanding these systems is essential for automotive technicians. For students new to the subject, this book will help to develop this knowledge, but will also assist experienced mechanics in keeping up with recent technological advances. This new edition includes information on developments in hybrid car technology, GPS, multiplexing, and electronic stability/vehicle dynamics control. In full colour and covering the latest course specifications, this is the guide that no student enrolled on an automotive maintenance and repair course should be without.

Designed to make learning easier, this book contains:

  • Photographs, flow charts, quick reference tables, overview descriptions and step-by-step instructions
  • Case studies to help you put the principles covered into real-life context
  • Useful margin features throughout, including definitions, key facts and ‘safety first’ considerations


'A clear, concise text supported with clear diagrams and colour photographs. Key facts are included which are useful for quick revision and modern technologies are embraced.' David Symes, Exeter College

'An excellent book with detailed explanations and diagrams. It helps the learners to understand modern vehicle technology and presents it in a visually appealing format. It can be used for in depth research or to give a brief overview of a particular topic. I will highly recommend this book to my learners and set home study tasks around it.' Simon Ennew, Middlesbrough College

'An excellent resource with colour content and questions section for revision.' Peter Saynor, Accrington and Rossendale College

'Up to date, well laid out and easy to read, providing a comprehensive insight into vehicle electrical and electronic systems.' Christopher Kirman, Milton Keynes College

Table of Contents

Development of the Automobile Electrical System. Electrical and Electronic Principles. Tools and Test Equipment. Electrical Systems and Circuits. Batteries. Charging Systems. Starting Systems. Ignition Systems. Electronic Fuel Control. Engine Management. Lighting. Auxiliaries. Monitoring and Instrumentation. Air Conditioning. Chassis Electrical Systems. Comfort and Safety. Electric and Hybrid Vehicles. New Developments in Electric Vehicles. Learning Activities. Practical Activities

About the Author

Tom Denton is the leading UK automotive author with a teaching career spanning lecturer to head of automotive engineering in a large college. His nine automotive textbooks published since 1995 are bestsellers and led to his authoring of the Automotive Technician Training multimedia products published in 2003/4 in the UK and Asia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TRANSPORTATION / Automotive / Repair & Maintenance