Auto Upkeep (4th Edition © 2018) – Textbook and Workbook Set with eBook

4th Edition now available! Auto Upkeep is an introductory automotive book that provides the fundamental knowledge and experience in owning and maintaining an automobile. Buy the hardcover textbook, paperback workbook, and eBook set bundled for the most versatility and best value.


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Auto Upkeep Textbook

From choosing an insurance policy to performing basic maintenance and repair, Auto Upkeep is the do-it-yourself automotive guide for the driver in you. Auto Upkeep helps keep you safe and your vehicle reliable by providing easy-to-follow information with detailed pictures and drawings. Discover how to choose a quality repair facility, buy a car, handle roadside emergencies, diagnose common problems, and communicate effectively with technicians all while saving money.

Auto Upkeep: Maintenance, Light Repair, Auto Ownership, and How Cars Work is an introductory book that is intended to provide individuals with the knowledge to make economical decisions and take preventative measures to enhance the overall satisfaction of being an automotive consumer. The textbook and workbook activities provide the fundamental knowledge and experience in owning and maintaining an automobile.

Updates to the 4th Edition

Auto Upkeep has undergone an extensive revision with over 300 new illustrations and 88 additional pages. This edition continues to focus on what every car owner should know and be able to do, while also introducing students to the rapidly advancing field of automotive technology. By learning how cars work, students develop a solid automotive foundation. They can continue to build upon this foundation, if they choose to become a technician, or use their knowledge throughout life as an educated consumer.

ASE Education (NATEF) Correlations

The Auto Upkeep curriculum correlates to the entry level tasks within the 2017 National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Maintenance and Light Repair task list.

Textbook Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction and How Cars Work
Chapter 2 Buying an Automobile
Chapter 3 Automotive Expenses
Chapter 4 Repair Facilities
Chapter 5 Safety Around the Automobile
Chapter 6 Tools and Equipment
Chapter 7 Auto Care and Cleaning
Chapter 8 Fluid Level Check
Chapter 9 Electrical System
Chapter 10 Lubrication System
Chapter 11 Fuel System
Chapter 12 Cooling System and Climate Control
Chapter 13 Ignition System
Chapter 14 Suspension, Steering, and Tires
Chapter 15 Braking System
Chapter 16 Drivetrain
Chapter 17 Exhaust and Emission System
Chapter 18 Alternative Fuels and Designs
Chapter 19 Automotive Accessories
Chapter 20 Common Problems and Roadside Emergencies

Auto Upkeep Workbook

The Auto Upkeep Workbook was created to work as an extension of the Auto Upkeep Textbook (see related products). The workbook contains 40 Internet-based and hands-on activities that are extensions of each chapter of the textbook. The workbook chapters each include objectives, online resources, key search words, up to five Internet-based or hands-on activities, study questions, and journal questions. The activities list necessary tools, supplies, and step-by-step instructions with illustrations.

By completing the Auto Upkeep Textbook and Workbook you will learn how to choose a quality repair facility, buy a car, handle roadside emergencies, diagnose common problems, and communicate effectively with technicians – all while saving money.

40 Hands-on and Internet-based Activities By Chapter

Chapter 1

Car Identification Activity – Identify an automobile by make, model, year, and type.
Owners Manual Activity – Locate and use an online owners manual.

Chapter 2

Buying a New Automobile Activity – Differentiate between MSRP, dealer invoice, and dealer cost.
Buying a Used Automobile Activity – Research prices, reliability ratings, recalls, technical service bulletins, and safety ratings.

Chapter 3

Automotive Expenses Activity – Calculate automotive expenses.

Chapter 4

Repair Facilities Activity – Choose a quality repair facility. Interpret a repair invoice.

Chapter 5

Automotive Safety Activity – Identify the location of emergency and safety equipment.
Safety Data Sheets – Locate and interpret a safety data sheet.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and Fire Safety Activity – Identify the importance of using personal protection equipment and research fire safety.

Chapter 6

Tools and Equipment Activity – Identify basic tools and equipment that are used in automotive shops.
Service Manual Activity – Navigate an online service manual.

Chapter 7

Interior Cleaning Activity – Clean the inside of a vehicle.
Exterior Cleaning Activity – Clean the outside of a vehicle.
Waxing Activity – Wax the finish on a vehicle.

Chapter 8

Fluid Level Check Activity – Safely check the fluid level in various vehicle components.

Chapter 9

Ohms Law Activity – Use Ohms Law to calculate volts, amps, or ohms.
Wiring Diagram Activity – Locate and interpret a wiring diagram.
Battery Activity – Safely clean and test the battery.
Charging Activity – Safely test the alternator.
Starting Activity – Safely test the starter.

Chapter 10

Oil and Filter Change Activity – Safely change the oil and filter on a vehicle.

Chapter 11

Fuel System Part Identification Activity – Use an online auto parts catalog to identify fuel system parts.
Fuel System Maintenance Activity – Change the air filter, PCV valve, and fuel filter.

Chapter 12

Air Conditioning Activity – Inspect and identify the components within the air conditioning system.
Cabin Air Filter Activity – Replace the cabin air filter on a vehicle.
Cooling System Activity – Safely test, inspect, and service the cooling system. Observe thermostat operation.

Chapter 13

Ignition System Activity – Install spark plugs. Inspect, test, and install spark plug wires. Inspect and install distributor cap and rotor on distributor systems.

Chapter 14

Suspension and Steering Activity – Safely inspect and perform basic service procedures on suspension and steering components.
Tire Inspection and Rotation Activity – Safely inspect tires for wear and rotate tires.

Chapter 15

Brake Inspection Activity – Safely inspect disc brakes.

Chapter 16

Drivetrain Activity – Safely inspect drivetrain components.

Chapter 17

Exhaust and Emissions Activity – Safely inspect exhaust and emission components.

Chapter 18

Payback Period Activity – Calculate payback period.
Future Vehicle Activity – Predict the role of automobiles in 2050.

Chapter 19

Automotive Accessories Activity – Estimate the cost of accessories for a vehicle.

Chapter 20

Changing a Flat Tire Activity – Safely change a spare tire.
Jump-Starting Activity – Safely jump-start a vehicle.
Lighting Activity – Replace various lights on a vehicle.
Replacing Wipers Activity – Replace wipers on a vehicle.
On-Board Diagnostics Activity – Retrieve diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) from an OBD II system.


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