Light and Heavy Vehicle Technology, Fourth Edition, provides a complete text and reference to the design, construction and operation of the many and varied components of modern motor vehicles, including the knowledge needed to service and repair them. This book provides incomparable coverage of both cars and heavier vehicles, featuring over 1000 illustrations.
This new edition has been brought fully up to date with modern practices and designs, whilst maintaining the information needed to deal with older vehicles. Two entirely new sections of the book provide a topical introduction to alternative power sources and fuels, and battery-electric, hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles. More information on the latest developments in fuel injection, diesel engines and transmissions has also been added. An expanded list of technical abbreviations now contains over 200 entries - a useful resource for professional technicians in their day-to-day work.
This book is an essential textbook for all students of automotive engineering, particularly on IMI / C&G 4000 series and BTEC courses and provides all the underpinning knowledge required for NVQs to level 3. By bridging the gap between basic and more advanced treatments of the subject, it also acts as a useful source of information for experienced technicians and technically minded motorists, and will help them to improve their knowledge and skills.
1. The reciprocating piston petrol engine 2. The diesel engine 3. Combustion chambers and processes 4. Engine lubrication 5. Engine cooling, vehicle heating and climate control 6. Carburation and fuel injection 7. Intake and exhaust systems 8. Diesel fuel injection systems 9. Forced induction 10. Ignition and starter systems 11. Engine emission control 12. Rotary piston engines 13. Clutches 14. Layshaft gearboxes 15. Fluid couplings and torque converters 16. Epicyclic gearboxes 17. Semi- and automatic transmission systems 18. Overdrive gears 19. Drive lines 20. Final drives and rear axles 21. Four-wheel drive systems 22. Tyres, road wheels and hubs 23. Suspension systems 24. Manual steering 25. Power-assisted steering systems 26. Four wheel steering systems 27. Hydraulic brake systems 28. Air and endurance brake systems 29, Anti-lock brakes and traction control 30. Vehicle structures and aerodynamics 31. Alternative power sources and fuels 32. Battery-electric, hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles