The most complete visual guide to servicing medium- and heavy-duty truck systemsWritten by an expert with decades of experience as an automotive and diesel technician and instructor, Truck and Trailer Systems offers comprehensive information on medium- and heavy-duty truck service. The book begins by discussing the trucking industry, professional certifications, safety, tools, and measuring equipment. Then, each system is thoroughly covered--from electrical and lighting to brakes and transmissions.
Factory procedures from the most common manufacturers for diagnosis and repair are presented along with annotated photos and diagrams. This practical, authoritative resource is essential for those starting out in the field as well as experienced professionals in need of a detailed, on-the-job reference.
ObjectivesNotesCautionsService tipsPhotos and diagramsChapter reviews
Truck and Trailer Systems covers:
Industry safetyBasic electricalMagnetismBatteriesStarting systemCharging systemLighting and wiringComputer systemsMobile heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systemsTires, wheels, and wheel end systemsFrames and suspensionsSteering systemsTrailers and fifth wheelsHydraulic brake systemsAir brake foundation brakesAir brake air systemsAntilock brake systemsDrive linesClutchesDrive axlesSingle and twin countershaft manual transmissionsAutomated manual transmissionsAutomatic transmissionsAllison transmission overhaulPMIAuxiliary power units
Mike Thomas has more than 30 years' experience as an Auto/Diesel Technician. He is a Graduate of Denver Automotive and Diesel College and Joliet Junior College AAS Degree. Thomas is ASE Certified as a Master Automotive Technician, Master Medium/Heavy Duty Diesel Truck Technician, L1 Automobile Advanced Engine Performance, and L2 Advanced Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnostics. He has been teaching auto and diesel classes for more than 15 years. Thomas was an Auto/Diesel curriculum developer for Universal Technical Institute (UTI) for three years. At Arizona Automotive Institute, he created the entire 60-week Diesel Program, including course materials, PowerPoint presentations, lab sheets, and quizzes.
Ch 1: Introduction into the Trucking Industry Introduction and Objectives; Trucking History; Truck Manufacturers; Truck Classifications; Trucking Industry Careers; Changes to the Industry; Technician Certifications; Review Ch 2: Safety General Safety; Fire Safety; OSHA; HAZMAT/MSDS Ch 3: Tools and Measuring Equipment Hand Tools; Micrometers and Precision Measuring Tools; Shop Air and Hydraulic Tools; Shop Lifting Tools and Support Stands; Lifting and Rigging Ch 4: Basic Electrical Ohm's Law; Meter Familiarization; Voltage Drops; Electrical Circuits; Magnetism; Components Ch 5: Batteries Ch 6: The Starting System Ch 7: The Charging System Ch 8: Lighting and Wiring Ch 9: Computer Systems Ch 10: Advanced Computer Systems Ch 11: Mobile HVAC Ch 12: Tires and Wheel Systems Ch 13: Wheel Ends Ch 14: Frame and Suspensions Ch 15: Steering Systems Ch 16: Trailers and Fifth Wheels Ch 17: Hydraulic Brakes Ch 18: Air Brake Foundation Brakes Ch 19: Air Brake Air System Ch 20: Anti-Lock Brake Systems Ch 21: Air System Accessories Ch 22: Drive Lines Ch 23: Clutches Ch 24: Drive Axles Ch 25: Single Countershaft Manual Transmissions Ch 26: Twin Countershaft Manual Transmissions Ch 27: Automated Manual Transmissions Ch 28: Automatic Transmissions Ch 29: Allison Automatic Transmissions