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Automotive Repair

Take a look at the automotive repair industry, which encompasses car and truck maintenance and servicing. Automotive repair involves anything that requires service on a vehicle, covering its engine, transmission, drive train, axles, suspension, steering, tires, brakes, electronic system, heating and air conditioning, exhaust system, fuel line and tank, lights, and sensors. Repairs to the body of the vehicle—as is needed if it has been in an accident—is often handled by auto shops specializing in that type of restoration, known as body shops.

Automotive repair is most often done by professional mechanics in an automotive garage or the service department of a dealership, but many people choose to service their own cars and trucks—particularly for minor issues like oil changes and fluid replacement. The complexity of modern automotive systems that utilize integrated computer and electronic systems has made it more difficult for amateur mechanics to fix their own cars and trucks. Industry professionals working in private garages or at dealerships use sophisticated diagnostic equipment to determine what service is needed and the parts to use.

Vehicles come with industry manufacturer‒recommended service schedules, outlining what needs to be done, and when, in order to avoid costly repairs. This sort of service is called preventive maintenance

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Automotive Repair Resources

Gale provides scholarly resources to dive into auto repair, including databases and eBooks.


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Gale eBooks

The Gale library offers a variety of eBooks covering a wide range of topics, including electronics, guides, and more. Users can add Gale eBooks to a customized collection and cross-search to pinpoint the article most relevant to the topic. Workflow tools help users easily share, save, and download content.

  • Bosch Automotive Electrics and Automotive Electronics, 5th Edition

    Bosch Automotive Electrics and Automotive Electronics, 5th Edition

    Springer | 2014 | ISBN-13: 9783658017842

    This is a complete reference guide to vehicle electrics and electronics. The new edition is the definitive reference for auto engineers, compiled by one of the world’s largest automotive equipment suppliers. It includes new and updated material. As in previous editions, topics are covered in a concise and descriptive way and are accompanied by diagrams, graphs, photographs, and tables, enabling the reader to better comprehend the subject. The fifth edition revises the classic topics of vehicle electrical systems, such as system architecture, control, components, and sensors. There’s now greater detail on the latest electronics and their application in the motor vehicle, including electrical energy management, and the publication discusses the topic of intersystem networking within the vehicle. It also describes the concept of hybrid drive, a topic that’s particularly current due to its ability to reduce fuel consumption and therefore carbon dioxide emissions. This publication will benefit automotive and design engineers, automotive technicians in training, and garage and dealership mechanics and technicians. It may also be of interest to teachers, lecturers, and students at vocational colleges, and do-it-yourself enthusiasts.​

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  • Idiot's Guides: Auto Repair and Maintenance, 1st Edition

    Idiot's Guides: Auto Repair and Maintenance, 1st Edition

    Alpha Books | 2015 | ISBN-13: 9781615647637

    As today's cars continue to become more complicated and complex, the cost to fix them has continued to climb. However, with some basic knowledge and a little know-how, many of the most expensive repairs can be avoided by simple, regular service, or relatively inexpensive repairs can be done with a few tools, the right parts, and step-by-step instructions. Car expert, Dave Stribling, has seen every repair in the book. In Idiot's Guides: Auto Repair and Maintenance, he arms readers with the knowledge they'll need to troubleshoot and diagnose common problems and make simple fixes that are universal to most makes and models. Dozens of step-by-step, full-color photos and illustrations make do-it-yourself (DIY) car repairs and maintenance so much easier. When the time comes to take the car to the auto repair shop or dealership, Dave provides readers with the knowledge they'll need to make the right decisions, to avoid unnecessary service, and to minimize the possibility of getting ripped off.

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  • Noise And Vibration Control, 1st Edition

    Noise And Vibration Control, 1st Edition

     World Scientific Publishing Company | 2015 | ISBN-13: 9789814434744

    Vibration and noise are two interrelated terms in the field of mechanical engineering. Vibration is caused by unbalanced inertial forces and moments whereas noise is the result of such vibrations. Noisy machines have always been a matter of concern. Lesser vibration ensures manufacturing to closer tolerances, lesser wear and tear, and longer fatigue life. Hence, a quieter machine is more cost-effective in the long run. It is now well understood that a quieter machine is in every way a better machine.This book deals with such industrial and automotive noise and vibration, their measurement and control. This textbook stresses on physical concepts and the application thereof to practical problems. The authors four decades of experience in teaching, research and industrial consultancy is reflected in the choice of the solved examples and unsolved problems.The book targets senior undergraduate students in mechanical engineering as well as designers of industrial machinery and layouts. It can readily be used for self-study by practicing designers and engineers.

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