Tim Gilles

Automotive Chassis

When combined with classroom and laboratory instruction, Automotive Undercar/Chassis Systems is a tool that will thoroughly prepare a student to work in this important area of automotive repair. The text is heavily illustrated with many original line arts and photographs. Technical reviews of the material assure that this text is accurate and up-to-date.

The author’s primary objective was to make this book student-friendly. All important factual information is included, yet the book is short on words and easy-to-read. This single volume/two subject area text can replace up to four volumes, depending on the competition.

A major emphasis throughout the book is on diagnosis and troubleshooting of worn and failed parts. Critical thinking skills are emphasized with real world examples and photographs. Problem solving skills are developed in the diagnosis of brake, suspension, and steering problems and failures.

This book was written with the objective of making it user-friendly for teachers. Each of the 22 chapters has 15 short-answer study questions. There are also 10 ASE practice test questions that can be easily scored on short Scantron test forms.. The Instructor’s Guide includes answers to all of the ASE tests and study questions. The appendix includes a bank of extra ASE-style test questions, to help prepare students to pass the ASE A4 and A5 tests.

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Tim Gilles

Tim was a teacher at the high school and college level for thirty eight years and has been a writer for over 30 years. He is the author of several textbooks with Cengage Learning. This web site is a source of many photographs and teaching aids to accompany his texts.

Tim is a past-president and long-time board member of the California Automotive Teachers Association. He has been a member of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers since the early 1980s. He has served on the NACAT Board of Directors and was chair of the election committee for many years.

Tim has a Master's Degree in Occupational Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Arts, and a Community College Life Teaching Credential, with four years of industry work experience prior to his teaching career. He was an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician and ASE Certified Master Engine Machinist.