Tim Gilles


Automotive Service, Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair - Fifth Edition

. This is the most technically accurate, up-to-date, student-friendly, easy to understand comprehensive automotive textbook available in the marketplace.


What’s new in the 5th Edition?    

The newly revised 5th edition of AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE: INSPECTION, MAINTENANCE, REPAIR contains all the knowledge and skills necessary for readers to be successful in a number of automotive careers. This text covers all eight major course areas of automotive technology by progressing students through an introduction to shop management and then covering theories of vehicle systems operations with step-by-step procedures for troubleshooting and repairing automobiles. Technically reviewed by instructors and industry experts, the 5th edition of this popular text is designed in particular for the needs of those readers enrolled in NATEF-certified programs. Updated and expanded content in this edition includes coverage of hybrid and electric vehicles, HTHS viscosity ratings, latest coolants, ejector cycle systems, dynamometer, and turbochargers and superchargers.

Product Benefits:

Up-to-date coverage of automotive technologies, including hybrid vehicles. Electronics and engine performance content enhanced throughout. Updated information on engine oils, including HTHS viscosity ratings. New cooling system information, including the latest on coolants, and new content on pressure caps, reverse flow systems, and cooling system service. New information on air conditioning and refrigerants, including ejector cycle systems. Expanded dynamometer information and improved turbocharger and supercharger coverage. New and updated science, math, history and vintage systems notes. Full-color, updated photos and illustrations make key concepts come alive for the visual learner. Safety Notes and Caution text boxes underscore the importance of safety procedures in the shop to avoid bodily injury and/or equipment damage. Instructor Resources DVD includes updated ExamView Computerized Test Bank, expanded chapter presentations in PowerPoint, ASE-style practice questions, end-of-chapter review questions as Word files, Image Library of text images, and NATEF Task correlations.




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 is an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician and ASE Certified Master Engine Machinist.