Engine Performance Diagnostics

Engine Performance Diagnostics by Paul Danner was developed over a ten year period while the author was employed as an instructor at Rosedale Technical Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The book was originally designed for an eight or twelve week classroom course situation. However, it also has an eye toward the technician who will be able to use it outside of the classroom and in the shop as a comprehensive field manual. Each section of text stands on its own and does not need to be followed in order. The author designed it as a "tool box" guide to aid the technician with testing methods that were developed to provide fast and accurate results.

There are three main differences between this book and most comparable textbooks currently available. First, this book limits the technician's need to follow an engineer written flow chart. While the ability to follow a flow chart is necessary, it is not always the most effective means of reaching an accurate diagnosis in a timely manner. The author has designed many testing methods which are not only effective but efficient, allowing the technician (both student and professional), to make the best use of his/her time.

Second, the author has developed system concepts and testing methods that are versatile and highly adaptable. These techniques are not limited to engine management systems, but rather, encompass all of a vehicles computer controlled systems. This includes, but is not limited to, transmission controls, body controls, anti-lock brake systems, and climate controls. This approach gives the technician a foundation of testing methods and precepts that can be widely applied.

Last, whenever possible, case studies from the author's own diagnostic work have been provided. This is done to reinforce both theory and operation. It also serves to corroborate the testing methods presented in the book.

Paul Danner is an ASE L1 Certified Master Technician with eighteen years of field experience in electronic, electrical and drivability diagnostics. For ten years he has been employed as an instructor at Rosedale Technical Institute where he has taught Engine Performance Diagnostics and Basic Electrical Systems. Seven years ago he opened his own mobile diagnostic business which performs electrical and electronic diagnostic services for over fifteen garages in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. The information gathered through this work in the field has enabled Paul to utilize up-to-date information and real-world scenarios to make this text such a valuable resource for today's technician.