Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles, 7th Edition

James D. Halderman

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Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles, 7th Edition

By James D. Halderman
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For courses in Automatic Transmissions Theory or Service / Automotive Principles (Automotive Technology) / Automatic Transmissions & Transaxles (A2) (Automotive Technology)

This book is part of the Pearson Automotive Professional Technician Series.


Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles, 7th Edition provides a complete, state-of-the-art source on the operating principles as well as the service and repair procedures for modern automatic transmission transaxles, complete with the practical skills that students must master to be successful in the industry.  The text focuses on the generic theory underlying the operation, diagnosis, and repair of the units and subassemblies found in the many makes and types of vehicles students are likely to encounter in their work. Formatted to appeal to today's technical trade students, Halderman uses helpful tips and visuals to bring concepts to life and guide students through the procedures.


To keep your course current, all of the content is correlated to the latest NATEF tasks and ASE areas, and important changes to this edition include expanded material on transmission/transaxle hydraulic systems, now split into to three separate chapters for easier learning; over 50 new full-colour line drawings and photos to bring the content alive; new case studies added to selected chapters; the addition of global electrical symbols to Chapter 8; and a new format for describing systems and components that makes learning complex systems easier. All terms used in this edition adhere to the SAE J1930 standard.

Jim Halderman brings a world of experience, knowledge, and talent to his work. His automotive service experience includes working as a flat-rate technician, a business owner, and a professor of automotive technology at a leading U.S. community college for more than 20 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio Northern University and a Master’s degree in Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Jim also holds a U.S. Patent for an electronic transmission control device. He is an ASE certified Master Automotive Technician and is also Advanced Engine Performance (L1) ASE certified. Jim is the author of many automotive textbooks, all published by Pearson Education. Jim has presented numerous technical seminars to national audiences, including the California Automotive Teachers (CAT) and the Illinois College Automotive Instructor Association (ICAIA). He is also a member and presenter at the North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT). Jim was also named Regional Teacher of the Year by General Motors Corporation and a member of the advisory committee for the department of technology at Ohio Northern University.

Cover important automotive topics in a student-friendly format:


  • NEW! Automatic transmission/transaxle hydraulic systems has been greatly expanded and split in to three chapters for facilitate teaching and enhance learning:


  • Automatic Transmission Fluid, Filters, and Coolers (Chapter 2).

  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Hydraulic System (Chapter 3).

  • Hydraulic Control Valves and Solenoids (Chapter 4).


  • Present topics in short, easy-to-read chapters. The content is broken into small, manageable segments. It features twice as many chapters as competitive texts so that a topic or an entire short chapter can be assigned and taught instead of assigning individual page numbers or questions.

  • Explain how to diagnose faults. In addition to explaining how a system works, most chapters include diagnostic procedures and the steps needed to troubleshoot faults.

  • Demonstrate how automotive systems are connected. The theory, construction, diagnosis, and service of a particular component or system are presented together, in one location. All of the information that students need to understand a topic is included when it is presented, so there is no need to search through the book for other references to the same topic.

  • Deliver the most up-to-date standards content. All content in the book has been updated and correlated to the latest NATEF tasks and ASE areas.


  • NEW! All terms used adhere to the SAE J1930 standard.


Bring the subject to life and facilitate learning:


  • Engaging art programs support today’s visual learner:


  • Visualise concepts with full-colour photos and line drawings. Photos and line drawings complement the text. The photos show the actual parts involved so that the student can view a good or defective part. The line drawings allow the reader to see what is inside a component and how it works.

  • NEW! Over 50 new full-colour line drawings and photos make the subject come alive.

  • Break a task down using step-by-step photos. Step-by-step photo sequences detail the steps involved in performing a specific task or service procedure.


  • Make reading, studying, and content mastery easier. Every chapter includes bulleted and numbered lists to summarise concepts or the steps in a procedure, while the design for main and sub-headings makes it easier to grasp the scope of the chapter. Finally, each chapter ends with a Summary, Review Questions, and a Quiz.

  • Help students prepare for their professional career:


  • Prepare for the ASE Certification exam.

  • Provide learning goals based on NATEF tasks. Each chapter opens with a list of Learning Objectives based on specific NATEF tasks.


Illustrate important concepts using real-world examples:


  • Offer the perspective of a technician and automotive instructor. The author delivers the point-of-view of a technician and automotive instructor rather than an engineer, technical writer, or salesperson.

  • NEW! Related to new case studies that have been added to selected chapters that include the “three Cs” (Concern, Cause, and Correction).

  • Present real situations. Real World Fix boxes present students with actual service scenarios and show how the problems were diagnosed and repaired.

  • Alert students to potential safety hazards. Safety Tips alert students to possible hazards on the job.

  • Give practical advice. Tech Tips offer real-world advice from ASE-certified master technicians.

  • Answer Frequently Asked Questions. Based on the author’s own experience, FAQs provide answers to questions often asked by students and beginning service technicians.


Guide students through on-the-job situations with practical advice:


  • Give students a greater understanding of a specific task. Notes provide additional technical information.

  • Limit potential damage to the vehicle. Cautions alert students to potential damage to the vehicle that can occur during a specific service procedure.

  • Limit potential harm to the technician. Warnings alert students to potential harm that may occur to the technician during a specific service procedure.


Keep your course current with information on the latest technologies:


  • NEW! Global electrical symbols have been added to Chapter 8.

Table of contents
  • Chapter 1 Introduction to Drivetrains
  • Chapter 2 Automatic Transmission Fluid, Filters and Coolers
  • Chapter 3 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Hydraulic System
  • Chapter 4 Hydraulic Control Valves and Solenoids
  • Chapter 5 Torque Converters
  • Chapter 6 Power Flow Through Transmission Gear Sets
  • Chapter 7 Clutches and Bands
  • Chapter 8 Drivetrain Electricity and Electronics
  • Chapter 9 Electronic Transmission Controls
  • Chapter 10 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Transmissions and Transaxles
  • Chapter 11 Continuously Variable Transmissions
  • Chapter 12 Dual Clutch Automatic Transmissions/Transaxles
  • Chapter 13 Transmission Condition Diagnosis
  • Chapter 14 In-Vehicle Transmission/Transaxle Service
  • Chapter 15 Transmission/Transaxle Removal and Disassembly
  • Chapter 16 Valve Body Service
  • Chapter 17 Transmission/Transaxle Assembly and Installation
  • Appendix 1 Sample A2 ASE Certification-Type Test
  • Appendix 2 2013 NATEF Correlation Chart
  • Glossary