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Halderman newsletterJanuary 2013

Welcome to the January edition of the Halderman newsletter.


Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a great 2013. 


One of the most exciting things about 2012 for me was the relaunch of my website. I hope you've checked it out. There are many resources and tools there.


We've recently added 23 new animations bringing the total to more than 350. Animations can be a great learning tool and teaching aid.

Check them out by clicking on "Classroom Content" then "Animations". The animations are sorted by ASE content area for fast and easy access.


I've enjoyed connecting with you many of you on social media and look forward to future correspondence on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Please give me any feedback or ways to make your automotive learning or teaching easier.




New Editions
ASE Sample Question
Straight Talk
Four new Halderman titles available soon


I've been working hard on four new edtions that will be available early February and can be ordered for summer or fall classes.

The new titles are:

Brakes Automotive Brake Systems-6th

ISBN 10: 0-13-281474-9

ISBN 13: 978-0-13-281474-4

What is new this edition?

  • All content is correlated to the latest NATEF (2012) tasks for Brakes (A5).
  • A dramatic, new full-color design enhances the subject material.
  • New content on the various types of DOT 4 brake fluid (chapter 7).
  • Aftermarket brake pad and lining standard called Brake Effectiveness Evaluation Procedure (BEEP) (chapter 12).
  • Carbon ceramic disc brake rotor content added to chapter 15.
  • Over 40 new color photos and line drawings have been added to this edition.

AEE Automotive Electricity and Electronics-4th

ISBN 10: 0-13-302774-0

ISBN 13: 978-0-13-302774-7

What is new this edition?

  • All content is correlated to the latest NATEF (2012) tasks for Electrical Systems (A6)
  • Over 40 new full-color photos and line drawings to make the subject come alive.
  • Additional explanations about electrical circuits to make learning this important topic easier to understand. (Chapter 4)
  • New content covering GMLAN low-speed bus. (Chapter 16)
  • Added content on BCM-controlled turn signals (Chapter 23).


AEP Automotive Engine Performance-4th

ISBN 10: 0-13-302775-9

ISBN 13: 978-0-13-302775-4

What is new this edition?

  • All content is correlated to the latest NATEF (2012) tasks for Engine Performance (A8)
  • Information on diesel engine exhaust after treatment devices including diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), diesel exhaust particulate filter (DPF), and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) (Chapter 4).
  • Updated information on the latest coil-on-plug (COP) - type ignition systems (Chapters 16 and 17).
  • New content on accessing global (generic) OBD II (Chapter 19).
  • Expanded coverage on injector resistance testing (Chapter 30).
  • Over 50 new color photos and line drawings have been added to this edition.

SSA Automotive Steering, Suspension and Alignment-6th

ISBN-10: 0-13-274776-6

ISBN-13: 978-0-13-274776-9

What is new this edition?

  • All content is correlated to the latest NATEF (2012) tasks for Steering and Suspension (A4)
  • Over 40 new color photos and line drawings have been added to this edition.
  • Inductive heating tool use added to Chapter 12.
  • Expanded coverage on electric power steering (Chapter 13).
  • Additional material on CV joint boots (Chapter 15).
  • New information on rolling compensation added to Chapter 18.
  • New content on the use of "chassis ears" to diagnose noise and vibrations (Chapter 19).
ASE Sample Question


A P0016 diagnostic trouble code (crankshaft-camshaft correlation error). What is a possible cause?


a.         Skipped timing belt

b.         Clogged VVT solenoid screen

c.         Defective variable valve timing (VVT) control solenoid

d.         Any of the above




The correct answer is d. Any of the above could be the cause of a P0016 diagnostic trouble code (DTC). Answer a is correct because a skipped timing belt would cause the code to be set for a mismatch between the crank and camshaft sensors. Answer b is correct because a clogged VVT screen could prevent the proper amount of engine oil from flowing through the valve to achieve the commanded camshaft position. This lack of oil flow could set the DTC. Answer c is correct because if there is a fault in the VVT solenoid such as an electrical or mechanical fault, this could cause the camshaft to fail to achieve the commanded position and could cause the DTC to set.

Straight Talk

From the December 8, 2012, Wheels section in the Dayton Daily News:


Reader asks about critters


Wheels: Dr. Dan writes by e-mail:

"Jim, this may not be in your area of expertise, but I'll bet you know someone who can help. I enjoy your articles on "Straight Talk" and recently read the one on storage of vehicles over the winter. Being a "mechanical" guy, I agree with all the items you said, but what about the "critters" that come to classic cars in the winter. I have used moth balls and Irish Spring soap in the passenger compartment, with marginal results. The sticky "glue boards" will stop them dead in their tracks, but like D-Con, then you have a dead mouse smell in the spring. What would you suggest? PS- We don't have a cat".

Halderman: Thanks for writing. You are correct that a vehicle in storage provides an excellent nesting location for all types of animals.

I store a vehicle in a climatic-controlled space and I do not have that issue but I know of many who do. Some thoughts and ideas:

1.         Keep any food such as pet or bird food away from any stored vehicle. If you don't do this, you just made the vehicle the perfect location for the critters to spend the winter.

2.         Try placing a drier sheet inside the vehicle. The smell is nice to people but not to animals.

3.         I avoid using a car cover unless it is sealed completely around the vehicle including underneath. Again a car cover provides an excellent shelter for those animals searching a place to spend the winter.

4.         If animals are still a problem, try sealing all openings such as ducts with plastic and duct tape to help keep animals from getting into engine parts, such as the air cleaner or the interior.


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Jim Halderman
James D. Halderman writes automotive technology textbooks for Pearson Education. He is an ASE-certified Master Technician with more than 20 years instructional experience.