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To obtain a CDL, you will be required to pass a vehicle inspection test. The vehicle inspection test, formerly known as pre-trip, is a skills test to see if you identify which features and equipment on the test vehicle should be inspected before driving. During the test, you will be asked to do an inspection of your vehicle. You will be expected to show your knowledge of the inspection process and you will be tested to see if you know whether your vehicle is safe to drive. During the CDL inspection test, DMV does not allow the use of testing aids, other than the vehicle inspection guide in the Alabama CDL Manual. To prepare for the test, study the following sections of the CDL manual: Driving Safely and the Vehicle Inspection Test. If you do not pass the CDL inspection test, the other skills tests will be postponed.
1. When inspecting your vehicle, before checking the engine compartment be sure that:
all lights are working.
the fire extinguisher is properly charged and rated.
the parking brakes are on and/or wheels chocked.
all tires are properly inflated.
2. If your vehicle has power steering, during your pre-trip external inspection you must check that:
the engine rpm is down close to idle.
there are 2 lit red lights indicating it's there.
there are no power steering fluid leaks or damage to the power steering hoses.
there's a function light.
3. Which of the following are key steering system parts?
Tie rod, drag link, and gear box
Main spring, axle and font axle hanger
U-Bolts, anchor plate and bellows
Torque rod, leaf spring, spring shackle
4. During the pre-trip vehicle inspection test, when examining hoses with the examiner, look for:
spare electrical fuses.
the temperature gauge.
frays in the water pump belt.
puddles on the ground.
5. During the driving test, the examiner will be scoring you on:
your general attitude.
general driving behavior.
how many times you turn.
how fast you drive.
6. ______ must have a minimum tread depth of 4/32 of an inch.
Steering axle tires
All tires other than front tires
Spare tires
All of the above.
7. After a trip:
you should get the oil changed.
you should place the vehicle out of service.
you should inspect the vehicle.
you should replace the battery.
8. Suspension system defects may include all of the following except:
Distorted coil springs
Missing or brokenĀ  leaf springs
Cracked spring hangers
Cracked hoses
9. During the skills test, if you must stop before making the turn, you should:
keep the front wheel aimed straight ahead.
make sure the turn signal is off.
come to a complete stop after the line to get a better view.
let your vehicle roll.
10. During the vehicle inspection, you will be expected to do all of the following except:
walk around the vehicle.
touch and name the item you are inspecting and explain why.
change a tire.
show that the vehicle is safe to drive.
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AL Vehicle Inspection Test

Number of questions: 20
Correct answers to pass:16
Passing score:80%
Number of questions: 20
Correct answers to pass:16
Passing score:80%
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