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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 Arkansas 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. What should be clean with no obstructions, illegal stickers, or damages to the glass?
The headlights.
The lighting indicators.
The windshield.
None of the above.
2. Checking the engine compartment during the seven-step inspection does NOT include checking:
the battery fluid level.
the engine oil level.
the power steering fluid level.
the engine oil temperature.
3. During the vehicle inspection, when checking the tires you should:
check for the minimum tread depth (4/32 on all tires).
ensure that the tread is evenly worn.
ensure the middle of the tires is more worn than the outside.
ensure that valve caps are missing.
4. When conducting a vehicle inspection test, while the engine is off you may be asked to identify any of the following parts of the engine compartment, except:
the alternator.
the air compressor.
the Anti-lock Braking System indicator.
the water pump.
5. During the basic control skills test, what is the maximum number of times you may look to check the position of your vehicle in the the straight-line backing exercise?
6. To check the signal lights, do the following:
Turn on the stop lights, turn on all the lights, and turn on the right turn signal lights.
Turn on all the lights, turn off the stop lights, and turn off the left turn signal lights.
Turn off all the lights, turn on the right turn signal lights, and turn on the stop lights.
Turn off all the lights, turn on the stop lights, and turn on the left turn signal lights.
7. How can you check slack adjusters?
Wait for normal air pressure, release the parking brake, move the vehicle forward, and apply the brakes firmly using the brake pedal.
Check that the spring brakes come on automatically.
Turn the electrical power on and step on and off the brake pedal.
Use gloves and pull hard on each slack adjuster that you can reach.
8. When taking the road test, you will be evaluated on your lane usage. You should NOT:
drive the vehicle over curbs.
complete a turn in the proper lane on a multiple lane road.
stop behind crosswalks.
finish a right turn in the right-most lane.
9. Which of these is NOT something you should check during the pre-trip inspection of the engine compartment?
Engine oil level
Worn electrical wiring insulation
Coolant level in radiator
Brake controls
10. Suspension system defects include:
steering wheel play of more than 10 degrees.
rust around wheel nuts.
cracked or broken spring hangers.
All of the above.
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AR CDL Inspection Test

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