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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. During the external inspection, you should check that the _______ (if equipped) are evenly centered, with the dual wheels and tires evenly separated, and are not bent, damaged, or rusted through.
axle seals
lug nuts
All of the above.
2. Check that the ____ belt is securely mounted, and adjusts, latches properly.
air compressor
3. During the vehicle inspection test, CDL applicants may be asked to:
replace a reflective triangle.
change a tire.
replace the emergency flashers.
None of the above.
4. Suspension system defects may include all of the following except:
Missing or broken leaf springs
Distorted coil springs
Cracked spring hangers
Cracked hoses
5. A battery/box check is important. Wherever located, see that battery(ies) are secure, connections are tight, and cell caps are present. Also, make sure that:
the battery box and cover or door is open.
battery connections do not show signs of excessive corrosion, and battery box and cover or door is not damaged and is secure.
battery connections show signs of corrosion.
None of the above.
6. During the external inspection, check that all lug nuts:
are free of cracks.
show no signs of looseness.
are present.
All of the above.
7. Pre-trip inspections:
are optional when the driver is familiar with the vehicle.
should not be done when a vehicle inspection report is available.
should not be done unless the vehicle has problems that could cause a breakdown.
should always be done in the same order.
8. Which of the following must be inspected on every tire?
Brake chambers.
Hub oil/grease seals and axle seals.
Steering box.
9. During the vehicle inspection test, after checking the area around the vehicle for hazards, and before opening the engine compartment door, you should:
depress the clutch.
check the level of brake fluid in the reservoir.
check that the parking brakes are set and/or the wheels are chocked.
remove the battery.
10. During the driving test, when asked to make a lane change you should:
make the change immediately without looking.
make the lane change before using proper signals.
make the necessary traffic checks first and use proper signals before changing lanes.
None of the above.
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