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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 California 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. Rust around wheel nuts may mean:
the nuts are loose.
the nuts are too tight.
the wheels or rims have had welding repairs.
2. When inspecting brakes, you should look for:
shoes worn dangerously thin.
cracked drums.
All of the above.
3. Signs of bad brake drums or shoes include the following except:
Shoes with no oil on them
Shoes with brake fluid on them
Cracked drums
4. _______ are one of the most common problems found in roadside inspections.
Out-of-adjustment brakes
Slack adjusters
Brake drums
5. Doing a vehicle inspection is very important. Why?
Federal and state regulations require that drivers inspect their vehicle.
A defect found during an inspection could save you problems later.
All of the above.
6. To check the automatic transmission fluid:
you must go down grades.
the engine may have to be running.
the wheel nuts must be loose.
7. Which of the following is a suspension system defect?
Leaking brake fluid
Leaking shock absorbers
Loose exhaust pipes
8. What should you do to test your hydraulic brakes for leaks?
Pump the brake pedal five times, then apply pressure for three seconds.
Hold the brake pedal down for five seconds, then pump it three times.
Pump the brake pedal three times, then apply pressure to the pedal and hold for five seconds.
9. You pump the brake pedal three times, then hold it down for five seconds, making sure that the pedal does not move. You are checking:
the service brake.
the air brakes.
the hydraulic brakes.
10. Check that the ____ belt is securely mounted, and adjusts, latches properly.
air compressor
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CA Vehicle Inspection Test

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