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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 Connecticut 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. All CDL vehicle inspection tests include:
an in-cab inspection and background check.
an engine inspection and tire check.
an engine start and an inspection of the entire vehicle.
an engine start and in-cab inspection.
2. If loose or missing, _______ may cause movement between the frame and fifth wheel assembly.
electric connectors
locking pins
safety chains
mounting bolts
3. When taking the road test, you will be evaluated on your gear usage. You should do all of the following except:
shift in turns and intersections.
select a gear that does not rev the engine.
not grind the gears.
select a gear that does not lug the engine.
4. As part of the external inspection, check that all _______ are present, free of cracks and distortions, and show no signs of looseness.
brake linings
axle seals
lug nuts
5. When checking the engine compartment:
the engine should be running.
wheels should not be chocked.
you should put the gearshift in neutral.
the parking brake should be on.
6. Pre-trip inspections:
are optional when the driver is familiar with the vehicle.
should not be done unless the vehicle has problems that could cause a breakdown.
should always be done in the same order.
should not be done when a vehicle inspection report is available.
7. Without engine oil:
the engine can be destroyed rapidly.
exhaust emissions will be reduced.
traction will be reduced.
the ABS won't work.
8. You should check that the _____ is solid, clear of objects, and securely bolted to the tractor frame.
sliding pintle
9. What maintains air pressure in the air brake system?
Power steering fluid
Water pump
Air compressor
Alternator belt
10. Checking the automatic transmission fluid level may require:
the engine to be running.
you to pump the brake.
the vehicle to be parked downhill.
the 4-way emergency flashers to be activated.
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