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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 Hawaii 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 vehicle inspection test, you may be asked to:
check the engine oil level.
change the coolant.
replace the electrical and brake lines.
2. When taking the road test, you will be evaluated on your gear usage. You should do all of the following except:
select a gear that does not lug the engine.
shift in turns and intersections.
not grind the gears.
3. Checking your vehicle's suspension system includes checking:
the air suspension systems.
the mounting brackets.
the tires.
4. Doing a vehicle inspection is very important. Why?
A defect found during an inspection could save you problems later.
Federal and state regulations require that drivers inspect their vehicle.
All of the above.
5. If you are checking that the air hoses and electrical lines are not spliced, cut, chafed or worn, you are inspecting:
the exhaust system.
the mounting bolts.
the air / electric lines.
6. You are checking the dipstick to see that the oil level is within the safe operating range. The level must be:
above the refill mark.
below the refill mark.
above the coolant level.
7. During a pre-trip inspection, to check your lights you should:
with the engine running, put the vehicle in a forward gear and turn on the headlights.
check the yellow malfunction lamps on the instrument panel.
turn off the engine, turn on the headlights and 4-way emergency flashers, and get out of the vehicle.
8. Broken suspension parts can be very dangerous. When inspecting your vehicle for suspension system defects, look for:
Broken leaves in a multi-leaf spring.
Spring hangers that allow movement of axle from proper position.
All of the above.
9. When looking at the gauges during a pre-trip vehicle inspection:
you should immediately turn on the stop lights.
oil pressuse should come up to normal within seconds after the engine is started.
you should pump the brake pedal three times to test the parking brake.
10. What is the most important reason for doing a vehicle inspection?
It's required by law.
Safety for yourself and for other road users.
To avoid fines.
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