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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 Kentucky 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. When approaching a vehicle as part of a pre-trip inspection, which of the following could be a sign of trouble?
Fresh oil under the vehicle
Parking brake is on
Inflated tires
All of the above
2. When checking the steering system during your pre-trip inspection you should look for:
mismatched lock rings.
steering wheel play of more than 10 degrees.
shoes or pads with oil or grease on them.
cracked drums.
3. During the external inspection, check that all lug nuts:
are present.
show no signs of looseness.
are free of cracks.
All of the above.
4. During the vehicle inspection, you will be expected to do all of the following except:
touch and name the item you are inspecting and explain why.
walk around the vehicle.
show that the vehicle is safe to drive.
change a tire.
5. When checking the engine compartment in a vehicle inspection, you should check all of the following except:
Spring hangers
Windshield washer fluid level
Engine oil level
Coolant level in radiator
6. If the coolant container is not part of the pressurized system:
you should remove the container cap and wait until the system has cooled.
you should never remove the radiator cap or any part of the pressurized system until the system has cooled.
you can safely remove the cap and add coolant even when the engine is hot.
None of the above.
7. What maintains air pressure in the air brake system?
Alternator belt
Water pump
Air compressor
Power steering fluid
8. To check the automatic transmission fluid:
you must go down grades.
you should turn the engine off.
the wheel nuts must be loose.
the engine may have to be running.
9. Which of the following is NOT part of a standard vehicle inspection?
Tire problems.
Wheel and rim problems.
Bad brake drums or shoes.
Seating defects.
10. When you inspect the front of your vehicle as part of the walk around inspection, you check all of the following EXCEPT:
the air pressure gauge.
the condition of the windshield.
the condition of the steering system.
the condition of your front axle.
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KY CDL Inspection Test

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