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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 Maine 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?
Inflated tires
Fresh oil under the vehicle
Parking brake is on
2. Pre-trip inspections:
should always be done in the same order.
should not be done unless the vehicle has problems that could cause a breakdown.
should not be done when a vehicle inspection report is available.
3. When performing the stop/start maneuver during the skills test, once stopped you should do all of the following, except:
Cancel your turn signal.
Activate your right turn signal.
Activate your 4-way emergency flashers.
4. Vehicle inspections:
should not be done by the shipper.
are important because vehicle defects found during an inspection could save you problems later.
should only be done when a vehicle defect is found.
5. Name some things you should check on the FRONT of your vehicle during your pre-trip inspection.
U-Bolts, anchor plate and bellows
Oil, transmission, air compressor, and radiator
Low beams, high beams, four-way flashers, and turn signals
6. During the driving test, when asked to make a lane change you should:
make the change immediately without looking.
make the necessary traffic checks first and use proper signals before changing lanes.
make the lane change before using proper signals.
7. When checking the condition of wheels and rims during the pre-trip inspection, make sure that:
no more than two lug nuts are missing.
the end of the kingpin is even with the top of the fifth wheel.
no studs, spacers, clamps, or lugs are missing, bent, or broken.
8. Name some key suspension system parts.
Pitman arm, hydraulic fluid reservoir and tie rod
Drag link, spindle and gear box
Main spring, axle and font axle hanger
9. Suspension system defects include:
steering wheel play of more than 10 degrees.
cracked or broken spring hangers.
rust around wheel nuts.
10. Exhaust system parts should NOT:
rub against fuel system parts.
rub against tires.
All of the above.
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ME CDL Inspection Test

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