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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. All CDL vehicle inspection tests include:
an engine inspection and tire check.
an engine start and in-cab inspection.
an engine start and an inspection of the entire vehicle.
2. The "Start Engine and Inspect inside of the Cab" step of the 7-step inspection method involves each of the following, EXCEPT:
check the condition of the controls.
checking the air pressure gauge.
checking engine oil level.
3. Signs of bad brake drums or shoes include the following except:
Shoes with brake fluid on them
Shoes with no oil on them
Cracked drums
4. Which of the following is checked in a pre-trip inspection?
Wiper blades
Steering wheel
All of the above.
5. If loose or missing, _______ may cause movement between the frame and fifth wheel assembly.
mounting bolts
locking pins
electric connectors
6. Checking the engine compartment during the seven-step inspection does NOT include checking:
the power steering fluid level.
the engine oil level.
the engine oil temperature.
7. Which of the following is a suspension system defect?
Leaking brake fluid
Leaking shock absorbers
Loose exhaust pipes
8. When conducting a vehicle inspection test, while the engine is off you may be asked to identify any of the following parts of the engine compartment, except:
the Anti-lock Braking System indicator.
the water pump.
the alternator.
9. Which of the following is a key component of the steering system?
Spring Shackle
Gear box
Leaf spring
10. Without engine oil:
the ABS won't work.
the engine can be destroyed rapidly.
exhaust emissions will be reduced.
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