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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 Massachusetts 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. Checking your vehicle's suspension system includes checking:
the tires.
the mounting brackets.
the air suspension systems.
All of the above.
2. You should check that the _____ is solid, clear of objects, and securely bolted to the tractor frame.
sliding pintle
3. Exhaust system parts should NOT:
rub against fuel system parts.
be loose.
rub against tires.
All of the above.
4. Which of the following is NOT checked in a pre-trip inspection?
The amount of fuel in the vehicle
Brake controls
Safety equipment
Cargo securement
5. Rust around wheel nuts may mean:
the weather is wet.
the nuts are loose.
the wheels or rims have had welding repairs.
the nuts are too tight.
6. When checking the engine compartment in a vehicle inspection, you should check all of the following except:
Engine oil level
Shock absorbers
Coolant level in radiator
Windshield washer fluid level
7. Which of the following is NOT a tire problem to look for during the vehicle inspection?
Recapped tires on the front of a school bus
Radial and bias-ply tires used together
Cracked valve stems
All the tires are made by the same manufacturer
8. During the external inspection, check that all lug nuts:
show no signs of looseness.
are free of cracks.
are present.
All of the above.
9. During the pre-trip inspection test, you will be expected to:
watch the examiner inspect the bus for safety.
show that you can identify the bus operating systems, and that you know how to inspect them for safety.
pass three basic control tests.
All of the above.
10. During the pre-trip inspection, belts should:
checked for leaks.
checked for oil pressure.
be checked for tightness and excessive wear.
not be inspected.
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