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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 Minnesota 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, the driver should look under the vehicle for all of the following except:
Fresh oil
Windshield wiper fluid
2. When approaching a vehicle as part of a pre-trip inspection, which of the following could be a sign of trouble?
Parking brake is on
Fresh oil under the vehicle
Inflated tires
All of the above
3. During the vehicle inspection, when asked to check the oil level you should:
indicate where the dipstick is located.
make sure the engine is off.
see that the oil level is within safe operating range.
All of the above.
4. When looking at the gauges during a pre-trip vehicle inspection:
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.
you should immediately turn on the stop lights.
None of the above.
5. Signs of bad brake drums or shoes include the following except:
Shoes with no oil on them
Shoes with brake fluid on them
Shoes worn thin
Cracked drums
6. During the driving test, when approaching a railroad crossing, you should _________ while your vehicle is in the crossing.
pass slow moving vehicles
not change gears
change lanes
None of the above.
7. Which of the following is NOT a key part of the steering system?
Tie rod
Drag link
Steering shaft
8. When you inspect the front of your vehicle as part of the walk around inspection, you check all of the following EXCEPT:
the condition of the steering system.
the condition of the windshield.
the condition of your front axle.
the air pressure gauge.
9. During the external inspection, you should check that the _______ (if equipped) are evenly centered, with the dual wheels and tires evenly separated, and are not bent, damaged, or rusted through.
lug nuts
axle seals
All of the above.
10. During the basic control skills test you may be asked to perform any of the following, except:
Offset back/right
Straight line backing
Trailer jackknife
Parallel park
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MN CDL Inspection Test

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