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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 New Jersey 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. Name some things you should check on the FRONT of your vehicle during your pre-trip inspection.
Oil, transmission, air compressor, and radiator
Low beams, high beams, four-way flashers, and turn signals
U-Bolts, anchor plate and bellows
None of the above.
2. The "Start Engine and Inspect inside of the Cab" step of the 7-step inspection method involves each of the following, EXCEPT:
checking engine oil level.
starting the engine, then listening for unusual noises.
check the condition of the controls.
checking the air pressure gauge.
3. Exhaust system parts should NOT:
rub against tires.
rub against fuel system parts.
be loose.
All of the above.
4. Key suspension system parts include:
Tie rod
Lock rings
Bearing plates
All of the above.
5. During the skills test, if you must stop before making the turn, you should:
keep the front wheel aimed straight ahead.
come to a complete stop after the line to get a better view.
let your vehicle roll.
make sure the turn signal is off.
6. What maintains air pressure in the air brake system?
Power steering fluid
Water pump
Alternator belt
Air compressor
7. Vehicle inspections should be done routinely _______ operating the vehicle.
8. During a pre-trip inspection, when checking the power steering hoses, you should:
check for leaks.
check that the brake chambers are not leaking.
check for damaged or bent rims.
look for broken or distorted coil springs.
9. When taking the road test, you will be evaluated on your lane usage. You should NOT:
finish a right turn in the right-most lane.
drive the vehicle over curbs.
complete a turn in the proper lane on a multiple lane road.
stop behind crosswalks.
10. Exhaust system parts should be:
rubbing against fuel system parts.
None of the above.
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