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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 Mexico 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. 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 engine oil level.
checking the air pressure gauge.
2. What should you do to test your hydraulic brakes for leaks?
Pump the brake pedal three times, then apply pressure to the pedal and hold for five seconds.
Pump the brake pedal five times, then apply pressure for three seconds.
Hold the brake pedal down for five seconds, then pump it three times.
3. Suspension system defects include:
steering wheel play of more than 10 degrees.
cracked or broken spring hangers.
rust around wheel nuts.
4. Name some key suspension system parts.
Main spring, axle and font axle hanger
Drag link, spindle and gear box
Pitman arm, hydraulic fluid reservoir and tie rod
5. You should check that the _____ is solid, clear of objects, and securely bolted to the tractor frame.
sliding pintle
6. Which of the following is not a braking system on a truck?
Parking brake
Steering brake
Service brake
7. During a walk around inspection, which of the following should you check?
Condition of the front axle.
Shock absorber condition.
All of the above.
8. During the vehicle inspection test, after checking the area around the vehicle for hazards, and before opening the engine compartment door, you should:
check the level of brake fluid in the reservoir.
remove the battery.
check that the parking brakes are set and/or the wheels are chocked.
9. When taking the road test, you will be evaluated on your gear usage. You should do all of the following except:
shift in turns and intersections.
select a gear that does not lug the engine.
not grind the gears.
10. Which of the following is true about the skills test?
You must take the skills tests in the type of vehicle for which you wish to be licensed.
You don't have to take the skills tests in the type of vehicle for which you wish to be licensed.
You must take the skills tests in a vehicle that has components marked or labeled.
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