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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 North Carolina 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. Without engine oil:
exhaust emissions will be reduced.
traction will be reduced.
the engine can be destroyed rapidly.
the ABS won't work.
2. You should check that the _____ is solid, clear of objects, and securely bolted to the tractor frame.
sliding pintle
3. When checking the condition of the steering system, you must:
Visually inspect the steering mechanism.
Check the windshield wiper arms.
Test what happens under braking conditions.
grab the steering mechanism to test for looseness.
4. When taking the road test, if asked to make a turn you should:
only use the turn signal if other vehicles are present.
gradually increase your speed.
check traffic in all directions.
All of the above.
5. As part of your pre-trip inspection, make sure:
your cargo does not obscure your view.
the vehicle is not overloaded.
the cargo is balanced properly.
All of the above.
6. When checking tires, which of the following is acceptable?
Dual tires that come in contact with each other
Retreaded tires on the front wheels of a bus
Dual tires that do not come in contact with each other
Radial and bias-ply tires used together.
7. When starting your vehicle, oil pressure should come up to normal:
within 5 minutes of driving.
in about a minute.
in about two minutes.
within seconds.
8. When checking tires, which of the following is not a problem?
Too much air pressure
4/32 inch tread depth on front tires
Cracked valve stems
Radial and bias-ply tires used together
9. During the pre-trip inspection, belts should:
checked for leaks.
checked for oil pressure.
not be inspected.
be checked for tightness and excessive wear.
10. All CDL vehicle inspection tests include:
an in-cab inspection and background check.
an engine inspection and tire check.
an engine start and an inspection of the entire vehicle.
an engine start and in-cab inspection.
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NC CDL Inspection Test

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