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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. Which of the following is NOT a tire problem to look for during the vehicle inspection?
Cracked valve stems
Recapped tires on the front of a school bus
Radial and bias-ply tires used together
All the tires are made by the same manufacturer
2. If you find anything unsafe during the pre-trip inspection, you are required to:
get it fixed before driving.
inform your motor carrier after the trip.
write it in your inspection report.
drive cautiously until it is fixed.
3. When approaching a vehicle as part of a pre-trip inspection, which of the following could be a sign of trouble?
Fresh oil under the vehicle
Parking brake is on
Inflated tires
All of the above
4. 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
5. Checking your vehicle's suspension system includes checking:
the tires.
the mounting brackets.
the air suspension systems.
All of the above.
6. If you are checking that the air hoses and electrical lines are not spliced, cut, chafed or worn, you are inspecting:
the air / electric lines.
the exhaust system.
the mounting bolts.
the locking jaws.
7. Which of the following must be inspected on every tire?
Hub oil/grease seals and axle seals.
Steering box.
Brake chambers.
8. Which of the following is NOT checked in a pre-trip inspection?
Safety equipment
Brake controls
Cargo securement
The amount of fuel in the vehicle
9. __________ are devices designed to absorb and damp jolts and vibrations.
Shock absorbers
10. Which of these is NOT something you should check during the pre-trip inspection of the engine compartment?
Worn electrical wiring insulation
Coolant level in radiator
Engine oil level
Brake controls
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