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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. Check that the ____ belt is securely mounted, and adjusts, latches properly.
air compressor
2. During the vehicle inspection, make sure that the _____ is in the engaged position and that the safety latch is in place.
locking jaw
release arm
3. You pump the brake pedal three times, then hold it down for five seconds, making sure that the pedal does not move. You are checking:
the parking brake.
the air brakes.
the hydraulic brakes.
the service brake.
4. When checking the lights before driving:
you should check them from inside the vehicle.
make sure the parking brake is not set.
you should turn off the engine.
the engine must be running.
5. When checking the engine compartment, which of the following should you check?
Battery fluid level.
Windshield washer fluid level.
Engine oil level.
All of the above.
6. During the vehicle inspection, when checking the tires you should:
ensure that the tread is evenly worn.
check for the minimum tread depth (4/32 on all tires).
ensure the middle of the tires is more worn than the outside.
ensure that valve caps are missing.
7. During the basic control skills test, what is the maximum number of times you may look to check the position of your vehicle in the the straight-line backing exercise?
8. Which of the following is a key component of the steering system?
Anchor plate
Gear box
Spring Shackle
Leaf spring
9. During a walk around inspection, which of the following should you check?
Shock absorber condition.
Condition of the front axle.
Condition of wheel and rim.
All of the above.
10. Which of the following is NOT part of a standard vehicle inspection?
Bad brake drums or shoes.
Seating defects.
Tire problems.
Wheel and rim problems.
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NC Vehicle Inspection Test

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