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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 Rhode Island 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. When checking the engine compartment:
you should put the gearshift in neutral.
wheels should not be chocked.
the parking brake should be on.
2. Suspension system defects may include all of the following except:
Cracked spring hangers
Cracked hoses
Missing or broken leaf springs
3. Which of the following is NOT part of a standard vehicle inspection?
Tire problems.
Bad brake drums or shoes.
Seating defects.
4. Rust trails around the lug nuts on the tires indicate that:
the lugs may be loose.
the tire hasn't been removed in some time.
the rim is defective.
5. As part of the external inspection, check that all _______ are present, free of cracks and distortions, and show no signs of looseness.
axle seals
lug nuts
6. When conducting the vehicle inspection test:
applicants will not have to see that the brake chambers are not leaking.
you may be asked to check that the steering box is not leaking.
the air ride suspension should not be checked for leaks.
7. When inspecting your vehicle, before checking the engine compartment be sure that:
all lights are working.
the parking brakes are on and/or wheels chocked.
the fire extinguisher is properly charged and rated.
8. During the vehicle inspection test, CDL applicants may be asked to:
replace the emergency flashers.
change a tire.
None of the above.
9. 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
10. When checking tires, which of the following is acceptable?
Radial and bias-ply tires used together.
Dual tires that do not come in contact with each other
Retreaded tires on the front wheels of a bus
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