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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 Tennessee 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 inspecting brakes, you should look for:
shoes worn dangerously thin.
pads with oil, grease, or brake fluid on them.
cracked drums.
All of the above.
2. During the vehicle inspection test, you may be asked to:
change the coolant.
remove a spare electrical fuse.
replace the electrical and brake lines.
check the engine oil level.
3. During the skills test, if you must stop before making the turn, you should:
keep the front wheel aimed straight ahead.
let your vehicle roll.
come to a complete stop after the line to get a better view.
make sure the turn signal is off.
4. When checking the engine compartment:
you should put the gearshift in neutral.
the parking brake should be on.
wheels should not be chocked.
the engine should be running.
5. During the external inspection, check that all lug nuts:
show no signs of looseness.
are free of cracks.
are present.
All of the above.
6. The most important reason for doing a vehicle inspection is:
Liability insurance
Employer liability
Property damage requirements
7. During the pre-trip inspection test, you will be expected to:
show that you can identify the bus operating systems, and that you know how to inspect them for safety.
pass three basic control tests.
watch the examiner inspect the bus for safety.
All of the above.
8. When checking your tires during a pre-trip inspection, which of the following is acceptable?
Mismatched sizes
Tires made by different manufacturers
Dual tires that come in contact with parts of the vehicle
Cracks in the tires
9. 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.
you may have to check that the minimum tread depth is 2/32 on steering axle tires.
10. The "Start Engine and Inspect inside of the Cab" step of the 7-step inspection method involves each of the following, EXCEPT:
checking engine oil level.
checking the air pressure gauge.
check the condition of the controls.
starting the engine, then listening for unusual noises.
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Inspection Test - TN CDL

Number of questions: 20
Correct answers to pass:16
Passing score:80%
Number of questions: 20
Correct answers to pass:16
Passing score:80%
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