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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 Texas 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 gauge show that the alternator and/or generator is charging?
Oil pressure
Engine oil temperature
All of the above
2. Name some exhaust system parts.
Main spring, axle and font axle hanger
Pitman arm, hydraulic fluid reservoir and tie rod
Drag link, spindle and gear box
Mufflers, mounting brackets and vertical stacks
3. During the vehicle inspection, when asked to check the oil level you should:
see that the oil level is within safe operating range.
make sure the engine is off.
indicate where the dipstick is located.
All of the above.
4. If the coolant container is not part of the pressurized system:
you should remove the container cap and wait until the system has cooled.
you should never remove the radiator cap or any part of the pressurized system until the system has cooled.
you can safely remove the cap and add coolant even when the engine is hot.
None of the above.
5. After a trip:
you should place the vehicle out of service.
you should get the oil changed.
you should replace the battery.
you should inspect the vehicle.
6. Doing a vehicle inspection is very important. Why?
A defect found during an inspection could save you problems later.
Not doing it could cost time and dollars, or even worse, an accident.
Federal and state regulations require that drivers inspect their vehicle.
All of the above.
7. During the basic control skills test you may be asked to perform any of the following, except:
Parallel park
Offset back/right
Trailer jackknife
Straight line backing
8. Checking the engine compartment during the seven-step inspection does NOT include checking:
the battery fluid level.
the engine oil level.
the engine oil temperature.
the power steering fluid level.
9. During the pre-trip inspection test, you will be expected to:
pass three basic control tests.
watch the examiner inspect the bus for safety.
show that you can identify the bus operating systems, and that you know how to inspect them for safety.
All of the above.
10. Pre-trip inspections of doubles and triples should:
take less time than inspecting straight trucks.
take more time than inspecting straight trucks.
be done once a week.
be done by the shipper.
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