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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 West Virginia 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 in a vehicle inspection, you should check all of the following except:
Spring hangers
Engine oil level
Coolant level in radiator
Windshield washer fluid level
2. When taking the road test, after driving under an overpass, you may be asked:
what the weight limit was.
what the posted clearance or height was.
how wide the overpass was.
what the license plate number of the vehicle ahead of you was.
3. During your inspection, you should look into the fifth-wheel gap and check that the _________ are fully closed around the kingpin.
locking jaws
mounting bolts
couplings (U-joints)
lug nuts
4. When taking the road test, you will be evaluated on your use of turn signals. You should do all of the following except:
Use your turn signals properly.
Activate your turn signals when required.
Activate your turn signals upon completion of a turn or lane change.
Activate your turn signals at appropriate times.
5. Brake drums (or discs) must not have cracks longer than:
one third the width of the friction area.
one half the width of the friction area.
twice the width of the friction area.
the width of the friction area.
6. Which of the following is NOT part of a standard vehicle inspection?
Seating defects.
Wheel and rim problems.
Tire problems.
Bad brake drums or shoes.
7. Wheel and rim problems include:
missing clamps.
mismatched lock rings.
rust around wheel nuts.
All of the above.
8. When checking the engine compartment, which of the following should you check?
Battery fluid level.
Engine oil level.
Windshield washer fluid level.
All of the above.
9. When checking the steering system for defects, you should look for:
cut or cracked valve stems.
missing or broken leaves in any leaf spring.
bent, loose, or broken parts, such as tie rods.
loose, broken, or missing tailpipes.
10. If loose or missing, _______ may cause movement between the frame and fifth wheel assembly.
locking pins
electric connectors
safety chains
mounting bolts
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