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Step 4: Turn Off Engine and Check Lights

Make sure the parking brake is set, turn off the engine, and take the key with you. Turn on headlights (low beams) and four-way flashers, and get out.

  • Go to front of vehicle and check that low beams are on and both of the four-way flashers are working.
  • Push dimmer switch and check that high beams work.
  • Turn off headlights and four-way hazard warning flashers.
  • Turn on parking, clearance, side-marker and identification lights.
  • Turn on right turn signal, and start walk-around inspection.

Step 5: Perform Walk-Around Inspection

General:

  • Walk around and inspect.
  • Clean all lights, reflectors and glass as you go along.

Left Front Side

  • Driverʼs door glass should be clean.
  • Door latches or locks work properly.
Left front wheel:
  • Condition of wheel and rim - none missing or bent, no broken studs, clamps, lugs, or any signs of misalignment.
  • Condition of tires - properly inflated, valve stem and cap OK, no serious cuts, bulges, or tread wear.
  • Use wrench to test rust-streaked lug nuts, indicating looseness, or check for shiny threads indicating worn holes.
  • Hub oil level OK, no leaks.
Left front suspension:
  • Condition of spring, spring hangers, shackles, u-bolts.
  • Shock absorber condition.
Left front brake:
  • Condition of brake drum.
  • Condition of hoses.

Front of Vehicle

  • Condition of front axle.
  • Condition of steering system.
    • No loose, worn, bent, damaged or missing parts.
    • Must grab steering mechanism to test for looseness.
  • Condition of windshield.
    • Check for damage and clean if dirty.
    • Check windshield wiper arms for proper spring tension.
    • Check wiper blades for damage, “stiff” rubber and securement.
Lights and reflectors:
  • Parking, clearance and identification lights are clean, operating and proper color (amber at front).
  • Reflectors clean and proper color (amber at front).
  • Right front turn signal light clean, operating and proper color (amber or white on signals facing forward).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Review Questions - Click On The Picture To Begin...

Which of the following should you check on the windshield?
  • Check windshield wiper arms for proper spring tension.
  • Check for damage and clean if dirty
  • All of these should be checked
  • Check wiper blades for damage

Quote From The CDL Manual:

Condition of windshield:

- Check for damage and clean if dirty.
- Check windshield wiper arms for proper spring tension.
- Check wiper blades for damage, "stiff" rubber and securement.

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What item would you not check on the front of your vehicle?
  • Front axle
  • Air tank
  • Steering System
  • Windshield

Quote From The CDL Manual:

Font of Vehicle

- Condition of front axle.
- Condition of steering system.
- No loose, worn, bent, damaged or missing parts.
- Must grab steering mechanism to test for looseness.
- Condition of windshield.
- Check for damage and clean if dirty.
- Check windshield wiper arms for proper spring tension.
- Check wiper blades for damage, "stiff" rubber and securement.

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Which of the following does not need to be checked on the front suspension?
  • Shackles
  • Holdbacks
  • Spring hangers
  • U-Bolts

Quote From The CDL Manual:

Left front suspension:

- Condition of spring, spring hangers, shackles, u-bolts.
- Shock absorber condition.

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