Driver's In The Richmond, Virginia Area.

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Matthew K.'s Comment
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I am currently studying the CDL manual, preparing for CDL school. I've come to the part of pre-trip inspection (engine compartment) & I am having great difficulty trying to picture these parts with the clip art they use in the manual. I've tried searching for images that show the real thing which has helped somewhat but I'm still having trouble placing / naming the parts. What I'd really like is to find a picture of the entire engine compartment, suspension parts & steering system.

Is there a person in my area that could actually show me on their truck? Or for links showing me the breakdown of these areas? I'm looking for a picture that shows all the area(s), not individual photos. If anyone has recommendations &/or tips I'd appreciate more than you can ever imagine.

It's probably obvious that I am not at all knowledgeable about what's under the hood of a vehicle. After 15 years of working in the veterinary field, I'm ready for a new career.

Thank you! -Matthew

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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I think we can help you Matthew. Here's some study guide materials. The one you're gonna really love was put together by my friend "Daniel B." Click on Daniel's Study Guide below for the images you're looking for.

Also, remember this: when you go through school they will show you how to do the pre-trip inspection. You don't do the pre-trip inspection for your permit test. It is actually part of the final CDL testing. You're kind of getting the cart before the horse at this point.

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Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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The parts are the same but in different locatiom from make and model too. learn the part not the location. my water pump in not on the same side as the last truck i had.

Matthew K.'s Comment
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Thank you both for the links & advice!

PJ's Comment
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Matthew Daniel’s guide is awesome. I’m not sure what kind of schedule you have. I am in inwood wv this week. We have a dedicated gig here that seems to take forever. But they are paying me too wait for a empty trailer, so it is what it is. IF they don’t get me out of here sooner I will be coming through Richmond on my way home and would meet with you and walk you through the parts and pieces on my truck. Check back during the week or you can email me for an update.

PackRat's Comment
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I live in Virginia, and travel through the RVA area often at times. Knight has a drop yard in Chester, and I overnight park at the TA truck stop on I-95 in Ashland.

If you're serious and I'm parked at one of these spots for awhile, I'd be willing to do a "show and tell" for you. Keep an eye on the GPS tracker, which I usually update my location on each day when I'm parked. I'll post on this thread if I'm stopping nearby.

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