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Basic car maintenance and checksKnowing how to perform basic checks and maintenance is not just required as part of your test but it also very useful once you are driving on your own. You can see the questions that could be put to you below.damj01nXcZU5dZRbU2MiDk
'Tell me' questionsQ1Tell me how you would check the brakes are working before starting a journey
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSEBrakes should be tested as you set off by applying gentle pressure at slow speed. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack and the vehicle should not pull to one side.Q2Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSERecommended pressures can be found In the manufacturer's guide. Use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.Q3Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSETyres should be checked to ensure there are no cuts or bulges. There should be 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference. This can be checked with a tyre depth guage or the depth markers in the tyres themselves.Q4Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSEAdjust the rigid part of the restraint so that it is close to the back of your head and level with your eyes or top of your ears.Q5Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSETurn on the relevant switch and walk around the car checking that they are working,Q6Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSEThe ABS warning light would become illuminated on the instrument panel if there is a fault.Q7Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSEIdentify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.Q8Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSEIdentify reservoir, check fluid level is between high/low markings.Q9Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSEIdentify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap and describe how to top up to correct level.Q10Tell me where the windscreen wash reservoir is and how you would check the level.
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSEExplain how the washer fluid should be filled to a level between the min and max markers on the side of the reservoir. They can be checked by simply operating them.
'Show me' questionsQ11Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSEIf the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.Q12Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep control of the vehicle
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSEApply footbrake firmly. Demonstrate by applying parking brake so that when it is fully applied it secures itself and is not at the end of the working travel.Q13Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only)
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSECheck is carried out by pressing gently on the control (turn on ignition if necessary).Q14Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSEApplying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. You may need to switch the ignition on, however, you should not start the engine.Q15Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine)
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSEOperate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. As this is now a show me question the examiner may check the brake lights for you. You may need to switch the ignition on, however you should not start the engine.Q16Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washers and wipers
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSEOperate control to wash and wipe windscreen. You may need to switch the ignition on, however, you should not start the engine.Q17Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSESet all relevant controls including: fan, temperature, air direction/source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.Q18Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them (no need to exit the vehicle)
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSEOperate the rear fog switch after switching on dipped headlights, check switch is illuminated and explain that they should only be used when visibility is reduced to 100 metres or less.Q19Show me how you switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.
CLICK IMAGE TO REVEAL RESPONSEMove the stalk attached to the steering column forwards which will illuminate a blue warning light on the instrument panel.