Show Me, Tell Me
At the start of the
practical test you will be asked 2 questions about the maintenance of
the car, usually one question you will be asked to show the examiner
how you would do something, the second questions will be tell the
examiner without showing them, listen carefully to the question.
dipstick / oil level indicator, describe how you would check the oil
level against the minimum / maximum markers.
Q2. Open 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.
Identify high / low level markings on header tank (where fitted) or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
Q3. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
Identify reservoir and check level.
Q4. Open 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.
Identify reservoir, check level against high / low markings.
Q5. Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.
Operate brake pedal, make use of any reflections in windows, garage doors etc, or ask someone to help.
Q6. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Brakes shoud not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you move off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
Q7. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Tyre pressures are in manufacturers manual, use a reliable pressure gauge, check tyre pressures when cold,(Once a week) don't forget spare and remember to refit dust caps.
Q8. Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and their general condition is safe to use on the road.
No cuts or bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire circumference.
Q9. Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two checks can be made. With the wheel turned slightly, maintained while the engine is started, you notice a slight movement in the wheel as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an instant indication the power steering is functioning ok
Q10. Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.
Turn on ignition (if necessary), operate switch for lights, walk round the vehicle.
Q11. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Apply indicators or hazard warning lights and check all indicators.
Q12. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
Turn on ignition (if necessary). Operate horn.
Q13. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.
by applying the handbrake and when it is fully applied it secures
itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.
(Below are new questions added 1st July
Q14. Tell me
how you make sure your head restraint is
restraint should be adjusted so the rigid
Q15. Show me
how you would clean the windscreen
control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn
Tell me how you would check that the headlights &
Operate switch (turn on ignition if
Q17. Show me
how you would set the demister controls
relevant controls including; fan, temperature,
Q18. Show me
how you would switch on the rear fog
switch (turn on dipped headlights and
Q19. Tell me
how you would know if there was a
should illuminate if there is a fault
Q20. Show me
how you would check that the brake
pedal, make use of reflections in
Q21. Show me
how you switch your headlight from
switch (with ignition or engine on if
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