QUESTIONS AT THE START OF THE TEST:
You will be asked 2 of the following - some you may be asked to TELL how you would do something, others you may be asked to SHOW how you would actually do it. Getting both answers wrong would only incur 1 minor fault. The bonnet release is in the passenger footwell. DO NOT START THE ENGINE UNLESS ASKED TO BY THE EXAMINER!
Q. Open bonnet, TELL how you would check the oil level.
A. Point to dipstick, explain you would make sure the road is level, then remove dipstick, wipe clean, re-insert, remove again and ensure the oil level is between the MAX and MIN marks. If necessary you would top up where the oil cap is.
Q. Open bonnet, identify engine coolant. TELL how you would check the level.
A. Point to coolant tank, explain you would make sure the road is level, then observe the level and check it is between the MAX and MIN marks. If necessary you would top up with water when the engine is cold.
Q. Open bonnet, identify brake fluid reservoir. TELL how you woud check the level.
A. Point to brake fluid reservoir, explain you would make sure the road is level, and the level is up to the MAX mark. If necessary you would top up with brake fluid.
Q. Open bonnet, identify windscreen washer reservoir. TELL how you would check the level.
A. Point to filler cap, explain you would keep topped up with a mix of water and windscreen washer fluid.
Q. SHOW how you would check all the indicators are working.
A. Open the passenger door (so you don't have to stand in the road), switch on hazzard warning lights. Then walk round the car to observe all 6 indicators are flashing.
Q. TELL how you would check the headlights and tail lights are working.
A. Explain you would switch on the ignition if necessary, then turn the light switch twice. You would then walk to the back and front of the car to make sure the lights are lit.
Q. SHOW how you would check the brake lights are working - the examiner will offer to assist you.
A. Ask the examiner to stand at the back of the car, switch the ignition on (DO NOT START THE ENGINE), then press the brake pedal to operate the brake lights. If asked how you would check them on your own, explain you would look for reflections behind the car.
Q. TELL how you would check the brakes are working before starting a journey.
A. Explain you would drive forward, apply the brake pedal and make sure it's not spongy or slack, and the car doesn't pull to one side.
Q. TELL where you would find recommended tyre pressures for the car, and how you would check them.
A. Explain you would look in the cars handbook, and then attach a pressure gauge to the valve on the tyre. You would adjust if necessary, refit the valve cap, you would also check the spare tyre, and you would do this WHEN THE TYRES ARE COLD.
Q. TELL how you would check the tyres have sufficent tread depth, and their general condition is safe for use on the road.
A. Explain you would use a tread depth gauge to ensure they have AT LEAST 1.6mm of tread, and that there are no cuts or bulges in the wall of the tyre.
Q. SHOW how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear.
A. Apply footbrake, and then release the handbrake, and then pull it back up explaining you are checking to make sure it secures itself, and doesn't reach the end of it's travel (come too far up).
Q. SHOW how you would check the power steering is working.
A. Turn the steering wheel slightly to feel stiffness, maintain this pressure while starting engine, and you will feel the steering wheel kick.
Q. SHOW how you would clean the windscreen using the wipers and washers.
A. Turn on the ignition, then pull the wiper stalk towards you.
Q. SHOW how you would set the demister controls for the front and back windows.
A. Start the engine, and push the front and rear demister buttons.
Q. SHOW how you would switch on the rear foglight, and explain when you would use it.
A. Turn ignition on, turn headlight switch twice to dipped, then turn the inner section of the stalk twice to switch the rear fog light on, and check the orange warning light is lit. Explain you would use it when visibilty is less than 100 metres, and you would switch it off once visibility has improved.
Q. SHOW how you would switch your headlights from dipped to main beam, and explain how you would know main beam is on.
A. Turn ignition on, turn headlight witch twice to dipped, then pull the headlight stalk firmly towards the steering wheel. The blue warning light will then light up on the dashboard.
Q. TELL how you would check your head restraint is correctly adjusted.
A. Explain you would make sure the top of the head restraint is at least as high as your ears, and as close to the back of your head as possible.
Q. TELL how you would know if there was a problem with the anti-lock braking system.
A. Explain the ABS warning light would illuminate if there was a fault.
The last question only applies at a test centre with a car park:
Q. SHOW how you would check the horn is working.
A. Tap horn switch (centre section of steering wheel).
UNDER THE BONNET
1 - WINDSCREEN WASHER FLUID 2 - ENGINE COOLANT
3 - ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK 4 - BRAKE FLUID