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TRUCKINGTRUTH.COMTTDaniel B.’sCDL PRE-TRIPINSPECTION GUIDE

TTTRUCKINGTRUTH.COMPRE-TRIP INSPECTION GUIDETable Of ContentsIntroductionPre-Trip Inspection TerminologyEngine CompartmentDriver’s Door Fuel AreaCoupling SystemTrailerLight CheckIn-Cab Inspection & Brake Testsi

TTTRUCKINGTRUTH.COMPRE-TRIP INSPECTION GUIDEiiIntroductionThis is my Pre-Trip Inspection , done my way! This PreTrip is done on my truck and trailer. It is a completePre-Trip Inspection and features everything you’ll needto know. I’ve been working on this for a long time andmy hometime finally gave me the chance to finish it allup.This is based off of Prime Inc.’s Pre-Trip Inspection procedure. Your companies Pre-Trip might vary slightly.Here are our sections:Engine CompartmentDrivers Door Fuel AreaCoupling SystemTrailer (Please note in the type of suspensionyour trailer has)Light CheckIn-Cab Inspection and Brake Tests

TTTRUCKINGTRUTH.COMPRE-TRIP INSPECTION GUIDEiiiYou will absolutely have to do the Coupling System, LightCheck, and In-Cab Inspection. Then they select for youto also do either the Engine Compartment, Drivers DoorFuel Area, or the Trailer. It could be either one. You willhave a total of 4 sections that you must pass on yourexam. So study extra-hard on those required sections.As stated, these are solely based off of how I like to dothe Pre-Trip. I give my personal opinions as well as somehelpful tips.Your Instructors advice may vary. In the end, just do itthe way your Instructor wants you to do it.Daniel B.Original Forum st-see

TTTRUCKINGTRUTH.COMPRE-TRIP INSPECTION GUIDEivPre-Trip InspectionTerminology:PMS - Properly Mounted, SecureCBB - Cracked, Bent, BrokenABC - Abrasions, Bulges, CutsA few general tips:If its rubber - ABCIf it has fluid/air going through it or in it Not leaking.If its mounted (almost everything is)- PMSIf its metal or some other hard surface- CBB

TTTRUCKINGTRUTH.COMPRE-TRIP INSPECTION GUIDE1Engine CompartmentLeaksCheck for leaks under the truck.DANIEL’S TIP: This is easy to forget, I suggest youmention it first to get it out of the way.

TTTRUCKINGTRUTH.COMPRE-TRIP INSPECTION GUIDE2Belt Driven AlternatorProperly Mounted and Secure. Not Cracked, Bent, or Broken. All wires connected The belt is not cracked or frayedand the free play on the belt is between 1/2 to 3/4 of aninch.DANIEL’S TIP: Remember the Alternator is Belt Driven.Do not forget to mention the belt!

TTTRUCKINGTRUTH.COMPRE-TRIP INSPECTION GUIDE3General Hoses Passenger SideProperly Mounted and Secure at both ends. No Abrasions, Bulges or Cuts and not leaking.DANIEL’S TIP: Don’t forget to mention “at both ends”.Fluids run through these hoses so you must say thatthey’re not leaking.

TTTRUCKINGTRUTH.COMPRE-TRIP INSPECTION GUIDE4General Hoses Drivers SideProperly Mounted and Secure at both ends. No Abrasions, Bulges or Cuts and not leaking.DANIEL’S TIP: Same thing - Don’t forget to mention“at both ends”. Fluids run through these hoses so youmust say that they’re not leaking.

TTTRUCKINGTRUTH.COMPRE-TRIP INSPECTION GUIDE5Coolant ReservoirProperly Mounted and Secure Not Cracked, Bent, or Broken. Not leaking. Not leaking and filled to manufacturersspecifications.DANIEL’S TIP: The Reservoir must be Properly Mount-ed and Secure, but don’t forget about the hoses leading toand from the Reservoir! You must also state that its filled tomanufactures specifications and not leaking.

TTTRUCKINGTRUTH.COMPRE-TRIP INSPECTION GUIDE6Belt Driven Water PumpProperly Mounted and Secure Not Cracked, Bent, or Broken. Not leaking The belt is not cracked or frayed andthe free play on the belt is between 1/2 to 3/4 of aninch.DANIEL’S TIP: The Water Pump is Belt Driven, don’tforget that belt! Check all the hoses running to and fromthe Water Pump, ensure that nothing is leaking.

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CDL PRE-TRIP INSPECTION GUIDE. TRUCKINGTRUTH.COM PRE-TRIP INSPECTION GUIDE TT i Table Of Contents Introduction Pre-Trip Inspection Terminology Engine Compartment Driver’s Door Fuel Area Coupling System Trailer Light Check In-Cab Inspection & Brake Tests. TRUCKINGTRUTH.COM PRE-TRIP INSPECTION GUIDE