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black cap (left middle) coolant

blue cap  (left top) screen wash

orange dipstick (middle bottom) 

yellowcap (top right) brake fluid


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Q1arrow Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil   level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient   oil.
        Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil   level against the minimum / maximum markers. 

Q2arrow 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 fill up to the correct level when the engine is cold. 

Q3arrow 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.

Q4arrow Identify where the windscreen washer   reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer   level.
        Open the bonnet and identify reservoir and explain how to check   level. 

Q5arrow Tell me where you   would find the information for the recommended tyre pressure for this car and   how tyre pressures should be checked.
        Manufacturers guide, use a   reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t   forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

Q6arrow Tell 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.
        Check that there are no cuts and bulges and   there is at least 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of   the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Q7arrow Tell me how you would check that the brakes   are working before starting a journey.
        Brakes should not   feel spongy or slake. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not   pull to one side.

Q8arrow Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working. (No   need to exit vehicle)
        Operate light switch (turn on   ignition if necessary). As this is now a ‘Tell me’ question, there is no need to   physically check the lights. 

Q9arrow Tell me how you would   make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best   protection in the event of a crash.
        The head restraint should be   adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye   or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. N.B.   Some head restraints might not be adjustable. 

Q10arrow Tell me how you know   if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.
        Warning   light on the dashboard should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock   braking system. 

Q11arrow 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, 2 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. 

Q12arrow Show 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.
        Operate   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. 

Q13arrow Show me how you would   check that the direction indicators are working.
        Applying 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. 

Q14arrow Show me how you would   check that the horn is working (off road only)
        Check is carried out by   using control. You may need to switch the engine on, however don’t start the   car. 

Q15arrow Show me how you would   check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear: Make sure you keep safe   control of the vehicle.
        Apply foot brake firmly. Demonstrate by   applying parking brake (Handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures   itself, and is not at the end of the working travel. 

Q16arrow Show me how you would   clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.
        Operate   control to wash and wipe windscreen. You may need to switch ignition on, however   you should not start the engine. 

Q17: Show me how you would   set the demister controls to clear the windows effectively. This should include   both front and rear screens.
        Set 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. 

Q18arrow Show me how you would   switch on the rear fog light (s) and explain when you would use it / them. (No   need to exit vehicle. Please don’t start the engine).
        Operate switch   turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary) Check warning light is on.   Explain when you would use fog lights. 

Q19arrow Show me how you   switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know   the main beam is on whilst inside the car.
       operate switch (with ignition on) check with main beam warning light

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