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Q1) Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
A1) Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine)
TIP- Most cars will not need to have the ignition switched on to activate the hazard switch, so it should be simple to lean into the car, switch it on, walk around the car checking all 4 main indicators (there are also indicators on the front wings and/or the door mirrors), and then lean into the car to switch off the hazard switch.
Q2) 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)
A2) Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. (you may need to switch ignition on, but do not start engine)
Q3) Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
A3) If 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.
Q4) Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.
A4) Apply footbrake 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.
TIP- Keep the button pressed in when aplying the handbrake so that you do not hear the ratchet noise.
Q5) (Show me) 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.
A5) Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.
TIP- You will have to open the bonnet, but then just point to the dipstick, and describe pulling it out to check the level. Different cars have different min/ max markers- they could have lines or rings. People usually wait for the engine to be stopped for a while before checking the oil level (on level ground), pull out the dipstick, wipe it on a cloth, re-insert it, and then pull it out once more to check the level. Q6) (Show me) 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.
A6) Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
TIP- You should always wait for the engine to cool down before opening the header tank cap or the radiator cap. This is because the cooling system is pressurised, and although the normal running temperature of an engine is around 80c (very hot), it can rise to above boiling point.
Q7) (Show me) 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.
A7) Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.
TIP- If and when you do top up with brake fluid, be very careful as brake fluid can cause serious damage to paintwork on the car.
Q8) Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
A8) Check is carried out by using control usually on steering wheel. (turn on ignition if necessary).
Q9) Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers
A9) Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).
Q10) Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows...
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