1 – 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.
A – Identify dipstick/oil lever indicator, describe check of oil level against min/max markers.
2 – 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.
A – Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or on older vehicles the radiator cap and describe how to top up to the correct level. DO NOT OPEN RADIATOR CAP OF A HOT ENGINE.
3 – Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the washer level.
A – Identify reservoir and explain how you would visually check level
4 – 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.
A – Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.
5 – Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.
A – Operate brake pedal, make use of reflectors in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help.
6 – Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
A – Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
7 – 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.
A – No cuts or bulges. 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.
8 – Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
A – Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.
9 – Show me/explain how you would check that the power steering is working before starting a journey.
A – 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.
10 – Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.
A – Operate switch (safety checks & turn on ignition if necessary), walk round vehicle.