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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 the dipstick, describe check of oil against minimum/maximum markers.

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Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before you start a  journey.

If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting the 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. Alteratively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give you an immediate indication that  the power assistance is functioning.

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Open the bonnet, identify where you would identify 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 top up to correct level.
Show Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you kep safe control of the vehicle. Apply footbrake firmly. Demonstrate by applying the parkng brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.
Tell Identify where the windscreen washer resevoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level. Identify the resevoir and explain how to check the level.
Show Show me how you would check the horn is working (offroad only). Sound the horn. (Turn ignition on if necessary).
Show Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid resevoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic fluid. Identify resevoir, check level against high/low markings.
Show Show me how you would check the directon indicators are working. Apply the indicators or hazard warning switch and check function of all indicators. (May need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine).
Show 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. (May need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine).
Tell Tell me how you would check the brakes are working before starting a journey. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes shouls be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
Tell Tell me how you would check the headlights and tail lights are working. (No need to exit the vehicle). Explanation: Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle. (As this is a tell me question there is no need to physically check the lights).
Tell Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressure for this car and how tyre pressure should be checked. Manufacturer's guide, use a reliable tyre pressure gauge, check and adjust pressure when the tyres are cold, don't forget spare tyre, remember to fit valve caps.
Tell Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe for use on the road. The minimum tread depth should be no less than 1.6mm across the central 3/4 breadth of the tyre and around the entire circumference. No cuts and bulges.
Show Show me how you would clean the winscreen using the windscreenwasher and wipers. Operate the control to wash and wipe windscreen. (Turn ignition on if necessary).
Show Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all 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 winscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.
Show Show me how you would switch on the rear foglights and explain when you would use them. (No need to exit the vehicle). Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessay). Check warning light is on. Fog lights should be used when visibility is reduced to 100m or less.
Show Show me how you would 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 if necessary), check the mainbeam warning light.
Tell Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted to offer 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 the 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.
Tell Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system. A warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

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