Show Me, Tell Me questions

Prior to these questions you must ensure you tell the examiner you would only look under the bonnet if the engine is off, and cold and if checking levels it must be parked on a level surface, and any technical information would be found in the cars manual.

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Open the bonnet and Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is, and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level?

The washer bottle is at the front right with a blue cap. This must be full with the correct mixture of water and screen wash

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Open the bonnet and Identify where you would find the coolant reservoir and tell how you would check the coolant fluid level?

The coolant reservoir is just to the left of the washer bottle. This must be filled to the ‘max’ mark on the reservoir with the recommended coolant advised in the manual.

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Open the bonnet and Identify where you would find the brake fluid reservoir and tell how you would check the brake fluid level?

The brake fluid reservoir is top left with a yellow cap. This must be filled to the ‘max’ mark on the reservoir with the recommended brake fluid advised from the manual.

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Open the bonnet and tell me how you would check the oil fluid level and how you would check it has sufficient oil?

The dipstick is located on the back left of the engine with a BLUE handle. The dipstick should be pulled out and wiped with a clean cloth then replaced, remove it again to check the level. The level should be somewhere between the high and low mark, ideally just below the high. If it is ‘low’, remove the cap on the top left of the engine and using a funnel and the recommended oil advised from the manual, top up a small amount at a time by re-checking the dipstick each time as you add more oil adjusting as necessary. Don’t exceed the maximum mark and wipe away any spillage once you have finished.

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Tell me where you would find the recommended tyre pressures for the car and how you would check them?

The tyre pressures would be found in the manual, and then you would use a local garages air pump, checking all the tyres in turn including the spare adjusting as necessary, replacing the dust cap after each one.

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Tell me how you would ensure the tyres have the correct tread depth is and how you would check they are safe and in good condition for use on the road?

You would ensure all the tyres including the spare had a minimum of 1.6mm tread depth and the tyres had no damage such as bulges or tears.

Tell me how you would check the head restraint is correctly adjusted so it gives you the best protection in the event of a crash?

You make sure the centre of the head restraint is in line with your eyes and adjust it with the button on the right side of the head restraint.

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Tell me how you would know if you had a problem with the anti lock braking system?

You would see an ‘ABS’ warning light illuminate on the dashboard, pull over a.s.a.p, refer to the manual to find information about the warning light, and follow its advice.

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Tell me how you would check the brakes are working before you start your journey?

Press the foot brake down to ensure it is firm and not spongy. Drive 200/300m down the road and pull over and stop as normal. Make sure the brakes don’t pull you sideward’s strangely or feel strange in any way. You would expect everything to be as normal, if in doubt you would need to leave the car where you stopped get some mechanical assistance.

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Show me how you would check the direction indicators are working before you start your journey?

Put the hazard lights on located in the middle of the dash board, then walk around the car cupping each indicator light on each corner and sides of the car (6 in total), then turn off

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Show me how you would check the Brake Lights lights are working before you start your journey? (the examiner can assist you)

Ask the examiner to stand at the rear of the car. Check the car has its handbrake on and the gear is selected to neutral. Turn on the ignition switch two turns until you see dashboard lights appear, and press the brake pedal seeking confirmation the brake lights have illuminated from the examiner

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Tell me how you would check the head lights and side lights are working before you start your journey? (No need to exit the car)

Explain that the head lights switch is found on the indicator lever, turn the arm away from you two clicks, the dashboard lights will be illuminated green by the speedometer dial. This is then set on dipped beam which is the normal headlight position. You would then exit the car and check you have two white lights on the front and two red lights on the rear

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Show me how you would turn on the headlights from dipped beam to full beam and how you would know they were on full beam inside the car?

Turn the headlights two turns away from you and a green dipped headlight symbol will illuminate by the speedometer dial, and then pull the complete arm towards you until it clicks. A blue light will illuminate where the green light was on, the blue light is how you would know you were on full beam. Reverse the procedure to turn everything off.

Show me how you would turn the rear fog lights on and when you would use them?

You would use the rear fog lights when the visibility is less than 100m, with dipped lights already selected, push the fog light switch on located on the facia right of steering wheel.

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Show me how you would set the demisters to clean both the rear and front windscreens?

The symbols are found by the heater controls. The symbol with the slanted sides is the front windscreen and the symbol with the square sides is the rear. To operate the front windscreen turn the left knob towards the slanted symbol and the other two knobs to the desired position, once completed return all knobs back as they were. To operate the rear simply press the button with the squared symbol on or off.

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Show me how you would check the handbrake (parking brake) for excessive wear ensuring you keep in safe control of the car?

Press the footbrake and then put the handbrake on as normal, explaining that when it comes up and goes taught it only requires about two clicks to hold the car secure. If it pulls up to unusually high or requires more clicks to hold the car secure it needs adjusting.

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Show me how you would check the horn is working? (Off road only)

Press the horn on the steering wheel.

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Show me how you would clean the front windscreen using the windscreen washers?

Check the handbrake is up and the gear is in neutral, turn the ignition key two clicks until dash board lights illuminate. Pull the right hand lever (wiper arm) towards you, hold for a second and the washers will automatically come on.

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Show me how you would check the power assisted steering is working before you start your journey?

Check the handbrake is on and the gear is in neutral, turn the ignition on so the engine is actually running. Gently rock the steering wheel side to side to see that it is normal i.e. nice and easy and quiet to turn. If it is difficult to turn or noisy you would require mechanical assistance to get it adjusted.