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Show Me/Tell Me Questions

Q1. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me

how you would check the engine has the correct level.

Identify the coolant tank and check the min/max markings. If the coolant is below the min mark

then more coolant will need to be added. To do this, unscrew the cap and pour in coolant until

the max mark is reached.


Q2. 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 the brake fluid reservoir and check the fluid level against the min/max levels.


Q3. Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working

before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy the steering may be faulty. Before starting a journey two simple

checks can be made. 1) Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained whilst the engine is

started, should result in slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate.


Q4. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check

the windscreen washer level.

Identify the reservoir and explain how to check the level.


Q5. Open the bonnet identify, where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how

you would check that the engine has enough oil.

Identify the dipstick, pull it out and check the oil level against the min/max markings.


Q6. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).

Press the horn and listen (turn on ignition if necessary).


Q7. 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)


Q8. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

As you move off check the brakes. They should not feel spongy and the car should not pull to

one side.


Q9. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

Turn on lights (turn ignition if necessary), walk around car and check that the lights are on.


Q10. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly.

Activate the indicators or hazard warning lights and walk around the car to see if all the

indicators are working correctly.


Q11. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures

for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

Information will be found using the car manufacturer's manual. Check the tyre pressures by

using a reliable pressure gauge when the tyres are cold. Don't forget the spare and remember to

refit the valve caps.


Q12. Tell me how you would check the tyres to show that they have sufficient tread depth

and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

A safe tyre will have no cuts or bulges. The tread depth should be at least 1.6mm across the

central 3/4s of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.


Q13. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

Apply the parking brake. When it is fully applied it should secure itself.


Q14. Tell me how you 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

restraints might not be adjustable.


Q15. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and


Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary.


Q16. 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 windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.


Q17. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking


Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.


Q18. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how

you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.


Q19. 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).

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on.

Explain use.


Note: Failure on one or both of the show me tell me questions will result in one minor fault.

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