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DOT Periodic Vehicle Inspection Checklist

Posted by admin on July 14, 2016
   

This checklist includes key vehicle maintenance items that should be reviewed on a periodic basis to ensure safety and compliance with DOT regulations.

1. Brake System
Item Reference Description Status Comments
01 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
01.a
Service Brakes    
02 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
01.b
Parking Brake System    
03 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
01.c
Brake Drums or Rotors    
04 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
01.d
Brake Hose    
05 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
01.e
Brake Tubing    
06 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
01.f
Low Pressure Warning Device    
07 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
01.g
Tractor Protection Valve    
08 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
01.h
Air Compressor    
09 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
01.i
Electric Brakes    
10 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
01.j
Hydraulic Brakes    
11 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
01.k
Vacuum Systems    
2. Coupling System
Item Reference Description Status Comments
12 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
02.a
Fifth Wheels    
13 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
02.b
Pintle Hooks    
14 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
02.c
Drawbar/Towbar Eye    
15 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
02.d
Drawbar/Towbar Tongue    
16 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
02.e
Saftey Devices    
17 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
02.f
Rails and Saddle Mounts    
3. Exhaust System
Item Reference Description Status Comments
18 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
03.a
No Leaking Exhaust by driving/sleeping compartment    
19 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
03.b
Bus Exhaust    
20 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
03.c
Exhaust Location    
4. Fuel System
Item Reference Description Status Comments
21 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
04.a
No Visible Leaks    
22 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
04.b
Filler Cap In Place    
23 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
04.c
Fuel Tank Not Loose    
5. Light Devices
Item Reference Description Status Comments
24 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
05.a
Light devices and reflectors required bySection 393 are operable    
6. Safe Loading
Item Reference Description Status Comments
25 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
06.a
Vehicle loaded such that the spare tire and any part of the load or dunnage can not fall onto the roadway.    
26 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
06.b
Cargo secured to protect against shifting    
27 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
06.c
Container securement devices installed on intermodal equipment    
7. Steering Mechanism
Item Reference Description Status Comments
28 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
07.a
Steering Wheel Free Play    
29 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
07.b
Steering Column    
30 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
07.c
Front Axel Bean and All Steering Components Other Than Steering Column    
31 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
07.d
Steering Gear Box    
32 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
07.e
Pitman Arm    
33 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
07.f
Power Steering    
34 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
07.g
Ball and Socket Joints    
35 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
07.h
Tie Rods and Drag Links    
36 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
07.i
Nuts    
37 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
07.j
Steering System    
8. Suspension
Item Reference Description Status Comments
38 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
08.a
Axle in normal position with no cracked, broken, loose or missing U-bolt(s), spring hanger(s), or other axle positioning part(s).    
39 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
08.b
Spring Assembly    
40 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
08.c
Torque, Radius, and Tracking Components    
9. Frame
Item Reference Description Status Comments
41 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
09.a
Frame Members    
42 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
09.b
Tire and Wheel Clearance    
43 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
09.c
Adjustable Axle Assemblies    
10. Tires
Item Reference Description Status Comments
44 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
10.a
Tires on steering axles or power units    
45 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
10.b
All tires other than those found on steering axles or power units    
11. Wheels and Rims
Item Reference Description Status Comments
46 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
11.a
Lock or Side Ring    
47 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
11.b
Wheels and Rims    
48 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
11.c
Fasteners    
49 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
11.d
Welds    
12. Windshield Glazing
Item Reference Description Status Comments
50 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
12.a
Windshield glazing is free of cracks, discoloring, and
vision reducing matter.
   
13. Windshield Wipers
Item Reference Description Status Comments
51 FMCSA 396.17
Appendix G -
13.a
All power units have operable wipers and no missing or damaged parts that render them ineffective.    

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