Heavy Vehicle Inspection Checklist
Transportation
This heavy inspection checklist can be used by a certified technician to identify problems and mechanical issues of heavy vehicles and to prepare for the DOT annual vehicle inspection.
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General Information

Select vehicle type
Tractor
Trailer
Truck
Bus
Other
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Type vehicle type
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Select vehicle identification type
Search and select all that apply
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Enter VIN #
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Take photo of License Plate No.
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Year, Make and Model
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Enter mileage
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Take photo of the vehicle
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Administrative

Registration & insurance cards are current?
Yes
No
N/A
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License plate and tags are current?
Yes
No
N/A
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Inspection

BRAKE SYSTEM

Adjustment
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Drums or Rotors
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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REFERENCE: Good brakes must be free from rusts

Hoses and/or Tubing
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Lining
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Warning (Low Pressure)
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Tractor Protection Valve
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Air Compressor
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Service Brakes
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Parking Brakes
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Electric Brakes
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Hydraulic Brakes
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Vacuum Brakes
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Warning (Sys Failure)
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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STEERING SYSTEM

Free Play (Lash)
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Steering Column
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Front Axle Beam
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Steering Gear Box
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Pittman Arm.
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Ball & Socket Joints
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Tie Rods &Drag Links
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Power Steering Fluid
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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WINDSHIELDS

Glass free of cracks, discoloration
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Wiper power unit, blades
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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WIPERS

All working and in good condition
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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FUEL SYSTEM

Visible Leaks
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Fill Caps in place/intact
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Tank(s) securely attached
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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LIGHTING DEVICES

Headlamps
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Front Turn Signals
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Front ID/Clearance Lamps
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Side Marker Lamps —Left
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Side Marker Lamps -Right
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Rear Turn Signals
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Stop Lamps
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Tail Lamps
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Rear ID/Clearance Lamps
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Re fie ctors / Ref Tape
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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COUPLING DEVICES

5th Wheel
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Pintle Hooks
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Drawbar Eye
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Drawbar Tongue
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Safety Devices
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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EXHAUST SYSTEM

Leaks
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Placement
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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SAFE LOADING

Securement Devices
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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SUSPENSION

Springs (cracked/broken/shifted)
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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U-bolts. Hangers, etc.
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Torque, Radius, Tracking Arms
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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FRAME

Frame Members
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Tire &Wheel Clearance
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Sliding Subframe (adj. axle)
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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TIRES

Steering Axle Tires -Condition
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Steering Tires - over 4/32" tread
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Other Tires — Condition
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Other Tires — over 2/32" tread
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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WHEELS & RIMS

Lock/Slide Ring
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Fasteners
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Disk/Spoke Condition
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Welds
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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CARGO & EQUIPMENT (LEAN)

All equipment is secured & adequately stored?
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Truck is organized & free of excessive material?
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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SAFETY

Health & Safety Manual in the truck?
Yes
No
N/A
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First Aid kit is complete and items within the expiration date?
Yes
No
N/A
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Fire extinguisher mounted with current inspection tag?
Yes
No
N/A
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Sure off tester and water management tools on truck?
Yes
No
N/A
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IF EQUIPPED WITH A TRAILER

Trailer has been checked for proper connection to the vehicle?
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Brakes if equipped?
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Cargo Secure?
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Lights/Marker Lamps?
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Springs Appear OK?
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Straps/Tie Downs?
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Trailer Tires & Pressure?
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Trailer Platform Integrity?
OK
Needs Repair
Not Applicable
Repaired
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Summary

List any other condition which may affect safe vehicle operation.
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Enter any other observations
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Rate the overall condition of the vehicle
Excellent
Good
Average
Poor
High Risk
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Recommendations

Enter recommendations here
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Completion

Signature

Full Name and Signature of Certified Inspector
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