DOT Periodic Vehicle Inspection Checklist

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

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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

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