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.

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 by
Section 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 Componentes
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.