Show Me / Tell Me Questions for Citroen DS3

Show Me / Tell Me Questions for Citroen DS3
Q: Show me how you would check the
direction indicators are working.
A: Use the hazard indicator switch to
activate all the indicators at the same time.
Exit the car and walk around it checking all
6 lamps are flashing. Don’t forget the little
indicator under each door mirror.
Q: Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
A: The brakes should be tested as you set off. They should not feel spongy or slack. Nor should the car pull
to one side as you brake.
Q: Show me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car. (Examiner: “I can assist you if
needed. You may need to switch the ignition on but please do not start the engine”).
A: Turn the key until the ignition comes on (lots of lights and dial pointers rotate briefly). Do not start the
engine. Ask the examiner to exit the vehicle and observe the back of the car. When you press the brake
pedal he should see 3 brake lights.
(Note: It is advisable to test brake lights regularly. If you need to do so on your own this is best performed
after dark. Reverse the car up to a garage door or window etc. Check the mirrors for a reflection of the
brake lights.
Q: Show me how you would check that the power assisted
steering is working correctly before the start of a journey.
A: With the engine off, apply some pressure to the steering wheel
as if you are attempting to turn it. Maintain this pressure while
you start the engine. When the power steering activates you will
notice a significant change in the effort required to turn the
steering wheel.
Q: Tell me where you would find the information for the
recommended tyre pressures for this car and how you would
check they are correct.
A: There are 2 places this information can be found; either in the
user’s handbook or it is on a label on the passenger side door
pillar. Tyre pressures should be checked with a reliable pressure
gauge as found at many filling stations. Don’t forget they should
be checked when the tyres are cold.
Q: Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
A: The horn is located in the centre of the steering wheel. Simply press it firmly and briefly. There is no
need to turn the ignition on or start the engine.
Show Me / Tell Me Questions for Citroen DS3
Q: Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake)
for excessive wear making sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.
A: Press firmly on the footbrake so the car won’t roll. Let the
handbrake off. When you pull it up, show that the ratchet latches
and it holds. The handbrake should feel like you could still pull it up
more i.e. it’s not at the absolute end of its travel.
Q: Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly
adjusted such that it will provide the best protection in the event of
a crash.
A: The height of the head restraint / headrest should be adjusted
so the centre of is approximately the same height as the top of
your ears. To raise it simply lift it. To lower it you will need to press
the release catch first.
Q: Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have
sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe for
use on the road.
A: The tread depth is the depth of the big grooves in a car tyre. To
be legal this must exceed 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre
and for the entire circumference. The wall of the tyre should also
be inspected where there should be no cuts or bulges.
Q: Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the
windscreen washers and wipers.
A: You will need to turn on the ignition. Pull the right hand stalk
towards you for approximately 2 seconds. This will activate the
windscreen washers and start the wipers for a few strokes
Q: Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights
are working. (This is a tell me question so there’s no need to get out
of the vehicle)
A: The headlights won’t come on until the engine is running so you
would need to start the car. Then switch the headlights on using
the control on the left hand stalk. Exit the vehicle and walk around
it inspecting the all lamps. Don’t forget to put the headlights onto
full beam (pull the same stalk towards you) and check the
headlights again.
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Q: Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and
explain when you would use it(them). (No need to exit the vehicle).
A: To operate the fog light you must first turn on the dipped
headlights (see question above). You now need to twist the control
pictured away from you and release it. The first twist turns on the
front fog lights, the second turns on the rear. To turn off, one twist
towards you and release turns off the rear, then repeat to turn off
the front.
The left green indicator shows the front fog light is on while the
right orange indicator is for the rear fog light.
Fog lights should only be used when the visibility is less than 100M
The fog lights on the DS3 default to off after the headlights are
turned off.
Q: Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all
the windows effectively. This should include both front and rear
A: Pressing the two switches identified in the adjacent picture will
activate the demister settings for the windscreen and the heated
rear window. It is also advisable to point the two side air ducts
towards the side windows.
Q: Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with the anti-lock braking system. (ABS)
A: If there’s a problem with the ABS, the ABS light should illuminate. Switch on the ignition and identify it.
Q: Show me how you would switch your headlight from dipped to
main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on
whilst inside the car
A: See question above on how to switch on the headlights. Pull the
left stalk towards you fully to activate the main beam. Observe the
blue indicator light on the dash.
The DS3 defaults to dipped beam when the headlights are switched
on regardless of their state when they were switched off.
The remaining questions involve opening the bonnet.
1: Pull the lever inside the car
2: Move safety catch to the left
3: Position of bonnet prop
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Q: Open the bonnet and identify where you would check the engine oil
level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.
A: The dipstick is located towards the front of the car as indicated by the
picture. It has an orange top. There is no requirement to remove it to
answer this question, however you should know the procedure that
should be carried out when the engine is cold and the car is parked on a
level surface: Pull out the dipstick and wipe with a cloth. Re-insert the
dipstick and withdraw again. Ensure the engine oil level is between the
high and lower markers. Re-insert the dipstick.
If the oil level is low then remove the oil filler cap and top up the level
with the correct type of oil.
Q: Open the bonnet and identify where you would check the engine
coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the
correct level.
A: The coolant reservoir is shown in the top picture. It has a black cap
and is easily identified since if the car has recently been driven, it will be
The reservoir has MAX and MIN level lines shown in the bottom picture.
If the level is low it must be topped up with the correct ratio of
antifreeze and water. If it is only slightly low then just water will be
Q: Open the bonnet and identify where you would check the windscreen
washer reservoir and tell me how you would check the level.
A: The windscreen washer fluid reservoir is located just next to the
coolant reservoir. It has a blue cap. There are NO max & min lines. It’s
full when it’s full and when it is low the car will advise you.
Q: Open the bonnet and identify where you would check the brake fluid
reservoir and tell me how you would check you have a safe level of
hydraulic fluid.
A: The brake fluid reservoir is identified in the picture. It has a yellow
cap. It has MAX & MIN lines like the coolant reservoir. If the fluid is very
low there could be a leak of hydraulic fluid and should be investigated
immediately. Top up with brake fluid.
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