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An effective braking system and driver ability behind the wheel are most important to ensure swift and safe braking. Once has to ensure that their breaks are working before they hit the road. Take this quiz on breaks and breaking system and see how well you know about them as a whole.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Once all of the lug nuts have been torqued, go around them again, this time in a _______________ to ensure that you did not miss any in the previous pattern.

    • A.

      Star pattern

    • B.

      Circular pattern

    • C.

      Alternating pattern

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Star pattern
    Explanation
    Always use a star pattern to ensure the wheel is uniformly tightened to the hub.

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  • 2. 

    When installing wheels on a vehicle that a technician just finished servicing, the technician should use a(n) __________________________ to tighten each wheel lug nut.

    • A.

      Impact gun

    • B.

      Air ratchet

    • C.

      Torque wrench

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Torque wrench
    Explanation
    The torque wrench ensures each lug is tightened exactly as much as each other lug.

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  • 3. 

    When inspecting wheel studs for damage, a technician should look for which of the following?

    • A.

      Necked-down or thinned-out sections

    • B.

      Cross-threading

    • C.

      Seizing of the lug nut on the stud

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Each of these are examples of how a stud could be damaged.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following is a typical disc rotor?

    • A.

      Hub-style

    • B.

      Hubless-style

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B
    Explanation
    Disc rotors are available in both a hub and hubless-style configuration.

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  • 5. 

    Removing the rotor is usually required when the rotor:

    • A.

      Is under the specified minimum thickness.

    • B.

      Would be under the minimum thickness after machining.

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B
    Explanation
    The rotor would need to be replaced in both of these circumstances.

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  • 6. 

    True or False. Disc rotors and drums can be refinished while on the vehicle or off the vehicle

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Drums can not be refinished while they remain installed.

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  • 7. 

    True or False. Rotors that are too thin cannot handle as much heat and will experience brake fade.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Rotors that are too thin do not have the same mass as those that are thicker. As a result, they hold onto more heat and fade is experienced.

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  • 8. 

    Excessive brake disc rotor thickness variation will cause:

    • A.

      Steering wheel shimmy.

    • B.

      A brake surging feeling.

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. A brake surging feeling.
    Explanation
    Excessive thickness variation will cause surging.

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  • 9. 

    Which of the following is a type of disc brake pad wear indicator?

    • A.

      Scratcher type

    • B.

      Sensor type

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B
    Explanation
    Both of these are options for brake pad wear indication.

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  • 10. 

    True or False. Retracting the caliper piston on an integrated parking brake system is different than on a standard caliper.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A special tool is required when retracting a piston on a caliper with an integrated parking brake.

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  • 11. 

    Which of the following can cause brake pedal pulsation?

    • A.

      Warped rotors

    • B.

      Anti-lock braking system operation

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B
    Explanation
    Both of these will cause brake pedal pulsation, but when the ABS operates, it's considered normal.

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  • 12. 

    True or False. Pinching off the flexible brake hoses with vice grip pliers is a recommended method of closing rubber brake lines.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    No, vise grips are way too aggressive to install on a brake hose.

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  • 13. 

    If the ________________ anti-lock braking system warning lamp illuminates, it typically means the vehicle's power train control module has observed a fault in the anti-lock brake system and will need to be checked for diagnostic trouble codes.

    • A.

      Red

    • B.

      Blue

    • C.

      Yellow

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Yellow
    Explanation
    The ABS warning light is most often yellow. It is a less threatening situation for the vehicle occupants, than low brake fluid.

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  • 14. 

    Disc brake rotors with holes or slots machined into their surface can help:

    • A.

      Dissipate heat more quickly.

    • B.

      Remove water more quickly

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B
    Explanation
    Slotted and drilled will help with both heat removal and water removal, but it reduces the friction area of the pad with the rotor.

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  • 15. 

    In a disc brake system, the dust shields help control which of the following?

    • A.

      Dust

    • B.

      Water

    • C.

      Road debris

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The dust shield will help is keep all of these contaminates from the disc braking system.

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  • 16. 

    Tech A says that when the brake pedal is depressed, a push rod creates the hydraulic pressure in the disc brake system. Tech B says that when the brake pedal is depressed, a push rod transfers the force through a brake booster to a hydraulic master cylinder. Who is correct? 

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    B. Tech B
    Explanation
    The push rod does not create hydraulic force. It is merely an intermediate component, responsible for transferring force to the remaining brake system.

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  • 17. 

    All of the following are disadvantages of disc brake systems, EXCEPT:

    • A.

      Water dissipation.

    • B.

      Rotor warpage.

    • C.

      Squeals.

    • D.

      Squeaks.

    Correct Answer
    A. Water dissipation.
    Explanation
    Water dissipation is an advantage of the disc braking system.

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  • 18. 

    Tech A says that fixed calipers are rigidly bolted in place and cannot move or slide. Tech B says that the sliding or floating caliper has brake pads located on each side of the rotor, but all the pistons are on only one side, usually the inside of the rotor. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    C. Both Techs A and B
    Explanation
    Fixed calipers are rigidly bolted in place. Sliding calipers do only have one piston.

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  • 19. 

    All of the following are types of disc brake calipers, EXCEPT:

    • A.

      Rotating caliper.

    • B.

      Fixed caliper

    • C.

      Floating caliper.

    • D.

      Sliding caliper.

    Correct Answer
    A. Rotating caliper.
    Explanation
    Rotating calipers do not exist.

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  • 20. 

    Tech A says that in disc brake calipers, the piston is sealed by a stationary round section sealing ring, also called a round cut O-ring. Tech B says that in disc brake calipers, the piston is sealed by a stationary square section sealing ring, also called a square cut O-ring. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    B. Tech B
    Explanation
    The seal for the piston is a stationary, square cut seal.

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  • 21. 

    Tech A says that manufacturers have dealt with caliper brake piston corrosion by making pistons out of a phenolic resin. Tech B says that even though the phenolic pistons themselves do not corrode, the cast iron bore of the caliper does corrode and rust, and can therefore cause a phenolic piston to seize in the bore. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    C. Both Techs A and B
    Explanation
    Phenolic pistons will not corrode. Only the caliper cavity will.

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  • 22. 

    Which of the following is/are LEAST likely to be used to reduce disc brake squeal?

    • A.

      Shims

    • B.

      Spacers

    • C.

      Axle grease

    • D.

      Bendable tangs

    Correct Answer
    C. Axle grease
    Explanation
    Axel grease is not used on braking components.

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  • 23. 

    Tech A says that burnishing the new brake pads results in longer brake pad life. Tech B says that burnishing the new brake pads results in quiet brake life. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    C. Both Techs A and B
    Explanation
    Burnishing pads will help extend pad life and to reduce potential noise.

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  • 24. 

    Tech A says that a wheel stud that shows signs of cross-threaded lug nuts should be rethreaded with a die and put back in service. Tech B says that a wheel stud that shows signs of cross-threaded lug nuts should be replaced. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    B. Tech B
    Explanation
    If found to be damaged, wheel studs and lugs should never be reused or repaired.

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  • 25. 

    Tech A says that the piston on a brake caliper that integrates the parking brake will need to be screwed back in on the threaded shaft to retract it into the bore. Tech B says that you need a special tool that mates to slots, grooves, or holes in the outer face of the caliper piston. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    C. Both Techs A and B
    Explanation
    A special tool is required to push the piston back in and it does line up with the grooves in the face of the caliper piston.

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  • 26. 

    _____________________ do just what their name suggests; they hold the brake shoes against the backing plate.

    • A.

      Specialty springs

    • B.

      Return springs

    • C.

      Hold-down springs

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Hold-down springs
    Explanation
    Hold down springs hold the shoes to the backing plate.

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  • 27. 

    __________________ are used to return links and levers on the parking brake system or the self-adjuster mechanism.

    • A.

      Specialty springs

    • B.

      Return springs

    • C.

      Hold-down springs

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Specialty springs
    Explanation
    Specialty springs have specific applications where they do one task.

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  • 28. 

    Which type of brake lining is typically used on light-duty vehicles?

    • A.

      Bonded

    • B.

      Rivets

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Bonded
    Explanation
    Light duty applications get bonded shoes, heavy uses get riveted shoes.

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  • 29. 

    Which of the following can be found on a typical drum brake shoe?

    • A.

      Holes

    • B.

      Slots

    • C.

      Tabs for springs

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    A brake shoe has all of these.

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  • 30. 

    The ___________________ gets its name from using the servo action in both the forward and the reverse direction.

    • A.

      Twin leading shoe drum brake system

    • B.

      Leading/trailing shoe drum brake system

    • C.

      Duo-servo drum brake system

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Duo-servo drum brake system
    Explanation
    Two actions comprise the self energizing, duo-servo drum brake system.

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  • 31. 

    True or False. The composition of the lining material affects brake operation. Materials that provide good braking with low pedal pressures tend to lose efficiency when they get hot.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Composition of the lining effects the coefficient of friction. Brakes do lose their efficiency when they get hot.

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  • 32. 

    ___________________ are installed so the direction they are applied is the same as the forward rotation of the drum.

    • A.

      Trailing shoes

    • B.

      Leading shoes

    • C.

      Stationary shoes

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Leading shoes
    Explanation
    Which way does a wheel turn when traveling forward? The leading shoe touches the drum first.

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  • 33. 

    Tech A says that it is a good practice to research any technical service bulletins for any brake system complaint. Tech B says that it is common practice to test-drive a vehicle even if the brake pedal goes to the floor. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    A. Tech A
    Explanation
    TSB's can help in repairing many brake and non-brake related repairs. If the brake pedal goes to the floor, should that vehicle be driven?

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  • 34. 

    Tech A says that when removing a hubless-style drum, you should first make matching marks on the drum and hub for reinstallation in the correct position. Tech B says that a center punch can be used to mark the position of the drum to hub. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    C. Both Techs A and B
    Explanation
    When removing brake components, always index the parts. Using a center punch is ok to make these marks.

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  • 35. 

    Tech A says that if a hubless-style drum has screws or speed nuts holding the drum to the hub, you should remove them following the specified procedure. You cannot discard the speed nuts or the screws. Tech B says that if a hubless-style drum has screws or speed nuts holding the drum to the hub, you should remove them following the specified procedure. The speed nuts can be discarded and are not needed upon reassembly. The screws will be reused. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    B. Tech B
    Explanation
    The speed nuts that could be found, are nearly destroyed during removal, making it impossible to reinstall.

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  • 36. 

    Tech A says that the anti-chatter band used for turning brake drums is not necessary, and not installing it on the brake drum will not affect the results. Tech B says that you should always install the anti-chatter band to reduce vibration and get the correct finish on the brake drum. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    B. Tech B
    Explanation
    Always use the anti-chatter / silencer band.

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  • 37. 

    Tech A says that to reassemble a duo-servo brake, the backing plate pads should be lubricated. Tech B says that to reassemble a duo-servo brake, the star wheel assembly should be lubricated on the floating end. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    C. Both Techs A and B
    Explanation
    The contact points where the shoes touch the backing plate, there should be some brake lube applied. The floating end of the star adjuster should be inspected to ensure it is free, and it should be lubricated.

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  • 38. 

    All of the following components are part of a parking brake system in a drum brake, EXCEPT:

    • A.

      Wheel cylinder.

    • B.

      Primary shoe.

    • C.

      Secondary shoe.

    • D.

      Brake strut rod.

    Correct Answer
    A. Wheel cylinder.
    Explanation
    The wheel cylinder is not responsible for applying the parking brakes.

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  • 39. 

    Which of the following is a recommended tool for removing brake lines from a wheel cylinder?

    • A.

      Flare nut wrench

    • B.

      Line wrench

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B
    Explanation
    Both of these provide pressure to all sides of the fitting, and allows the technician to get around line to do so.

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  • 40. 

    Tech A says that many wheels use a tapered hole that matches the tapered end of the lug nut and centers the wheel on the wheel flange. Tech B says that manufacturers usually suggest tightening wheel lugs in a circular pattern. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    A. Tech A
    Explanation
    The taper is found to help center the fastener and if it is damaged, it should be replaced. Only a star pattern should be used when tightening wheel lugs.

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  • 41. 

    Tech A says that you should always start lug nuts on the wheel stud by hand. Tech B says that on some vehicles you are required to install the hubcap before installing the lug nuts. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    C. Both Techs A and B
    Explanation
    Starting all fasteners by hand is best practice. Some hubcaps are held in place by the lug nuts.

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  • 42. 

    Tech A says that during a brake inspection, it is good practice to carefully peel back the dust boot from a wheel cylinder and see if there is any brake fluid behind the dust boot. A little brake fluid is normal. Tech B says that during a brake inspection, it is good practice to carefully peel back the dust boot from a wheel cylinder and see if there is any brake fluid behind the dust boot. If there is, the wheel cylinder is starting to leak and should be replaced. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    B. Tech B
    Explanation
    Yes, peeling the seal back slightly to inspect a wheel cylinder is correct, but no fluid should be seen. If found, it is bad and needs to be replaced.

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  • 43. 

    Tech A says that servicing the wheel bearings is a common part of a brake job if the vehicle has serviceable wheel bearings. Tech B says that if the vehicle uses non-serviceable bearings, the bearings should be checked during a brake job and replaced if they are worn out. Who is correct?

    • A.

      Tech A

    • B.

      Tech B

    • C.

      Both Techs A and B

    • D.

      Neither Tech A nor B

    Correct Answer
    C. Both Techs A and B
    Explanation
    Bearings that are serviceable should always be serviced when doing a brake job. Non-serviceable bearings should be inspected for excess play during maintenance inspections and brake jobs.

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  • 44. 

    Which type of drum is typically used on common passenger vehicles?

    • A.

      Hub-style drum

    • B.

      Hubless-style drum

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Hubless-style drum
    Explanation
    Most passanger vehicles have a hubless drum.

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  • 45. 

    Wheel cylinders typically contain which of the following?

    • A.

      One or two pistons

    • B.

      Spring and expander set

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B
    Explanation
    Wheel cylinders typically contain both one or two pistons and a spring and expander set. The pistons are responsible for applying hydraulic pressure to the brake shoes, which then press against the brake drum to slow down or stop the wheel. The spring and expander set help to retract the brake shoes when the brake pedal is released, allowing the wheel to rotate freely. Therefore, both options A and B are correct.

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  • 46. 

    The brake switch sends an electronic signal to which of the following?

    • A.

      Brake lights

    • B.

      Electronic brake control module

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B
    Explanation
    The brake switch is responsible for sending an electronic signal to both the brake lights and the electronic brake control module. This signal is crucial for activating the brake lights when the brake pedal is pressed, and also for providing input to the electronic brake control module to assist with braking functions such as anti-lock braking system (ABS) and traction control. Therefore, the correct answer is Both A and B.

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  • 47. 

    Which of the following typically reports the vehicle's speed to the electronic brake control module?

    • A.

      Wheel speed sensor

    • B.

      Vehicle speed sensor

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B
    Explanation
    Both the wheel speed sensor and the vehicle speed sensor typically report the vehicle's speed to the electronic brake control module. The wheel speed sensor measures the speed of each individual wheel, while the vehicle speed sensor measures the overall speed of the vehicle. By receiving information from both sensors, the electronic brake control module can accurately control the braking system based on the vehicle's speed.

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  • 48. 

    True or False. Some anti-lock braking systems require a scan tool that connects to the electronic brake control module or power train control module to read the fault codes.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Some anti-lock braking systems do require a scan tool that connects to the electronic brake control module or power train control module to read the fault codes. This is because the fault codes are stored in the module's memory and can only be accessed and interpreted using a scan tool. The scan tool helps in diagnosing and troubleshooting any issues with the anti-lock braking system by retrieving and analyzing the fault codes.

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  • 49. 

    Which of the following is a typical sensor used by the electronic stability control system?

    • A.

      Yaw sensor

    • B.

      Steering angle sensor

    • C.

      Roll-rate sensor

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above." This means that all three sensors mentioned - the yaw sensor, steering angle sensor, and roll-rate sensor - are typical sensors used by the electronic stability control system. These sensors are essential in providing data and feedback to the system, allowing it to monitor and adjust the vehicle's stability and traction in various driving conditions.

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  • 50. 

    True or False. Some traction control systems can be temporarily deactivated by a traction control system function switch located on the dash or center console.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Some traction control systems have a function switch that allows the driver to temporarily deactivate the system. This switch is typically located on the dashboard or center console of the vehicle. By deactivating the traction control system, the driver can have more control over the vehicle's acceleration and tire spin, which can be useful in certain situations such as off-road driving or when stuck in snow or mud.

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