Quiz: How good are you at taking care of your pickup?
How good are you at taking care of your pickup?
By: Maria Trimarchi
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About This Quiz

You do (sometimes) the required oil changes, tire rotations and other recommended vehicle maintenance. But, from how much you can safely haul in the bed to knowing where your blind spots are, are you up on the ins and outs of keeping a pickup on the road?

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Which is better for your truck's gas mileage, a smooth, steady start or a quick start?
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Which fluids should be on your regularly-checked and topped-off list?
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If you're planning DIY maintenance and repairs on your pickup, which tool should you have?
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How would you correctly complete the following? The higher a tire's load index number is, the ____ the load it can safely carry.
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What system could be failing if your truck's brake pedal is unresponsive or if the brake pedal locks up?
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When you're pulling a trailer, is it safer to make wider turns or tighter turns?
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A broken air conditioning system doesn't necessarily mean no cold air. Which is a sign your truck's A/C is on the fritz?
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You forgot to unlock the lockable front hubs after you got back on dry road. What could you have damaged on your truck?
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Tires lose about one psi of pressure per month. And if it's getting colder outside, you'll notice another one psi lost for every 10-degree temperature drop. Why is that dangerous?
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Even if you've planned out how you loaded the truck bed, bad ____ can make the load shift.
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It's recommended when you drive under "severe" conditions you change your pickup's oil more frequently. What's a "severe" condition?
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What could happen if you overload your truck's winch?
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What is one of the simplest and most important things you can do as part of maintaining your truck?
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If your truck is in need of a jump, which vehicle do you start first, after the cables are hooked up?
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Is it true leaving bird droppings on your truck's paint will cause damage?
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Before doing any electrical work on your truck, what should you do first?
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You can prevent accidents and body repair work by checking your blind spots. Which is not a common one?
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Before they outright fail to stop your truck, which is a sign your brakes need some attention?
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Where in the truck bed is the safest place to load heavy items?
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A bed liner protects the bottom and sides of your truck's bed. But what are the cons?
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Will putting a higher-octane fuel in your pickup give it greater towing or hauling capacity?
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When you're removing your truck's battery, always disconnect the ____ battery cable first, and reconnect it last.
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Is it okay to intentionally underinflate your truck's tires to increase its traction?
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What isn't used to determine the maximum working payload of a pickup truck?
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Are OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) tires the best for your truck?
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What part of your truck feels the brunt of hauling a heavy load?
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How often should you inspect your brakes for wear and tear?
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If you change your pickup's tires to some that are larger and more aggressive, you may also need bigger what?
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There are so many configurations of trailer hitches. If you have a ball mount on a trailer tongue, the ball on the hitch has to be the same size as what, for safety?
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If you can see how much of Lincoln's head during the penny test for tread depth, it means you need to replace your tires?
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Where in the truck bed is it safest for the large items you're hauling, like a couch?
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