The Auto Shop Safety Quiz

By: Nick Marinoff

The Auto Shop Safety Quiz
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About This Quiz

Sports cars, luxury cars, monster trucks ... People tend to get pretty enticed when face-to-face with an exotic four-wheeler, but working with cars is very different from simply admiring them. In America, Michigan is the state that holds the highest number of auto shop workers (approximately 47,000), and the region has become known as the top automaker in the United States.

No doubt each of these individuals takes their jobs seriously. Working in a car shop is a dream job for many, but to achieve this dream, one must be well-trained not just in the technical aspects of the vehicles, but in the safety of their environments. This can be said for virtually any industry, but auto shops can be particularly dangerous when one either doesn't possess the knowledge or the careful attitude necessary to ensure a clean, steady and safe atmosphere. Being surrounded by all those big, heavy vehicles every day can be exciting, but it can also be very dangerous.

Do you fancy yourself working in a garage? Test your knowledge of auto shop safety with this little quiz we've prepared for you. We invite you to learn about yourself and to boost your intelligence by answering the following questions. Now is the time to test your skills and see how well you'd fare.

How many jackstands are necessary to support a raised vehicle?
Two
Four
Four jackstands - one at each corner of the frame - are placed underneath the car while it's raised. This ensures it's supported and doesn't fall on the mechanic.
Five
Six

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When a vehicle is being driven into the service bay, what should one never do?
Stand in front of the vehicle
It's OK to be near the vehicle while its moving into the service bay so long as you're not in front. This can potentially lead to serious injury.
Stand in back of the vehicle
Stand to the side of the vehicle
Stand anywhere near the vehicle

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At what point is it OK for exits and stairwells be blocked?
Never
Exits and stairwells should never be blocked. If there's an emergency, workers and customers have nowhere to go.
Only when there's a lot of work
Only when management visits the area
Only when there's less room to store vehicles

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When working underneath vehicles, what should one wear?
Safety goggles
Safety googles prevent any debris or foreign objects in the car's underbelly from falling into the mechanic's eyes. A mechanic needs to see what they're working on to make sure all goes well for the customer.
Rubber gloves and boots
A harness
Thick clothing

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What should a grinder always be firmly anchored to?
The floor
The work bench
A grinder should always be firmly attached to the work bench. This ensures it doesn't move or jiggle during a job.
The power station
The tire changer

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When removing oxidized rubber from a wheel well, what should one use?
Knife or cutting blade
Wire brush
A wire brush is designed to get rid of oxidized rubber and dried soap solution safely. Other tools were not specifically built for this task.
Crowbar
Anything pointy will do

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To ensure beads are evenly seated, what should one check?
The right side of the tire
The left side of the tire
Both sides of the tire
Checking both sides of the tire is the only way to ensure that the beads are even with each other. Doing only one side will not give you an appropriate idea of where the beads stand and could lead to trouble on the road.
The height of the tire

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What should one do with rugs or mats in the office or garage areas?
Lay them out flat on the floor.
Rugs and mats that don't lie flat should be straightened out or removed to prevent trips and falls. This helps to avoid injuries.
Remove them altogether.
Keep them only in areas with no traffic.
Make sure they're washed and always look presentable.

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What should one do regarding safety and danger signs?
Ignore them when things are going smoothly.
Obey them at all times.
Safety and danger signs are not decorations. They should always be obeyed.
Limit their presence to prevent panic and fear.
Put dozens up to make the garage or office look professional.

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What should you do with a ladder or step stool?
They can be placed on top of desks and tables.
They should always be firmly on the ground.
If an object is high up, you'll need a ladder. Place it firmly on the ground and careful walk up. Never place it on an unstable surface.
They are not necessary if you can reach an item by tip-toe.
They are wobbly and unreliable.

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Is it ever OK to ride in the bed of a pickup truck?
Only when necessary to see what's wrong with it.
No. This puts people in danger.
The bed of a pickup truck does not contain seat belts. Therefore, riding in it is unsafe.
Yes, but only if you stay perfectly still.
Yes, but only if an auto shop employee is driving the truck.

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When getting in and out of a vehicle, what should you use?
A 3-point contact
One should use a 3-point contact involving either one foot and both hands or both feet and one hand. This lets others know that they're exiting or entering a vehicle.
A 2-point contact
A 4-point contact
A 6-point contact

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When is a good time for a passenger or driver to use a seat belt?
All the time
In an auto shop, the environment is unpredictable. Therefore, to ensure safety at all times, one should always be wearing a seat belt while inside a moving vehicle.
Only when the vehicle is moving
It doesn't matter - seat belts aren't that important.
Only when one is working on the inside of the car

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Before backing a vehicle up, what should an employee do to make sure people are cleared and the area is safe?
Honk the horn.
Honk the horn to let all nearby employees know that you're backing the vehicle up. This lets them know to steer clear.
Wave to all nearby employees.
Shout to get attention.
Look over their shoulder to ensure no one's around.

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When driving into the auto shop, what should an employee do?
Lightly honk the horn.
Drive very slowly.
Turn the vehicle's headlights on.
All of the above
All three should be done to get the attention of both employees and customers. This will let them know to steer clear of the entering vehicle.

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What should one do with equipment in the bed of a truck?
It can be left alone if the vehicle is moving slowly.
It should be removed from the vehicle.
It should be tied or latched down.
All equipment in the bed of a truck should be tied or latched down at all times. This ensures that it won't move about and cause danger.
It can be left alone if the vehicle is traveling a short distance.

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When driving into the shop area, how fast should one drive?
5 mph
A vehicle should be going no faster than 5 mph when traveling into an auto shop. This speed is low enough to keep conditions safe and prevent injury to others.
7 mph
10 mph
12 mph

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When holding a wheel on a tire machine to ensure it has air, what holds the wheel down?
Positive lock-down device
The positive lock-down device is used to keep a wheel held by the tire machine. A moving wheel prevents a job from being done properly and can hurt others.
Negative lock-down device
Bolts
Other employees

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What should an employee do if they want to check a tire's pressure?
Kick it.
Get a manager's opinion.
Use an air pressure gauge.
An air hose with an air pressure gauge is used to determine a tire's stability. Too much or too little pressure can damage a tire, and this tool allows you to be sure.
Feel around for any soft spots.

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What should one do when leaving a vehicle?
Put the emergency brake on and chock the wheels.
Putting the emergency brake on and chocking the wheels ensures that the car will stay in one place. If the vehicle moves on its own, people may be put in danger.
Dust off the odometer to ensure the customer can see it clearly.
Clean the exterior with a rag.
Make sure all windows are shut.

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What is the maximum amount of air pressure one can inflate to when seating the beads?
20 pounds
30 pounds
40 pounds
40 pounds is the maximum amount one can exert when seating the beads. Any more can lead to damage.
50 pounds

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When removing rocks and glass from a tire, what should one do?
Wear leather gloves.
Wearing leather gloves is the best way to prevent injury to one's fingers when removing foreign objects from a tire. The leather is strong enough to keep foreign objects from damaging the skin.
Try to be careful so as not to cut oneself.
Get an associate's help.
Be as quick as possible.

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When placing a tire on a changer, what position should it be in?
Horizontal position
Placing the tire in a horizontal position allows a mechanic to get a full view of the tire. Any other position or direction may affect the mechanic's sight pattern.
Vertical position
Backward position
Side position

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On a changer, where should the narrow ledge of a wheel be facing?
Up
A wheel's narrow edge should always be facing up. This allows the mechanic to properly remove it from the vehicle.
Down
East
West

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Where should beads be loosened from?
Rim flanges
Beads are always loosened from the rim flanges. This allows the inside of the wheel to be properly lubricated.
The tires themselves
The wheels
The base of the car

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When holding a tire, what body parts should one utilize?
Hands and knees
Hands and calves
Hands and hips
Using your hands and hips is the best way to ensure your body encompasses the tire. This will also give it the most support.
Hands and waist

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When holding the tire bead in a center wheel, which tool should one never use?
Wrench
Pipe
Make-shift bar
Both 2 and 3
Pipes and makeshift bars do not have the strength to support wheels. Thus, they shouldn't be used for bead work.

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When mounting a tire, which bead should be pushed in first?
Bottom bead
The bottom bead should always go in first. This provides the proper support for the remaining beads.
Top bead
Right bead
Left bead

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When removing the top bead from a wheel, what should one do?
Have an associate on standby.
Ensure the bottom bead is sturdy.
Start the tire changer.
Starting the tire changer allows one to remove the top bead. It's the first bead that should be removed in the tire changing process.
Both A and B

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What tool allows one to center and fasten a wheel to a changer?
Changer hold-down cone
A changer hold-down cone is the proper tool for fastening a wheel to a changer. Such an item was built with this job in mind.
Metal valve
Changing clamp
Wrench and screws

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Where should the axle hub stand?
Waist height
The axle hub should always be positioned at waist height. This ensures the mechanic has enough space to work while lessening the chances of injury.
Knee height
chest height
Neck height

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When positioning the tire and wheel on the floor, what should the inside of the tire be facing?
The car
North
East
You
The tire and wheel should always be facing you when being positioned on the floor. This way, you can be in a comfortable position when working on the vehicle.

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When loading or unloading tires from a vehicle, what should one do?
Use two people.
Stack tires below shoulder level.
Avoid rolling them.
All of the above
All of these options should be carefully understood and followed when loading and unloading tires from a vehicle to ensure top-level safety. Not following one or all these steps may result in a rolling tire, which may lead to damage or injuries.

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One should never use which mushroom-headed tools when working on a vehicle?
Hammers
Chisels
Punches
All of the above
No tool with a mushroom head has any place in an auto shop or garage. They are dangerous, and can damage portions of the vehicle.

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A vehicle should be lifted how many feet above the ground?
One
One should use a mechanical lift to raise a vehicle about one foot above the ground. This gives the mechanic enough space to work on its underside while being able to perform a close, hands-on evaluation without having to strain.
Two
Three
Four

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