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How to Monitor Your RPM Gauge to Get the Best Performance Out of Your Car
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How to Install a Tachometer in Your Car
A tachometer gauge allows the driver to see the engine's RPM. Some may install tachometers for performance, looks, or to simply monitor engine speed.
How to Replace an Instrument Voltage Regulator
The instrument cluster has a voltage regulator that fails when the panel is dim or flickering, reads erratically, or is totally inoperable.
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My gas gauge is doing a funny little dance.
The fuel pumps are all inclusive on what they call a fuel module or assembly. These modules include a float (quite like the float on your toilet) that tells the computer and your dashboard where the fuel level is at....
The fuel gauge is not working.
As you may know, your car has a fuel sending unit inside the fuel tank that operates on a float system. This monitors the level of the fuel in the tank using a float that relays these levels back to...
Replaced a fuel module but the fuel gauge still reads empty when I know I have a full tank.
This may be related to the fuel sending unit in the fuel tank. Your fuel tank has a float type unit that sits inside of it which monitors the fuel level in the tank and transmits this information to the...
My speedometer intermittently works at about 1/2 speed.
As long as there is nothing wrong with the transmission, it would have to be a problem with either the speedometer drive cable, or the speedometer head unit. The drive cable is driven off of a gear in the transmission...
My gas gauge keeps fluctuating from empty to full and everything in between.
The symptoms you are having may be related to a mechanical issue, or an electrical issue. If the problem is electrical, you will want to check the wiring terminal that connects to the fuel pump. You may need to drop...
The speedometer, odometer, & mileage gauges are not working.
This is likely related to what is called a speed input/output shaft sensor which is a sensor mounted down on the transmission that monitors the speed of the output shaft of the transmission. This is relayed to your ECU which...
My fuel tank is reading empty when it is still half full
This is a simple mechanical failure. Located on the fuel pump is a float (quite like the one in your toilet) that sends a digital reading to the instrument cluster on your dashboard. This float can become clogged with debris...
no oil pressure
It sounds like you may have a wiring issue with your oil pressure sensor. I would recommend inspecting the wiring yourself or having the wiring inspected professionally to determine if the circuitry is causing any issues. If any wiring requires...
Electric problem
Hello there, many faults will cause your 1998 Chevrolet Lumina to lose power and die after 30 minutes. The most common would be the fuel pump, engine control module, alternator, battery, wiring harness fault, coil, distributor, or a shorted wire....
Gas gage
The fuel level sensor and the fuel pump share the same wiring path, which goes under the rear seat. It is possible that the wiring to both - fuel gauge first - was roughed up enough to sever the wires....
Temperature gadget goes up while in traffic
This can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning...
2006 Tunda Oil Pressure gage shows between 1/2 - 3/4 depending on the speed going
Hello. The truck is designed to have a lower oil pressure at lower engine speeds and more pressure as the engine speed is increased. This sounds like it is normal operation of the gauge and oil pressure in the engine....
Engine shake when started and oil pressure gauge dropped to zero.
Hi there - nice ride! I would first get the oil level back up to "Full". hopefully this was less than a quart low. I would also get a real gauge on the oil pressure to know precisely what oil...
Gas gauge needle fluctuates up and down
This may possibly be a faulty fuel tank sending unit. This is a float type designed sending unit that sits inside your fuel tank that monitors the fuel level inside the tank. When this is faulty or failing it can...
Small fluid leak in front after car is shut off and sits,temperature gauge rising.
You should have the cooling system pressure and leak checked to locate the leak in the cooling system and also check to see why your engine ran hotter than normal. This overheating inspection will locate the leak and then a...
I just bought a used 99 Honda Accord V-6 2-door and I noticed steam or smoke coming from under the hood, at a drive thru
Hello, thanks for writing in about your 1999 Honda Accord. From what you've described, I think your issue is fairly simple. You probably just need a new thermostat. However, to avoid any unnecessary repairs, I would recommend having one of...
Instrument cluster going haywire
There have been a variety of digital instrument panel problems with this particular Pontiac model, and a common thread is a loose, or poor connection of the positive battery cable (battery to the electrical system). Ground cable issues as well...
My car's gas pedal goes out and the car won't drive anymore if my RPM reaches the number 3 on the gauge.
Hello, I would start by extracting the problem codes from engine management and the transmission as well. You don't mention it, but surely the Check Engine light is on at this point. These codes will help determine a strategy for...
Thermostat gauge reads in the middle.
The temperature gauge should go up to about the middle when the system is working normally. If the gauge is reading anywhere near the middle of the gauge it is not overheating. The gauge does not have numbers on the...
How do you reset the mileage gauge on the dashboard
You should have a "select/reset" knob up in the right hand corner of your dash that will allow you to click and scroll through the various displays such as instant fuel economy, odometer, trip meter, outside temperature. Be sure the...

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