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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Instrument Voltage Regulator
Common signs include dim or flickering gauges, inaccurate or erratic readings from the voltage regulator, and an inoperable instrument cluster.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Oil Temperature Sensor
If the temperature gauge gives false readings or does not move, you may need to replace the oil temperature sensor.
How Long Does an Oil Temperature Sensor Last?
Oil is vital for engine operation – you can’t drive without it. Trying to run your car’s engine without oil would result in catastrophic damage. However, it’s just as important that the...
3 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Temperature Gauge
A car temperature gauge shows how hot the engine is. If the temperature gauge reads high, your car could be leaking coolant or have a bad water pump.
How to Replace a Fuel Gauge Sender
The fuel gauge has a sender that goes bad when it says that the fuel level is different lower or higher than it actually is.
How to Install a Car Volt Amp Gauge
When you think about the number of sensors that your engine has, it seems like there is an endless amount of gauges that can be installed to monitor their readings. Some of...
How to Monitor Your RPM Gauge to Get the Best Performance Out of Your Car
A car tachometer, or RPM gauge, shows the speed the engine is spinning. Watch your RPM gauge to improve your car's performance and fuel efficiency.
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 a Fuel Meter Assembly
The fuel gauge assembly indicates your fuel level. The fuel gauge will no longer work if there is an application of reverse charge or corrosion.
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.
How to Buy a Good Quality Tire Pressure Gauge
Keeping an eye on your tire pressure is vital. Low tires wear poorly, and they can have a negative effect on your fuel economy. It also makes them more susceptible to...

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Overheating and then goes down to normal
There are two principal possibilities that would explain what you are seeing. If the dash gauge stays in the overheating (red) zone for literally seconds, that would suggest that the gauge, sending unit and/or wiring has a fault. Typically, if...
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My temperature gauge is fluctuating and my car is not putting out heat anymore, I tried putting coolant in it and there are no leaks.
Hi there. Check the coolant temperature sensor and see if it has a loose connection on the wiring harness. This will cause the gauge to fluctuate up and down as the engine is running. For the heater not working, check...
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My car overheated this morning, completely drained the coolant and replaced but still fluctuating to half and below half
If the fluctuations in temperature are relatively rapid, that is not typical of a failing thermostat. It's possible there is a temperature sensor fault, wiring issue or gauge problem that makes it appear as if the engine temperature is fluctuating...
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Rear brakes locking up.
If the ABS light is on, there will be diagnostic codes to access. Those codes will provide enough clues to dig into this. I would first obtain those codes simply because they will give a direct indication of what components...
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My hot temperature light is blinking and the temperature is below the C mark. Is it safe to drive home?
Hi there. The coolant temperature sending unit is malfunctioning and sending the vehicle the wrong information or the gauge on the dash has failed. The sending unit could have burned inside causing the computer to think that the engine is...
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The best scenario is if the oil pressure sending unit is simply bad. The sending unit can be tested and/or you can simply tee in a known good gauge to rule the sending unit in or out as the cause....
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Temperature gauge does not work - 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis
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Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle may be experiencing more than one issue. A shaky electrical gauge can be caused by a few different things, including both alternator and ground issues. The alternator generates power...
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Just had my starter replaced by a local auto shop. Now I don't have any cab lights, gauges, cigarette lighter, or radio radio, but the headlights do work.
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Just drained/replaced coolant and now the temp gauge doesn't work
Some vehicles have air purge points that must be opened when coolant is re-filled. If you don't open the purge points to force the air out as you add coolant in, air can get trapped in cooling passageways and that...
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Oil pressure fluctuating and clicking noise from engine.
Hi there. The noise seems to be a lifter tap. Either a lifter is stuck or there is no oil to the lifter causing the rocker arm to tap and creating the noise you are hearing. Try putting one quart...
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only heast when driving cold when idle. heating core flushed twice. heat control valve and blend door seem to be working
The normal operating temperature for most automobile engines, including yours of course, is in a range of 185 to 220 degrees Fahrenheit. If your dash gauge is reporting a temperature as low as 140 degrees F, that likely means the...
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Speedometer stopped working and gauge lights stopped working after installing a subwoofer and a stereo.
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Will the gaslight still come on if the gauges are not working on my car
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Temperature gauge problem on a 2005 Mercedes Benz S500
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Tachometer has been stuck at maximum since winter started
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Problem with the coolant temperature gauge.
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