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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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My dashboard lights,gauges,radio and power windows don't work. I can start my truck right up and drive.
Hello, thank you for writing in. Typically with the first symptoms you described I would direct you to check all of your fuses, focusing on the instrument cluster fuse. However considering the engine is showing signs of stress, you may...
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Temperature gauge problem on a 2005 Mercedes Benz S500
Hello - I would first check for problem codes, whether the Check Engine light is illuminated or not. And, if the engine is not really overheating, the problem is most likely the engine temperature sensor (the sensor for the gauge,...
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Tachometer has been stuck at maximum since winter started
Miniature stepper motors are often used in the tach application to position the pointer. If so equipped, the stepper motor is soldered onto the cluster PCB. It is not too difficult to remove them, and solder in a new one,...
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Problem with the coolant temperature gauge.
Hi there. The temperature gauge is not grounding out to the vehicle chassis. Try putting an additional wire on the housing of the temperature gauge and grounding it to the chassis. If this has no effect, then the gauge is...
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Fuel gauge is not working.
Hi there. The fuel gauge is not working and needs replaced. First check the wiring to the gauge cluster and see if there is any loose wires or damaged wiring. If all of the wires are good, then you will...
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How far must my heat gauge rise? 2002 VW Golf
Hi there - auto manufacturers, as an informal standard, design operating gauges to align the needle in the middle of the gauge. This should be "90" on your gauge I believe (Celsius). This would suggest that your thermostat is not...
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OVERHEATING
Be sure not to drive the car if it is overheating because overheating can warp the cylinder head and/or engine block causing costly damage. With regard to the temperature sensor, the only guaranteed way to avoid diagnostic headaches is to...
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My engine management light is on all the time and so are my engine fans.
Hello. The engine fan coming on and the temperature gauge spontaneous movement is more than likely caused by the same issue. It is possibly a wiring issue with your coolant temperature sensors. A technician will have to check the wiring...
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Speedometer and fuel gauge faulty 1999 Toyota Corolla
Hi there - first thing to check is fuses for these gauges. Did they "fail" at the same time? If so, a blown fuse is likely. If not the sensors for each (both of which are electronic) are suspect. Bad...
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How to remove The cluster panel or bulbs
To gain access to the bulbs in the cluster, you must remove the cluster from the dash. You will need to remove the vents in the center of the dash, next to the cluster, in order to remove the screw...
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Ignition fuse keeps blowing, all back lights don't work, gauges messed up, can't shift out of park when engine is on.
The ignition switch is damaged and needs replaced. The contacts inside the ignition switch is are shorting out with itself. This is why the switch has to be in a specific position to release the shift interlock solenoid. If you...
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Speedometer is not working.
Check the wiring harness from the gauge cluster to the speedometer and see if the gauge is working. If the gauge is not working, then the gauge cluster would need replaced. If the gauge is working, then there could be...
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my speedometer and gas needle does not work on my 2003 mitsubishi outlander LS
Hello, thank you for writing in. The speedometer and the fuel gauge run independently of each other up until they connect to the instrument cluster at the back of your dashboard. If the other gauges were failing as well, you...
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My fuel gauge fluctuates between 1/4 and empty. A friend said that there was a way to reset it, it's supposed to be under the steering wheel.
There is no way to reset a fluctuating fuel gauge. The fuel gauge is bouncing or fluctuating for either the float in the fuel tank has a bad ground in the rheostat or the gauge cluster has a broke or...
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2006 kia spectra, temperature gauge not working
With regard to the temperature gauge, the fault there could be due to the sending unit (which is the temperature sensor), the receiving unit (the dash gauge), the fuse or the circuit wiring. To resolve an issue such as that,...
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Which key ignition positions can you see the accurate representation of the gas level?
Hi there - all manufacturers provide fuel gauge operation in the "Run" position. Almost all include fuel gauge function in the "Start" function - although some use that switch setting to test gauge operation momentarily (gauges swing full range, then...
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Hey luis my cars fuel meter always says its full and i wanted to know how much would it be to fix this problem?
Hi...the cost will vary quite a bit because the underlying fault could range from something as simple as a high resistance electrical connection in the fuel tank sending unit circuit to a dash gauge failure or a sending unit failure....
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My temperature gauge is reading hot. Just had my thermostat replace last week. They found no other leaks, pressure test was good s
It's possible that your temperature gauge is operating erratically which would be an electrical problem (sending unit, gauge, wiring, etc.) rather than an actual overheating problem. The most common causes of overheating include low coolant level, a faulty thermostat, a...
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I removed the needles in my gauge cluster. Now the fuel and temp shoot up and stay there. My speedometer needle also reads wrong.
For the fuel and temperature gauges check the wiring to the gauges and see if they are connected properly. For the speedometer, the needle maybe in the wrong position and reading incorrectly. When taking off the needles to the gauges,...
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Gas gauge isn't working. Sometimes the speedometer and the temperature gauge doesn't work. Limited lights around gauges and radio.
Hi there. The dashboard lights are burned out in the dash and the dimmer switch could be worn causing the lights to be weak. The gauges that seldom fail to work is most likely a loose wire in the dash...

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