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How to Buy a Good Quality Tachometer
Tachometers are used to let the driver know when to shift gears in a manual transmission as well as giving additional information about traction or slippage; as well as giving a quick overview...
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.
3 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Tachometer
The tachometer is located on the dashboard next to the speedometer. It measures the revolutions per minutes (RPM). The tachometer can be a digital display or on a calibrated analogue dial. They are on both...

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Tachometer only goes up.
Hello and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. It seems that your tachometer is loosing voltage in the rheostat (the part that makes the meter work). The tachometer gets its signal from the computer or the ignition coil pack ground circuit. If...
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Tachometer is not moving at all
Hello. If the fuse is okay, then the next thing I would look at the wiring. Most tachometers get their signal from the crank sensor or ignition module and will malfunction if there is an issue with the signal. I...
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Reduced engine power warning on, power loss, RPM decrease - 2005 Chevrolet Suburban
It is possible there is an issue in the electronic throttle control system. Faults need to be read out of the engine computer to determine if this is the case. Accelerator pedal position sensor, throttle position sensor, or throttle motor...
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Engine surges when stopped in traffic, high RPMs
Hi there. I do not have any information on this problem of the engine accelerating on its own. If the dealer has not duplicated the issue, then leave it for and extended test drive or duplicate it for them with...
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At 60 mph tachometer fluctuates between 3000 and red line
Hello. The Electric Code Detector is a component of the fuse block that detects increased electrical power needed and increases the idle speed to allow the alternator to provide more power. There is a specific test from Honda to determine...
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Can you tell me how the tachcometer numbers correspond to how many miles one is driving? Thank you.
Hello. There are problems with trying to do this type of estimating of speed by a tachometer. The tachometer changes with gear and road speed. You could have someone cruise at certain speeds next to you or match speeds with...
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Tachometer and temp guage
Hello. Thanks for writing in about your 1994 Mazda 626. The fuse that powers the gauges are the meter fuse 15 amp. It is located in the joint box. If this doesn't fix the issue, consider YourMechanic, as one of...
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Sounds as if the car is not going into gear. I have RPM reading odometer, not sure what it should be reading when driving on freeway.
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Watch the tachometer (rpm gauge) as the vehicle is in motion. When driving, you should see the tachometer go up and then go down a little when the transmission shifts gears. For 4...
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Rev Counter Problem
Hello. Your vehicle will automatically shift at different points in time, at different speeds in order to maximize power and response. At lower speeds the gears will hold longer, until 4k rpm, and shift later, in order to accelerate at...
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My tachometer isnt working correctly
The two most likely causes of this issue would be the sensor that controls the tachometer or the gauge cluster itself. I would recommend having the sensor inspected and tested first to determine if it is performing correctly. If the...
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speedometer tacometer and cruise not working
Hello. If the speedometer, tachometer, and cruise control all suddenly stopped working then the first thing I would look at is the vehicle's fuses. It may be possible that the fuses related to the gauges or cluster has gone out...
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Tachometer slowly rises while driving (1500 rpm after 5 min, 4000 rpm after 10) regardless of gear
Hi there. Check the VSS (vehicle speed sensor) on the transmission for any loose wires. If the wires are tight, then remove the VSS and clean it off, then put it back in and retest. If the symptoms come back,...
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Rpm tachometer installation doubts
Unless you can find a tachometer that can be used with a 3 cylinder engine then if you tried to install tachometer set to 6 cylinders will give you an RPM reading half as high of what your engine is...
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I want to install tachometer what do I hook to in the ignition switch?
Hi there. Take the power wire to the tachometer (the input wire) and hook it into the return wire on the coil system. This will register the tachometer and make it work. Put the ground wire on a good source...
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Why does my tachometer not stay at zero?
Hi there. The tachometer on your 2007 BMW 328i is designed to measure the revolutions per minute (RPM) of the engine while it is in operation. Anytime the engine is running, the engine will idle (without the use of the...
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Unreadable Speedometer and Gas Gauges
Hello - an immediate solution is to turn on your running lights during the daytime. This will turn on the instrument cluster lights, adding some illumination to the gauges and their readings. Make sure the "interior light" adjustment knob is...
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Instrument lights come on. Speedometer and tachometer stop working, then come back on periodically
Hi there. There is a loose ground that is causing the lights to appear at any time. Check the battery cables to ensure that they are tight. Check the ground wires under the dash and make sure that they are...
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My tachometer doesn't work on my 1997 Chevrolet Malibu
Hi there: The tachometer on most late 1990s Chevorlets is attached to the ECU or used in conjunction with the crankshaft sensor. In most cases, the reason it fails is due to a fuse that has broken or other electrical...
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My tachometer gauge needle is pointing straight down, and it won't start.
Hi there. Check the crankshaft position sensor and see if there is power to the sensor. If there is power to the sensor, then put leads from a digital meter on the sensor and crank the engine over. Check to...
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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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