Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Guage, fuel and thermostat needles moving very fast

asked by on

Hi today when I started my car, after driving for less than a minute all the needles on the dashboard started moving too fast and the symbols blinked on and off from D to P (Drive to Parked). I took off my foot from the gas, also saw the coolant symbol blinked for the first time ever since I bought this car eight months back. This all happened for hardly 3-4 seconds and then the car drove fine. But could this be a sign that something might need attention?

My car has 93000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

You may have a connection that is getting corroded and is causing intermittent connection problems. If the problem happens again then have the connection to the dashboard cluster disconnected and then add dielectric lube to connection and pins. At the same time do the same to body and engine control modules. Afterwards, road test the car to see if the problem is fixed or if the cluster has any faults. Before anything is disconnected I suggest scanning the system for codes. If you need some help with this, consider contacting a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic. They will be able to perform these checks and pinpoint your car’s electrical issue.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Is it bad to accelerate the vehicle fast, because after I did that I hear some sort of clunking in the engine.

High performance engines are built to accelerate quickly and achieve top speeds exceeding the typical speed limit. Your nearly 20 year old Chevrolet engine is not. As a motor ages, the internal engine components begin to wear; and are subject...

Q: I have 05 audi a 6 Quattro 4.2. I sprayed the engine off one afternoon. Now I'm getting primary/ secondary circuit malfunction sho

This is a common problem with the Audi models. Generally one of the advantages to having coil packs instead of a distributor is that they are a little more water resistant, however this is a known issue with Audi in...

Q: Having trouble with trouble code P0455.

Hi. Trouble code P0455 is for the emissions system of the car and the only effect it will have on the car is the fuel economy may go down slightly and the car will pollute the air a little more....

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...