Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How do I read the tachometer?

asked by on

How do I read the tachometer?

A: The tachometer is located on your instrumen...

The tachometer is located on your instrument panel, and tells you how fast your engine is moving, in terms of revolutions per minute (RPM). The tachometer is a semicircle, with a hand that points to a number. This number, times 1,000, is the speed of your engine (for instance, if the tachometer hand points to “4,” then your engine is operating at 4,000 RPM).

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: air conditioning

Hello. Whether or not you need to have this replaced really depends on what is going on with it. If they are saying that it needs the housing then that tells me that something has broke in the housing. This...

Q: How do I read the tachometer?

The tachometer is located on the left side of the instrument panel, and displays how fast your engine is moving. The tachometer is a semicircle with numbers on it, which correspond to the revolutions per minute (RPM) of your engine....

Q: How do I use the mist wipe feature?

The mist wipe feature provides extra visibility when your windshield is temporarily damp, such as when you drive through a misty patch. To use the mist feature, push the Windshield Wiper level down and immediately release.

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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 P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...