Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How do I use the compass?

asked by on

How do I use the compass?

Some models of the vehicle come equipped with a compass that is visible in front of the driver. The compass, in order to remain accurate, must be set to work in the zone that the vehicle is in. This is due to the way that the compass works within the vehicle. Changing this zone is easy:

  1. In front of the driver, there is a small screen that can display data like mileage. By this display, there is a stem-like button that can also be rotated to switch between functions.

  2. Press this stem until the CHANGE COMPASS ZONE message appears. This menu will allow you to change the zone of the compass. To find the zone that the vehicle is in, consult the manual (page 5-7).

  3. Press the “set” button until the correct zone is shown. Next time the compass is brought up by pressing on the stem by the screen, it will be set to the correct zone.

  4. Through this same menu, the compass can be calibrated. To do this, flip through the menu until the CALIBRATE COMPASS command comes up and, when selected, will require you to drive in tight circles until the compass can properly orient itself. The screen will read CALIBRATION COMPLETE when it is finished.

Tip

Only set the zone of the compass when the vehicle is stopped, and only calibrate the compass away from roads or other traffic.

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: How do I adjust the lumbar support on the bucket seats?

Lumbar support is a convenient feature that makes long trips much more comfortable. Proper lumbar support makes the seat more evenly support the passenger. In a truck with manual bucket seats, the lumbar support is adjusted by spinning...

Q: Navigation GPS screen independently turns off

Hi there, thank you for asking about your 2007 Infiniti FX45. To fix any issues with your car's navigation system, you should contact Infiniti Navigation Customer Service at (888) 362-8837 and explain your problem. They should be able to advise...

Q: My cars sounds like a lawn mower when driving and when I checked the oil it had white stuff in it. What could it be?

Hello, thank you for writing in. Judging by the sound of the engine, you likely have a fuel or air leak that is modifying how the engine is running. This may be on the intake side, or the exhaust. A...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...