Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How do I use the engine coolant temperature gauge?

asked by on

How do I use the engine coolant temperature gauge?

The engine coolant temperature gauge is on your instrument control panel. It tells you the temperature of your engine. The gauge has an H for hot, and a C for cool. Where the needle rests between the H and the C lets you know how hot your vehicle’s engine is. If the vehicle is operating correctly, the needle won’t get very close to the H, or to the colored region near the H. If the needle indicates that the engine is too hot, you should pull over your vehicle as soon as possible.

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

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 choose a radio band?

Choosing between AM, FM, and XM (if equipped) radio is very easy. Simply press the RADIO/BAND or SOURCE button until you reach the radio band of your choosing.

Q: My car is losing coolant from tailpipe

Hi there. According to what you've described, it does sound like your mechanic was correct; a blown head gasket. The radiator reservoir leak may have lead to the blown head gasket by causing a low coolant level, thus resulting in...

Q: Injectors

Hi There, Yes, you are correct in that there is what is known as the "spider" which looks obviously a bit like a spider. This is the fuel meter body that has several lines coming from it with the fuel...

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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.