Q: How do you calibrate the compass in a 2012 Ford Escape?

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How do you calibrate the compass?

Your car’s electronic compass can provide important directional information, but it can also be thrown off by passing through strong electrical fields, strong magnetic fields, exposure to strong radio signals and more. If it’s thrown off, you’ll need to recalibrate it. Here’s how to do just that:

  1. Crank the engine.

  2. Hold the Reset button until you see “Cal.”

  3. Let go of the Reset button.

  4. Drive your car in a very slow circle (under 3 MPH).

  5. The “Cal” notification will eventually change to the direction. This means the compass is calibrated.


It can take up to 5 circles to calibrate your compass.

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