Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car's gas gauge jumps around

asked by on

Gas gauge jumps around

Hi there. Without knowing what kind of vehicle this is it will be hard for me to give you good information. If your gauges are jumping around it can be from any number of things, but most of the time it is caused by a bad connection at the instrument panel or a voltage issue. That can be a bad connection at the battery or a failing ignition switch. The electrical system will need to be fully checked out to see why this is occurring.

If you want to have this gauge issue checked, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose why the gauges are acting like this and help you make the necessary repairs.

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: Automatic seatbelt on drivers side stuck in open position

The seat belt track needs to be replaced most likely. The track works like a window motor and it requires the door to be closed completely to operate. Once the door is verified to be closed and signal to belt...

Q: High fuel consumption

The Space Gear used both 4 cylinder (2.4L) and 6 cylinder (3.0L) engines and there was also an AWD (All Wheel Drive) version, not to mention diesel versions. Consequently, the curb weight of the various versions of the vehicle ranged...

Q: Temperature gauge on dashboard

If by replacing the "temperature valve" you are referring to the thermostat (which does in fact act as a valve in a way), then you might have an electrical issue. Assuming with the repairs you have done, that the cooling...

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...
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...
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.