Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What do the gauges on the instrument panel tell me?

asked by on

What do the gauges on the instrument panel tell me?

A: The instrument panel includes several gauge...

The instrument panel includes several gauges that provide important information for your car.

  1. The tachometer is located on the left side of the panel and it tells you how fast the engine is going in revolutions per minute or RPMs.

  2. The next gauge is the speedometer, which tells you how fast you’re going.

  3. The third gauge is located on the right side of the panel and it’s the fuel gauge. It tells you how much fuel is in the tank.

  4. The gauge on the far right is the average fuel consumption meter, which tells you the average fuel consumption since the last time you set it.

  5. Under the gauges are a group of lights. The one on the far left tells you when the coolant is low and shows the temperature. Also located here is the odometer, which is also the trip meter, outside temperature, average fuel consumption and current fuel consumption. Next is the shift position and the shift range.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How does the windshield wiper and washer switch work?

Your windshield wiper and washer switch might not be critical to driving the car, but it does provide you with important functionality, particularly when it starts to rain. Here’s what you need to know about using it: Turn the...

Q: Should there be power steering fluid in the rubber boot of the rack and pinion?

Hi there. No, there shouldn't be any fluid coming out of the boot on the steering rack. If there is fluid, then the seal inside the rack has failed. The steering rack end seal is non-serviceable and requires steering rack...

Q: What gauges and readouts can be found in the instrument cluster?

The center of your driver side console is filled with gauges, meters and readouts that provide you with vital information about the car. Understanding the information found here will help keep you safe and secure while on the road, and...

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...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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.