Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What do the various gauges on the dash do?

asked by on

What do the various gauges on the dash do?

A: The gauges on your car’s dash provide you w...

The gauges on your car’s dash provide you with essential information you’ll need while driving. Here’s a quick rundown:

  1. Speedometer: Tells you how fast you’re traveling

  2. Tachometer: Tells you how fast the engine is turning (revolutions per minute, or RPM)

  3. Fuel Gauge: Tells you the level of gas in the tank

  4. Instant Fuel Economy Gauge: Shows you your car’s fuel economy in the form of a bar graph (not all Civics are equipped with this)

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: Car won't start and no light on the dashboar. Lights, radio, wiper, a/c working. 1994 Honda Civic

Hi there, I would first check for blown fuse(s) and any relays for the ignition and coils. The "smoke came out of the steering wheel" is alarming! You may have a burned out ignition switch, or damaged wiring in the...

Q: Flashing check engine light - 2007 Ford Edge

When a Ford vehicle displays a flashing Check Engine Light on the dashboard, this is an indication that your engine has a misfire. I would first recommend having your vehicle scanned for trouble codes with an OBD-2 scanner. This will...

Q: Oil spark plug issue 1989 Honda Civic

Hi there - to be sure, oil leaking down onto the plugs from a bad valve cover gasket will cause misfire and hard start/no start problems. It is also possible you have a failing ignition module or coil that has...

Related articles

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
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.