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Q: What does the Cal message mean?

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What does the Cal message mean?

The Cal message can appear on your driver information center (DIC). When the DIC displays this alert, it means that the DIC compass needs to be calibrated. If this alert is accompanied by three dashes, then your compass is not working and needs maintenance.

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