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

asked by on

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 also give you information about anything going on with the car. Here’s a look at what you’ll find in the instrument cluster:

  • Tachometer: This tells you how fast the engine is spinning. If the needle moves into the red zone, the situation is becoming dangerous.

  • Speedometer: This tells you how fast you’re traveling. It offers both miles per hour and kilometers per hour (the inner and outer rings of numbers).

  • Temperature Gauge: This tells you the temperature of the engine coolant. It should remain roughly in the middle during normal operation. If it edges into the red, the engine is about to overheat.

  • Fuel Gauge: This tells you how much gas is left in the tank, as well as the side of the car where the fuel door can be found.

  • Trip Information Display: This gives you information about your mileage and other trip specific data.

  • Shift Indicator Lights: This tells you what gear the transmission is in currently.

  • Odometer and Trip Meter: This lets you see how many miles are on the engine, as well as the trip mileage (you have two trip meters that can be reset independently).

  • Reset Button: This lets you reset the two trip meters to 0.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. What gauges and readouts can be found in the instrument cluster?

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: Replacing transmission on '95 Toyota Corolla with Celica transmission

You shouldn't just be swapping those things because it's a different engine, different size, and different gear ratio in them. Just live with whatever it does because you really shouldn't be doing these types of swap. I know guys who...

Q: Anti Brakes light comes on and cruise control quit working at the same time.

Hello there, the ABS and cruise control systems work together and any fault with the ABS will disable the cruise control. The most likely causes of the ABS light is an issue with the control module, ABS sensor, or low...

Q: Tachometer only goes up.

Hello and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. It seems that your tachometer is loosing voltage in the rheostat (the part that makes the meter work). The tachometer gets its signal from the computer or the ignition coil pack ground circuit. If...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
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...