Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What should I know about using the electronic compass?

asked by on

What should I know about using the electronic compass?

A: If your car is equipped with an electronic ...

If your car is equipped with an electronic compass, you’ll find it displayed in the center information console (note: this is not available on all Fusions). It provides handy direction information, but there are a few things you should know:

  • Strong electric and magnetic fields can and will affect the compass.

  • In most instances, your compass will auto-correct to the right direction within a few days of interference.

  • Compass readings can also be affected by the proximity of tall buildings, bridges and other things.

  • You may need to set the right zone setting to ensure the accuracy of your compass.

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: Ignition broke off

I believe the ignition lock cylinder is an integrated, non serviceable component in the steering column. The entire column may have to be replaced. I recommend having a qualified technician, like one from YourMechanic, take a look at it and...

Q: How should my car be towed to avoid damage?

While it’s hoped that it won’t happen, it’s entirely possible that you’ll one day need to have your car towed. It might be the aftermath of an accident, or because of engine overheating, but no matter what the cause, you...

Q: What does the “Brake fluid level low” warning in the message center mean?

Your car is equipped with some pretty advanced equipment in order to monitor the various systems needed for safe driving. One of those sensors is designed to check the level of fluid in the master cylinder reservoir. If the fluid...

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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...