» » »

Chevrolet Q&A

Ask Your Question

2005 Chevrolet Cavalier Question: gages on dash not accurate

 

Question

Visitor, West Sacramento, CA, October 20, 2010, 21:24

The gages on my dash are not accurate, My temperature gage points at the five miles an hour mark. Which would be about 600 degrees. My car is not givving any other indicator of over heating or any other problem. It started a couple weeks ago and has gotten worse every day.

3 Answers
Flag This
  • Answer #1

    October 20, 2010, 21:41
    Profile_thumbnail
     Master

    Your temperature sending unit on the engine is likely reading out of range, or you may have shorted wiring. The key here is that you are not experiencing overheating. Conversely, you could have a faulty gauge. But your issue lies most likely with the sending unit.

    Reply
    Flag This
  • Answer #2

    Precision Automotive Service (101 Answers) , Sacramento, CA - (916) 256-2796
    Precision Automotive Repair October 21, 2010, 11:34
    Profile_thumbnail
     Journeyman

    This sounds like a faulty temperature sending unit or sensor, but GM products do have issues with their instrument clusters. Are any of the other gauges or the speedometer reading abnormally?

    Reply
    Flag This
  • Answer #3

    October 28, 2010, 08:13
    Profile_thumbnail
     Technician

    This is very common on the 03-06 GMs. The cause is the motors behind the gauges are failing, they all go out eventually. You can get it repaired here - www.drspeedometer.com and there's a DIY guide here - www.howtorepairmyinstrumentcluster.com

    Reply
    Flag This