Let’s be honest, how many of us buy gauges purely because they light up at night and make the inside of our cars look cool? And how many of us have gauges in our cars that we barely look at?
The fact is, gauges actually play an incredibly important role in the longevity and wellbeing of your engine. Here we investigate the range of options on the market that you might want to consider and explain why you should be taking notice of them…
1. Oil temperature gauge
Oil temp gauges find their way into the majority of stock performance cars, but if yours hasn’t got one then it should be high on your list of priorities. Whether your motor is road or track based, oil temperature is something you want to be aware of, and not just to avoid excess temperatures – oil must also reach a sufficient temperature (normally 90°C) before you put the boot down.
Why do I need an oil temperature gauge?
If the oil temperature gets too high and the oil breaks down, the protection it offers will be reduced. An oil temperature gauge lets you check when you’ve reached the safe thermal limit of your oil.
What to look for:
The safe operating temperature of your oil varies depending on the grade. However, we don’t recommend you see oil temperatures in excess of 130°C for a prolonged period of time. High oil temps will result in lower than normal oil pressure, which isn’t something you want to have.