Have you heard the horror stories about car engines dying without warning?
Although motor vehicles have become increasingly reliable, there is always the danger of your engine overheating, burning out entirely, and leaving you calling in favors for lifts or walking all the way to work.
If you want to keep your engine from an untimely demise, you should consider installing an EGT gauge. Read on to find out why.
What Is an EGT Gauge?
An EGT gauge is a device used to display the Exhaust Gas Temperature. This temperature fluctuates depending on your speed, how far you push the pedal down, and your vehicle’s load.
In most vehicles, the engine temperature gauge will only shift from its ‘normal operating’ position after an increase of 30 degrees.
Installing an EGT gauge means you have an accurate, real-time temperature reading while your engine runs.
Types of Car Gauges
EGT gauges differ in their display, the type of sensor they use, the type of fuel they work with, their response time constant, and their operating temperature range.
The different fuel types include the following:
- Gasoline/oil mixture
- Natural gas
- Nitrous oxide
- CNG and LNG
Digital EGT displays offer the most accurate temperature reading, but can be distracting because they change constantly and take time to read. Unless you’re interested in knowing the exact temperature of your engine at all times, these can be overkill.
An analog EGT display lets you know that the temperature is changing, but doesn’t take more than a glance to understand. All dangerous temperatures are helpfully marked in red; you’ll know the second your engine is too hot.
Benefits of an EGT Gauge
EGT gauges help prevent engine failure and can assist with engine tuning.
When your engine reaches a dangerous temperature, you immediately know about it. Most EGT gauges provide audio and visual alarms to signal when you could be causing damage to your engine.
Extremely high temperatures will damage the head, valves, and/or the pistons of your car, all without the factory engine temperature gauge moving a smidgen. If their temperature probe is positioned within the cooling system, you could cook your engine without a hint of warning!
An EGT gauge lets you avoid potential damage by showing you even the slightest of temperature changes.
Do I Need an EGT Gauge?
So, who actually needs an EGT gauge in their vehicle?
In most cases, people install EGT gauges after working on their engines. For any modified vehicle, an EGT gauge is one of the most important performance gauges to install. They help you prevent damaging your engine and are the first sign of something having gone wrong.
EGT gauges are also important if you’re playing around with your fuel-air ratio. This can heat your engine without much warning. An EGT gauge is essential to ensure the longevity of your engine.
Install an EGT Gauge Today
Now that you know all there is to know about EGT gauges and how beneficial they can be, why not get one installed?
An EGT gauge is a worthwhile investment as it prevents costly engine failure and keeps your vehicle running.
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