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Old 02-24-2007, 02:17 AM   #1
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In the dash when I am usually running on E, it says "check gages"

I thought nothing of it, seeing it routinely, until...

My friend pointed this out to me and we could not come up with a solution...

It should be "check gauges" ; right?

Im not that wacked out. Swear.
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i dont feel like going out to my car right now, but it works according to M-W.com:

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Main Entry: 1gauge
Variant(*): also gage /'gAj/
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English gauge, from Anglo-French
1 a : a measurement (as of linear dimension) according to some standard or system: as (1) : the distance between the rails of a railroad (2) : the size of a shotgun barrel'* inner diameter nominally expressed as the number of lead balls each just fitting that diameter required to make a pound <a 12-gauge shotgun> (3) : the thickness of a thin material (as sheet metal or plastic film) (4) : the diameter of a slender object (as wire or a hypodermic needle) (5) : the fineness of a knitted fabric expressed by the number of loops per unit width b : DIMENSIONS, SIZE c : MEASURE 1 <surveys are a gauge of public sentiment>
2 : an instrument for or a means of measuring or testing: as a : an instrument for measuring a dimension or for testing mechanical accuracy b : an instrument with a graduated scale or dial for measuring or indicating quantity3 : relative position of a ship with reference to another ship and the wind
4 : a function introduced into a field equation to produce a convenient form of the equation but having no observable physical consequences
synonym see STANDARD
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gauge /geɪdʒ/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[geyj] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation verb, gauged, gaug·ing, noun
–verb (used with object) 1. to determine the exact dimensions, capacity, quantity, or force of; measure. 2. to appraise, estimate, or judge.
3. to make conformable to a standard.
4. to mark or measure off; delineate.
5. to prepare or mix (plaster) with a definite proportion of plaster of Paris and mortar.
6. to chip or rub (bricks or stones) to a uniform size or shape.
–noun 7. a standard of measure or measurement.
8. a standard dimension, size, or quantity.
9. any device or instrument for measuring, registering measurements, or testing something, esp. for measuring a dimension, quantity, or mechanical accuracy: pressure gauge; marking gauge.
10. a means of estimating or judging; criterion; test.
11. extent; scope; capacity: trying to determine the gauge of his own strength.
12. Ordnance. a unit of measure of the internal diameter of a shotgun barrel, determined by the number of spherical lead bullets of a diameter equal to that of the bore that are required to make one pound: a twelve-gauge shotgun.
13. Railroads. the distance between the inner edges of the heads of the rails in a track, usually 4 ft. 8.5 in. (1.4 m) (standard gauge), but sometimes more (broad gauge) and sometimes less (narrow gauge).
14. the distance between a pair of wheels on an axle.
15. the thickness or diameter of various, usually thin, objects, as the thickness of sheet metal or the diameter of a wire or screw.
16. the fineness of a knitted fabric as expressed in loops per every 1.5 in. (3.8 cm): 15 denier, 60 gauge stockings.
17. Nautical. the position of one vessel as being to the windward (weather gauge) or to the leeward (lee gauge) of another vessel on an approximately parallel course.
18. Building Trades. the portion of the length of a slate, tile, etc., left exposed when laid in place.
19. the amount of plaster of Paris mixed with mortar or common plaster to hasten the set.

Also, especially in technical use, gage.


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This last part is interesting (from dictionary dot com)

I guess I learn something every day, even though i think gauges is more appropriate

...but then it wouldnt be check (six characters) gages (six characters) and line up nicely
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GM figured out that they could save $.000000021 per car if they didn't have to print a "U" for the overlay. In the '08 GM cars, the dash will say, "Ck injun" when it throws a code.
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I noticed that a LONG time ago....I agree...very weird, and annoying.
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somebody wrote in to motor trend magazine a couple months ago about that same thing, aparently many people have noticed that
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it is a varient of gauge, so really it is ok, just cheap and lazy by GM.
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It is because of the available room.
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Running near empty is bad for your fuel pump. It relies on the fuel to keep it cool.
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