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Old 06-13-2011, 03:55 PM   #1
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What does "CAL" mean ?

I started up my car today, and on the panel where it normal would have the compass, it says "CAL". Does anyone know what that means?
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Old 06-13-2011, 03:57 PM   #2
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calibrate.....just drive the car it will go away
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:00 PM   #3
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:02 PM   #4
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:04 PM   #5
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is there any reason why this pops up?
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:05 PM   #6
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Cal-U of California Berkeley

Did it say "Go Bears" under the word Cal? If so, I want your car.
If it ever says Stanford or USC, set your car on fiire and roll it down a hill.
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:06 PM   #7
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is there any reason why this pops up?
The only time it pops up on my car is when I disconnect the battery for an extended period of time.
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:21 PM   #8
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It should be the recalibration of your compass.....at least from what I can tell

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Old 06-13-2011, 04:50 PM   #9
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It should be the recalibration of your compass.....at least from what I can tell

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Their is a compass in the car?
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:55 PM   #10
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It is the recalibration for the compass. If the car has lost connection for being in a garage, under a roof or something it usually pops up. Happens all the time when put cars on the dyno!

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Old 06-13-2011, 06:24 PM   #11
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When I park under the canopy at work and don't move it all day, when I leave it will say CAL for a minute then correct itself.
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Old 06-13-2011, 06:50 PM   #12
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In the owners manual it tells you that sometimes this will pop up in the DIC (drivers info center) when the satellite signal is lost for the GPS locator in your car, yo just have to move the car to another area and the signal will be picked up again..
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:49 PM   #13
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I almost freaked out today. I got the damn message also. I was like "oh hell no" with 4k miles on it.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:55 PM   #14
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Interesting, I've stored mine 2 winters (NY winters are 5 months), and other times it may sit in the garage for up to 2 weeks without being started, and I have never seen this.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:59 PM   #15
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Drive it around a parking lot in a couple figure 8s, away from metal posts. It'll calibrate after that.
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:13 PM   #16
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Drive it around a parking lot in a couple figure 8s, away from metal posts. It'll calibrate after that.
it doesn't take figure 8s and staying away from metal posts... it takes driving for a minute or 2... the compass wasn't made in the 1980s.
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:43 PM   #17
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Mines a daily driver (20 months and counting) and I've never seen this. Sounds like an easy fix though..
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:44 PM   #18
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calibrate.....just drive the car it will go away

and when you turn around.... it will come back
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:59 PM   #19
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Did it say "Go Bears" under the word Cal? If so, I want your car.
If it ever says Stanford or USC, set your car on fiire and roll it down a hill.
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:35 PM   #20
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Their is a compass in the car?
Look next to your odometer... it uses GPS to figure out which way you're going...it shows you N NE E SE S SW W NW

...I have 23-24K miles on my car...once in a while I notice it says CAL when I first get in...always fixes itself almost immediately...I'd be willing to bet everyone's does, and it just goes unnoticed most of the time.
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:44 PM   #21
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it doesn't take figure 8s and staying away from metal posts... it takes driving for a minute or 2... the compass wasn't made in the 1980s.
pretty sure he was kidding....no, actually I am positive he was kidding.

OP, all of ours will do this on occasion, just like a hand held GPS
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:28 PM   #22
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What everyone else said. Mine has never come on but, i sure hope it relearns better than the TPMS does. What a nightmare those are.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:47 PM   #23
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Mines a daily driver (20 months and counting) and I've never seen this. Sounds like an easy fix though..
Mine sits in the garage 80% of the time and I've never seen this.
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:27 PM   #24
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I checked through the 2011 Camaro owners manual and in section 5 on page 33 I found and excerpt about the CAL message:

This message is displayed when the
compass needs to be calibrated.
See Compass on page 5-4.

If you see three dashes for your compass that means your compass needs servicing. I hope that answers any questions that might be lingering.

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Old 03-29-2013, 02:44 AM   #25
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I found some information on google..

#PIC5159D: Compass Calibration - (Aug 2, 2011)

Subject:
Compass Calibration

Models:

2010 - 2012 Buick LaCrosse

2011 - 2012 Buick Regal 2012 Buick Verano

2010 - 2012 Cadillac SRX

2011 - 2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Chevrolet Orlando

2012 Chevrolet Sonic

2010 - 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Equinox

2010 - 2012 GMC Terrain

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The following diagnosis might be helpful if the vehicle exhibits the symptom(s) described in this PI.

Condition/Concern:

Customers may comment that the compass in the DIC displays CAL or dashes (- - -).

Recommendation/Instructions:


The compass receives its heading and other information from all the following modules:

1.OnStar Module (VCIM) - Global Positioning System (GPS) data

2.EBCM - Stabilitrak and Yaw Sensor data.

3.ECM - Vehicle speed data.

If any one of these modules lose communication or if the inputs used to calculate compass data is lost, CAL or -- will display on the DIC. If the vehicle is driven without a GPS Signal (i.e. in a parking deck, tunnel, or something covering the GPS antenna that blocks the signal) for more than 5 miles or for more than 2700 total Degrees of Turn (approx. 8 circles), only CAL will display. CAL means the compass system is CALIBRATING and this is normal operation.

When CAL or -- is displayed, drive the vehicle in an area that has clear line of sight to the sky, making several 90 degree turns. Once a signal is received, it will recalculate a heading based on its new sensor values. If the compass heading does not update after several turns in an open area, turn the Ignition off, open and close the driver's door and wait 3-5 minutes for vehicle system to power down and go to sleep then restart the vehicle. The display should now be updated. Refer to the Owner's Manual as necessary.
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