How to Reset a Mitutoyo Dial Caliper

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How to Reset a Mitutoyo Dial Caliper
Dial calipers can be reset to restore accuracy. (dial caliper image by Paul Moore from

A dial caliper is a versatile measuring tool that you can use to take several different physical measurements. Measuring outer and inner dimensions as well as step or hole depths is possible to an accuracy of within one-thousandth of an inch. The dials on dial calipers can move if the locking screw holding the dial in place is loosened or if the instrument is jarred. Resetting the dial on a Mitutoyo dial caliper can possibly restore accuracy to the tool if inaccurate readings are being obtained.

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Things you need

  • Calibrated standards

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  1. 1

    Firmly close the jaws of the Mitutoyo dial caliper.

  2. 2

    Loosen the locking screw located underneath the dial of the caliper.

    How to Reset a Mitutoyo Dial Caliper
    Loosen the locking screw underneath the dial. (microprocessor image by laviniaparscuta from
  3. 3

    Rotate the now-loosened dial so that the pointer lines up directly with the "0" marking on the dial face.

  4. 4

    Check the accuracy of the tool with a calibrated standard. If you use a 1-inch standard, the Mitutoyo dial caliper should be accurate to within one-thousandth of 1 inch, or from 0.999 to 1.001 inches.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a calibrated standard close to the size of the object being measured to ensure maximum accuracy.
  • Cease using a caliper if its readings do not match a calibrated standard's measurement.
  • The gears inside a dial caliper can become damaged beyond repair, even after attempting to reset the caliper.

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