A C172S I occasionally rent had the EGT gauge placarded INOP when it had a JPI EDM-700 engine monitor installed. The placard sits on the gauge so you can no longer see the needle. Probably the single point EGT probe has been removed so the needle wouldn't work anymore. Of course that is fine - the EDM-700 is TSO'd. Now recently the EDM itself is placarded INOP and its circuit breaker collared so it cannot be reset.
So now this 172S has two INOP EGT gauges, and I'm down to leaning by ear. I know the EGT gauge is not required daytime VFR equipment. However, since the airplane was certificated having a factory EGT gauge installed, I'm wondering whether it's airworthy like this. The Plane is N-registered and I'm asking within FAA jurisdiction.