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How to Change the Clock in a 2001 Chevy Malibu

by Leonardo R. Grabkowski

The 2001 Chevrolet Malibu was available from the dealer with one of two radios. The standard radio was a basic AM/FM system; the upgraded radio was an RDS (radio-data systems) unit. Changing the clock on both radios is the same, but the RDS unit has an additional feature--it allows you to synchronize the clock time with the time broadcast by a FM radio station. If your Malibu's radio has this feature, the term "RDS" will appear in the upper left corner of the radio.

Manually Changing the Clock

Press and hold "HR" (beneath the "Tune" knob) for two to three seconds. Release the button.

Press and hold "HR" again to set the hour. Release the button when the correct hour appears (note the "AM" or "PM" setting, which is displayed on the upgraded RDS radio).

Press and hold "MN" to set the correct minute. Release the button when the correct minute appears.

Synchronizing With an FM Station

Tune your radio to the FM station with which you want to synchronize.

Press and hold the "HR" and "MN" buttons simultaneously.

Wait for "Updated" to appear on the radio display. Within a minute or two, the clock will change to the time broadcast by the FM station.


  • If "No Update" appears when you try to synchronize with a FM station, the station is not broadcasting a time. Try a different station.

About the Author

Leonardo R. Grabkowski has been writing professionally for more than four years. Grabkowski attended college in Oregon. He builds websites on the side and has a slight obsession with Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress.

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