How Do You Change the Clock on Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Vehicles 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 Vehicles radio has this feature, the term "RDS" will appear in the upper left corner of the radio.

Under The Hood:

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Select and hold the "Set" button for a few seconds until general settings items appear on the display. Release the button.

To set the hour, use the "Forward" and "Back" buttons (indicated by the << and >> symbols) to scroll though the general menu items until you see "CLOCK H." Then turn the "Control Dial" clockwise (increases number) or counter-clockwise (decreases number) to adjust the hour.

To set the minutes, use the same process from Step 2 to scroll though the general menu items until you see "CLOCK M." Then turn the "Control Dial" clockwise (increases number) or counter-clockwise (decreases number) to adjust the minutes.

Press the "Set" button to exit the settings menu.

 How to Change the Clock in a Honda Civic

Setting the Clock in the Seventh-Generation Civic (2001 to 2005)

Insert your key and turn it to ignition position one (accessory mode).

Press and hold the button labeled "Scan/Rpt." While holding the button, press and hold "Preset 4" to advance the hour display. Release both buttons when the correct hour appears.

Press and hold the button labeled "Scan/Rpt" again, and then press and hold "Preset 5" to advance the minute setting. Release both buttons when the desired time is reached.

Changing the Clock in the Eighth-Generation Civic (2006 to 2010)

Press and hold the "Clock" button (this is also the "AM" button) until the display flashes.

Press "Preset 1" to advance to the desired hour, and then press "Preset 2" to advanced to the desired minute setting.

Press the "Clock" button to exit programming mode and save your changes.

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Insert the key into your ignition and move it into the "On" position. The van must be on in order to display the digital light. Turn off the radio, if it's on.

Search the dashboard for the "Set" button. That will alert the clock's system that you intend to change the time.

Press the "Scan" buttons to change the minutes and hours. Some models allow you to hold down the buttons and run through the numbers, while others require to you to continually hit the scan buttons to change the time.

Press the "Set" button again after you've selected the correct time. This will tell your clock's system that you have finished setting the time. Next time you hit the scan button the time won't move.

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Insert your smart key into the ignition module.

Press the "Menu" button on the left side of your steering wheel to bring up the Mercedes-Benz menu. Press the "Up" or "Down" arrows on the right side of your steering wheel to browse through the menu options.

Stop when the display reads "Settings." Press the "Menu" button to enter the Settings menu.

Press the "Up" or "Down" buttons until the message "Time/Date" appears. Press the "Menu" button to enter.

Press the "Up" or "Down" buttons to highlight "Clock Set Hour," then press the "Menu" button again.

Press the "+" or "-" button on your steering wheel -- right side, beneath arrows -- to adjust the hour display. Press the "Menu" button to exit and save your changes.

Press the "Up" or "Down" arrows to highlight "Clock Set Minute," then press "Menu" to enter. Press the positive "+" or negative "-" button to adjust the minute display, then press "Menu" to exit.

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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.

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Changing the Time Zone

To change time zones, press the "Info" button until the navigation system shows the "Settings" screen. Press the "Enter" key up or down to highlight "Preferences," and then press the "Enter" key again. Highlight "Time Zone" by pressing the "Enter" key up or down, then press the "Enter" key to select "Time Zone." Highlight the correct time zone by pressing the "Enter" button up of down, then press the "Enter" key to choose the time zone.

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With Navigation System

Press the "Setting" button on the control panel below the touchscreen. On the touchscreen, select "Others." It will be at the lower right corner of the screen.

Select "Clock." Touch the arrows on either side of the "Offset (hour)" and "Offset (min)" menu options to adjust the time. When you are done, select "Back" to return to the previous menu.

There are several additional clock-related settings that navigation-system-equipped Pathfinders allow you to adjust. You can choose between a 12- and 24-hour clock, turn the on-screen clock display on and off, enable or disable daylight saving time and override the navigation system's automatic time zone setting. Access all of these settings via the same screen used to set the hours and minutes.

Without Navigation System

Press and hold the "Disp/Clock" button in the audio system control panel. After a few seconds, you will hear a beeping sound and the current time will be shown on the display screen with the hour digits blinking.

Press the "Seek" button repeatedly until the correct hour is displayed. Press the "Disp/Clock" button again to adjust minutes. Press "Seek" repeatedly until the correct minute setting is displayed.

Press "Disp/Clock" one last time to complete the process. Your clock is now set.

 How to Change the Clock in a Jeep

Stick your key into the Jeep's ignition cylinder and turn it to the "ACC" ignition position.

Locate the clock-setting buttons on the Jeep's audio systems panel. Note that you should see a "Time" button, as well as two small, depressed buttons labeled "H" for hours and "M" for minutes.

Press the "Time" button to access the vehicle's clock-setting mode.

Use the tip of a ballpoint pen to press the depressed "H" button repeatedly until the correct hours value is displayed on the Jeep's digital screen.

Press the depressed "M" button repeatedly to set the minutes digits to the correct value.

Turn the key to the "Off" ignition position to complete the clock-setting process. Remove the key from the Jeep's ignition cylinder.

Items you will need

  • Ballpoint pen

 How to Change the Clock on Your Cadillac STS

Crank your Cadillac STS's engine, or turn the ignition to "On" to activate the car's electronics.

Push the "Seek Right" knob on the right side of the STS's radio. This opens the main menu. Turn the "Seek Right" knob to select "Set Clock."

Press the "Seek Right" knob again to make the selection.

Turn the "Seek Right" knob to adjust the time. There is no separate setting for the hour or minute; just turn the knob until the desired time shows on the clock.

Press the "Seek Right" knob to save the changes you have made to the STS's clock.

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AM-FM Stereo and AM-FM-Cassette Stereo

Press and hold the "CLK" button until "Clock Set" shows on the display. Change the hour setting by pressing the "Seek" arrows and change the minutes using the "Tune" arrows. Press "CLK" to accept your setting.

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Press and release the "RDS" button until "Select Hour" shows on the display, and then press the "SEL" arrows until the clock shows the correct hour. Press and release the "RDS" button until "Select Mins" shows on the display, and then use the "SEL" arrows to choose the correct minute setting.