How to Set the Clock on the Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Most Saturn car are equipped with a Radio Data System, or RDS. There are, however, some base models that came with a basic AM/FM stereo. The RDS audio system works in conjunction with FM stations in your area to receive special announcements, such as weather warnings, traffic warnings, and special promotions. The radio lists the information in the display. In order to program your audio system and set the clock in your Saturn car you will need to determine whether your vehicle is equipped with an RDS-enabled system.

Under The Hood:

 How to Set the Clock on the BMW X3

Insert the key into the ignition of your BMW X3; turn the key to the first position.

Note the two buttons directly to the right of the odometer on the BMW X3 dash; these buttons are used to set the vehicle clock.

Press and hold the right button until the clock's hours place digits appear on the odometer display. Note that the colon to the right of the hours place digits will begin blinking, indicating that you have entered the time-setting mode.

Press the left button repeatedly to set the hours place digits to the correct time.

Press the right button to enter the time-setting mode for the minutes place digits.

Use the left button to set the minute place digits to the appropriate time.

Press the right button a final time to save your clock settings.

 How to Set the Clock on My Dodge CD Player

Turn on your car's engine. Turn on your CD player, if it's not already on, by pushing the "Power" button.

Press and hold the "Time" button for five seconds. After five seconds, the clock display's hour will start to blink.

Turn your "Tune" or "Seek" button to change the hour on the clock. Turn the knob to the right to increase the hour or to the left to decrease it.

Push the "Tune" or "Seek" button to set the hour. When you press the "Tune" or "Seek" button, the hour will stop blinking, and the clock display's minute button will start to blink.

Turn the "Tune" or "Seek" button to the right to increase the minutes or to the left to decrease the minutes. Push the "Tune" or "Seek" button to finish.

 How to Set the Clock in a Dodge Durango

Locate the "Time" button in the upper right corner of the audio systems panel in your Dodge Durango. Press and hold the "Time" button until the "hour" digits start to blink.

Use the "Tune/Audio" control dial located on the right side of the audio systems panel to set the hour on the clock. Turn the dial until the hour reflects the current time.

Press the "Tune/Audio" control dial to advance the setting to the "minutes" digits. Adjust the minutes to reflect the current time by turning the "Tune/Audio" control dial.

Press the "Tune/Audio" control dial to save your changes and exit the clock-setting mode.

 How to Set the Clock in a 2002 Ford Explorer

Press and hold the “CLK” control located on the clock and radio assembly.

Select the hour section by pressing the upper portion of the “Seek” radio control, and set the hour using the radio volume control.

Select the minute section by pressing the lower portion of the “Seek” radio control, and set the minutes using the radio volume control.

 How to Set a Clock on a Cadillac Deville

Locate the "HR" and "MN" buttons on the right side of the radio's interface. "HR" is on top; "MN" is on the bottom.

Push either the "HR" or "MN" button once to display the time on the radio screen.

Select then depress the "HR" button. You'll notice that the hour begins to advance. Release the "HR" button when the hour is correct.

Push and hold the "MN" button. The minute will begin to advance. Release it when the minutes are correct.

 How to Set the Clock in a 2004 GMC

Setting the Clock on the 2004 GMC Safari

Tap the "Set" button on the radio. Push and hold the "Left Seek" button within five seconds. As you're holding the button, the hour changes.

Let go of the "Left Seek" button when the hour displays correctly.

Push and hold the "Right Seek" button. This changes the minute. Release it when the minute shows the correct time.

Setting the Clock on the 2004 GMC Sierra

Push and hold the "HR" or "H" button, depending on which radio your Sierra has, for two seconds. This brings you to the clock setting mode.

Tap the "HR" or "H" button to adjust the hour.

Push and hold the "MN" or "M" button, depending on which radio your Sierra has, for two seconds.

Tap the "MN" or "M" button to adjust the minute display.

Setting the Clock in All Other 2004 GMC Vehicles

Push and hold the "HR" or "H" button, depending on which radio your GMC has. As you hold the button, the hour changes.

Release the "HR" or "H" button when the hour shows the correct time.

Push and hold "MN" or "M" to set the minute.

 How to Set the Clock in a Mini Cooper

Put your ignition key into the ignition, and turn it slowly until it clicks over into the first position and stop.

Change the preset military time (where 1 p.m. will read as 13:00) to standard time by pressing the two buttons directly below the clock face simultaneously. If you want to keep the Mini Cooper clock set to military time, skip this step.

Change the hour on your clock by pressing the left button. Each time you press the left button the hour will move forward one increment. If you want to fast-forward through the hours, hold the button down.

Change the minutes on your Mini Cooper clock by pressing the right button beneath the clock. Press it once to move it ahead one minute and hold the button down to fast-forward through the minutes.

Turn your ignition back off or turn it over to start the car. Your Mini Cooper clock is now set.

Items you will need

  • Mini Cooper ignition key

 How to Set a Clock on a 2005 Jeep

Hold down the "Time" button, located at the top of the audio systems panel, until the hours digits on the digital display begin to blink.

Turn the "Tune/Audio" control, located on the right side of the audio panel, until the hours place digits reflect the desired number value.

Push the "Tune/Audio" control to advance the blinking to the minutes digits. Rotate the "Tune/Audio" control until the appropriate minutes value is shown.

Press any button to exit the Jeep's time-setting mode.

 How to Set the Clock on a 2003 Civic

Turn the ignition in your Honda Civic so that the digital clock displays on the dashboard audio panel.

Press and hold the "Scan/Rpt" button while setting the hours and minutes place digits on your vehicle clock.

Press and hold the fourth radio preset button adjust the clock's hours place digits. Release the button when the appropriate number value is displayed.

Press and hold the fifth radio preset button to set the minutes place digits on your Honda Civic vehicle clock. Release the button when the minutes place digits reflect the current time.

Release the "Scan/Rpt" button to complete the clock-setting process.

 How to Set the Clock in a 2005 Saturn Ion

Setting the Clock Without an RDS Audio System

Look at the buttons on your radio to determine that your audio system is a base model. You will only see the most basic buttons, such as “Power,” “Volume,” “Tune," "Seek” and the channel preset numbers. The base model AM/FM stereo also contains a simple cassette player or a CD player. Both base model players are set the same way.

Push the “RCL” (Recall) button and hold it in. This button allows you to switch the radio’s display to show the time or radio station.

Push the “Tune & Seek” arrow button while still holding down the “RCL” button. This will make the time move up or down, depending on which arrow you are pressing. Release the buttons when the correct time is displayed.

Manually Setting the Clock With an RDS Audio System

Look at the layout of your radio to determine whether your audio system has RDS capabilities. You will see several buttons, mostly basic, but you will also notice a button to the right of the display screen that has “RDS” written on it. This is the alert button for the RDS audio system.

Push the “RCL” (Recall) button and hold it in. Press the “AUTO EQ” left arrow at the same time. Listen for your radio to beep. This beep means that you can now set your clock.

Stop pressing the “RCL” button. Push and hold the “AUTO EQ” left arrow button to set the hour. Release the button when the correct hour appears.

Push and hold the “AUTO EQ” right arrow button to set the minutes. Release the button when the correct time is displayed.

Press the “RCL” button to save the new time.

Synchronizing the Clock with an RDS Audio System

Press the “Scan” buttons until you come to the FM radio station displaying the time you would like to synchronize with. You may notice that some stations will simply display the current time, instead of an RDS message or other information.

Push the “RCL” and the “RDS” buttons at the same time. Hold them down for approximately two seconds.

Look for the words “SET RDS TIME” to flash on the radio’s display. Let go of the buttons. Your clock will now be synchronized with the radio station.

 How to Set a Clock on an Oldsmobile Alero

Hold the "HR" button for three seconds to enter the hour programming mode.

Press the "HR" button repeatedly until the desired hour is shown (the radio clock does not differentiate between AM and PM).

Hold the "MIN" button for three seconds to enter the minute programming mode.

Press the "MIN" button until the desired hour is shown. After a few seconds, the display will stop blinking; the clock will exit programming mode.

 How to Set the Clock on a 2007 Jeep Liberty

Locate the clock-setting buttons on the left side of the audio systems panel in your Jeep Liberty. Note that the buttons are labeled "H" for hours and "M" for minutes.

Hold down the "H" button to set the clock's hours digits to the appropriate time. Release the "H" button when the correct hour is displayed.

Press and hold the "M" button to set the minutes on your Liberty's clock. Let go of the button when the desired minutes are shown.

Wait for the changes to be saved automatically after five seconds of inactivity.

 How to Set the Clock on a '99-'05 BMW 3 Series E46

Turn the ignition key one notch to position one.

Press the On Board Computer button(located on the left turn signal stalk) until the clock appears on the instrument panel under your speedometer.

On the instrument cluster there are two little black knobs. Twist the one on the RIGHT. Move it clockwise and the clock will go forward, twist anti-clockwise, and it will go backwards.

NOTE**

The On Board Computer may not be an option on all 3 Series BMWs. This article is for a 3 series equipped with this option. If you do not have this option, please refer to your manual on how to set the clock, or try this method, it may still work.

Items you will need

  • Few Minutes of Time

 How to Set the Clock on a 2001 Honda Civic

Start your engine, or turn your key to Accessory mode (notch two on your ignition) to turn your radio on.

Press and hold the Clock button ("Scan/Rpt"). While holding the button, press Preset four to change the hour. Release the Clock button when the correct hour appears.

Press and hold Clock again. While holding the button, press Preset five to change the minute. Release the button when the correct minute appears.

 How to Set a Clock on a 2003 GMC Sierra

Setting the Clock for Radios without Radio Data Systems

Tap and hold the "HR" (hours) or "MIN" (minutes)arrow for at least two seconds.

Press the "HR" (down) arrow. Scroll until the correct hour appears on the clock display.

Tap and hold the "MIN" (up) button. Scroll until the correct minutes appear on the display. You can set the time whether the vehicle's ignition is on or off.

Setting the Clock for Radios with Radio Data Systems

Tap and hold the "HR" (hours) or "MIN" (minutes)arrow for at least two seconds.

Press the "HR" (down) arrow. Scroll until the correct hour appears on the clock display.

Tap and hold the "MIN" (up) button. Scroll until the correct minutes appear on the display. You can set the time whether the vehicle's ignition is on or off.

Tap and hold the "H" or "HR" and "MN" buttons at the same time. Wait for the words "RDS Display" to appear on the display. This feature allows truck owners to synchronize the time with FM stations broadcasting RDS information.

Confirm the time. Press and hold the "H" or "HR" and "MN" buttons at the same time for at least two seconds. If the time is not available for that particular FM radio station, the words "NO UPDAT" will show on the display.

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