Use this guide to fix a dashboard clock that doesn't light up. Credit goes to Eddie Carrara who made the YouTube video that documents the procedure.

Video Overview

  1. Release the four hidden clips to remove the panel.
    • Release the four hidden clips to remove the panel.

    • This might require a lot of jiggling and prying.

    • Be careful not to break the panel or the clips by prying too hard.

  2. Remove the panel.
    • Remove the panel.

    • Depress the tab and pull to remove the clock connector.

    • Depress the tab and pull to remove the hazard lights connector.

    • The tab is very close to the air vent which makes it hard to reach.

    • Remove two screws to remove the clock assembly.

    • Unclip the four clips to remove the back cover.

      • Get three prying tools and insert them into the clips to allow that side of the case to be removed.

      • Unclip the last remaining clip to fully remove the case.

    • Check the solder points on the resistors.

      • R300

      • R510

    • Touch up any solder points that look like they may not have a good connection.

    • Test the repair before reassembling the clock assembly by plugging the electronics into the dash.

    • Turn the ignition to the 2 position to get the clock to display the time.


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Marc Zych

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This worked awesome..Quick easy..Now i know what time it is again..

Ben Dunstall - Reply

510 was so loose it slide off the board after I tapped with a pencil. Did my best to line it up and touch up the solder. No luck. Junkyard for a new one....sorta new.

timothyackerman2011 - Reply

This worked perfectly for me! I saw one resistor clearly had a bad solder joint and I resoldered it. The others looked alright but I hit them while it was open (with the exception of the side of 510 under the display which was hard to reach) and now the clock works like a charm! :D Thank you!

Peter Miller - Reply

Resoldered those three resistors and the clock works perfectly again. Thank you!

ronthel - Reply

The clock on my 99 crv has played up couple times over the years and I have had to resolder those three main resistors like explained in this procedure. But lately it was playing up once again and it finally went dead other day. You need to check the solder on the resistor underneath the screen also, its the one labelled R203. This requires the desoldering of the two points on screen to allow you to bend the screen up and get underneath. Bend the screen up a little resolder R203 and solder back the two metal legs of screen into the board. Good to use a multimeter to test the resistance across each resistor once soldered. If you dont measure any resistance the solder has not been performed properly. Also test the circuit once complete from the connection points to confirm there is a complete closed circuit loop.

kev - Reply

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