A common failing in older Honda CRVs is that the clock stops working. This can be due to cracked solder joints on the motherboard or worn components that need replacement.
Got a Honda CRV clock not working fault? Then release the clips holding the center dashboard panel, pull out the panel and remove the clock housing. Unscrew the housing, replace the components, or check the motherboard. Resolder cracked connections. Reassemble and return the panel to the dashboard.
At first glance, the motherboard may appear fine. But, using a magnifying glass and inspecting the soldered connections will reveal fine cracks. These cracks may affect the various components’ connectivity.
When reassembling the housing, the buttons may not line up or stay in position due to them falling out.
Make your life easier by turning the housing upside down and placing the clock on top of the housing. This avoids the problem of the buttons falling out of their holes.
If that doesn’t fix the problem, then you may have loose connectors.
Resoldering or replacing the connectors may then solve the problem.
If your clock is still not operational, then the power supply or another major component in the unit may be faulty. To save yourself some money, consider visiting a breakers yard or second-hand parts store to find a cheaper replacement.
Honda CRV Clock Adjustment/Setting Not Working
A more common problem occurs with later model CRV’s where you cannot set or adjust your clock.
The Honda CRV clock setting is on the steering wheel and in the multi-function display. Put the ignition key in position 1, wait for the multi-function display to become live, and press the menu button. Press source and select the up, down, left, or right keys to adjust the time and display.
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When pressing the menu button on the steering wheel, it should highlight the “adjust clock” menu item. If not, then use the up and down buttons (+ and -) to move to your selection.
You have the option to select the 24-hour clock or the AM/PM option. The right button moves the selection across to the hours and minutes.
To exit the menu, select the “back” menu option, then press the source button. Finally, pressing the menu button will take you back to the trip display and the adjusted time should display in the format you selected.
If the buttons do not work on your steering wheel, then the connectors may need fixing or the buttons may have worn out.
Honda CRV Clock Blinking/Flashing
Having your clock blinking and flashing while driving is an annoying problem. It requires urgent attention.
To fix a Honda CRV clock blinking or flashing, reset your display. Select “Settings” from your menu and then “System”. Scroll down the “All” menu to “factory data reset”. Reset the system and see if it has fixed the problem. If not, then you may have loose wiring or a damaged circuit board.
Most of the time, the flashing or flickering will stop once the system resets.
However, if the problem persists, you may have to investigate further. The problem may be a loose wire, connector, or damaged circuit board component.
Honda CRV Clock Keeps Changing/Resetting
Another common but intermittent problem with Honda CRVs occurs when the clock keeps changing the time or resetting itself.
To fix a Honda CRV clock that changes or resets, remove any dirt in the ignition key slot. Blow air into the slot to dislodge any debris. Then spray some acetone on the ignition key and insert it into the ignition. Turn it a few times and push it in and out to dislodge any remaining debris.
The culprit is usually the switch inside the key slot that allows power to flow to the multi-function display unit.
If the switch is dirty, it may not operate correctly, thus sending an intermittent current to the display unit.
It is for this reason that this problem appears when switching the car on or off. The ignition switch causes the problem as the key moves in and out of the ignition.
An alternative solution is to check whether the dome light is working. If it is not, then check the fuse.
A blown fuse can affect the operation of the display. Replacing it can possibly save you wasting time and money trying to get the problem fixed at the dealership.
Honda CRV Clock Not Keeping Time
While not a safety issue, it can be most annoying when your clock does not keep very accurate time.
A Honda CRV clock not keeping time is most likely due to a faulty battery. Generation 4 and prior vehicles should have a battery load test done to check the state of charge. Generation 5 vehicles get their time signals from the GPS, so you should check the aerial wiring and signal strength.
It is common for the problem to occur when switching your car on, only to see that the time is no longer correct.
You should also check your system settings to make sure that the car is set up for the time zone you are in as that can affect the time displayed.
Honda CRV Clock Not Updating
There is a problem that recently surfaced in January 2022. Honda vehicles suffered from a software issue that affects the system’s ability to maintain the correct time and date.
If your Honda CRV clock is not updating, then you may be the victim of a bug that has affected vehicles manufactured between 2004 and 2012. Sat-Nav usually updates the time accurately. But there is currently an issue that started on 1 January 2022 that resets the time and date, back to 2002.
Despite Honda being aware of the problem, they do not as yet have a solution. The company responded to complaints by assuring customers that their technical department is working on a solution.
Honda CRV Clock Resets Every Time Start Car
Many vehicle owners experience problems with their clocks resetting every time they switch the vehicle on.
If your Honda CRV clock resets when you start the car, then the problem is most likely your battery. This is common in generation 4 and earlier models. If the battery cannot supply sufficient power to the clock, it will lose time or reset, as there is no internal battery to maintain the memory.
To narrow down the problem, test the battery under load. Checking the voltage while running the air-conditioner and switching the headlights on can reveal a failed battery.
The battery voltage, with the engine running, should lie between 13.7 and 14.7V. While you should see a reading of 12.6 volts when the engine is off.
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