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Old 03-01-2016, 01:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2004 Chevy Optra (aka Forenza)

My digital clock works, but loses about 5-minutes per day.
Is there a fix for this?
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2004 Chevy Optra (aka Forenza)

My digital clock works, but loses about 5-minutes per day.
Is there a fix for this?
First of all, I like the user name!


Electric clocks depend on an internal oscillator that keeps it's frequency based on a number of factors including component quality, ambient temperature and the input voltage to the device.

Of those three, you might be able to deal with the input voltage by checking to see if your battery is about to fail. Other signs of battery failure are dim lighting and hard starting on a cold day.

If you have a good battery, then the other two factors come into play. I mentioned ambient temperature only because it let me present three choices. That leaves component quality...

"Component quality" means it is time to replace the clock because it is pointless to try to fix (or have fixed) a 13-year-old electronic device that was not designed for serviceability...

Time to get a new clock (at a salvage yard?), a wristwatch or a new car...



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My clock wasn't keeping time, so I took it out of the dash, unplugged it from the harness,. and opened it up.
I was hoping to find something on the printed-circuit board; but nothing, no burnt-out components, no solder-problems. All looked fine.
So I plugged the clock back in to the harness, and reinstalled it in the dash.

Now it keeps time!!
I'm guessing that just unplugging and replugging it did the trick. There must have been a loose or dirty connection.
That was easy!
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...and there you have it.

Many times problems are solved by just doing something - anything.

The Internet can be the worst place to go for help because even the most helpful can have a "DB" day. Apparently, for me, it was may 3, 2016.


My apologies for that.

I still think you have a cool username!
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well its correct twice a day!

ive seen the digital clocks online very inexpensive, maybe just a swap?
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