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Old 06-22-2009, 12:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi

I have a chevy epica 2004

Lately the dashboard digital clock started randomly to turn off. At least the display, because when it came back, it was ok time wise. Couple a days ago went off for good and now I'm trying to see if is a damaged clock or something else (electric) that powers up the clock.

Any experience in this area?

Also related to electric system another question. The same style, randomly, the day lights are shutting off, but this is happening quite rare, maybe 2-3 times a year, and only when I'm entering in the underground parking. Is there a senzor that is damaged?

Thank you in advance for answers
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Seems like my clock comes and goes

But meanwhile the check engine lights are on, I got a usb scanner from ebay and the results are like in the attached picture (I didn't find anything on the net about the code P3100 - Chevrolet Epica 2004)

Any ideas?
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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As you sad thet clock doesnot reset then the always on line from batt+(30) is OK, the power from 15C(when you give ACC with key) is the problem one. The third is when you turn light on and it dimms light in clock.(58).

The problem could be in some conector(bad contact) like c203(pin 2), C201(pin 12), C224(pin 8). Or the fuse F15 10a bad contact.

For running light, check ISU unit and\or baterry saver reley becouse they control lights turning off for saving baterry. Did you meen running light (H1 55W in headlights) or daylights(like foglights)? Anyway it is probably mechanical bad contact or water in some part, so when car is tilted(like entering garage) the light come off.
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Thank you Oggy for your detailed answer.. probably is a bad contact, I will try to check everything from your diagram (I think the connector for the clock is behind the dashboard, so I have to find a way to get there). About the lights, I am in Canada and here the cars have by default Day Ligths. When you make contact, right away the lights are on, now I don't know which ones. Anyway, lately this incident is not happening anymore so the bad contact theory is very reasonable.



I like this car, but it has small problems that are keeping me from being really happy with it.
These days I have some kind of noise (sounds like a small engine, like a small plane) and it starts when the speed is over 40km/h. No matter the speed (over 40) the noise has almost the same level. I was thinking fuel pump, but that should start the noise even when I am in parking position and accelerating. Or not? There is no check engine light on and no changes in behaviour of the car.
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First. Motors with constant speed are, fuel pump, vent motor(if you turnit on), and radiator vents. All 3 can be started with speed less then 40.
So it is probably some part connected directly to the motor, but from some reason if it turn to fast it start making sound(probably ready to be replaced), like alternator, water pump, oil pump, A\C(when on)...itc.
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some updates about my problems

in the end the clock was actually damaged (faulty diode, I know, kind of strange that it went damaged in steps ). the difficult part was to open the dashboard to get the clock out


and the "engine" noise was actually a bearing on the right wheel hub - this cost me $550 (300 the piece, the rest labour)

and lately the ABS and TCS lights are on a lot

no dull moments with this car
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hi MSDAN,
yup, it's those small things that will get ya Peed off, not that the wheel bearing was small .. I too have the Epica04, and at 46,000km it has been a dream to drive . Even have lots of tread on the original tires ... but thats just my very lite foot rather than great Hankook tires . which are just no good in rain... Anyway, have Toyota on order so it sounds like it is a smart move to trade in b4 problems happen.
Best of luck to ya,
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Good Afternoon msdan,

How did you manage to open the dash to get to the clock? Last year I bought a 2004 Verona and about last month the digital clock goes off after 15 second when I turn on the car.

Also, I am interested as where did you but the digital clock for your car?

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Good Afternoon msdan,

How did you manage to open the dash to get to the clock? Last year I bought a 2004 Verona and about last month the digital clock goes off after 15 second when I turn on the car.

Also, I am interested as where did you but the digital clock for your car?

Thank you,
Ray
Hi Ray

Honestly I will not try again to open the dashboard.. I unscrewed everything that I could see and I "squeezed" inside my hand to unscrew the clock (the dashboard was still hanging in its place, just started to move apart a bit)... I almost teared apart the dashboard on the clock side.. I didn't buy another clock, I found a bad diode in mine and replaced it (same symptoms like yours)

If the clock will break again I will leave it like it is (the only downside to it is the cosmetic look of the dashboard)
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Hi Ray

Honestly I will not try again to open the dashboard.. I unscrewed everything that I could see and I "squeezed" inside my hand to unscrew the clock (the dashboard was still hanging in its place, just started to move apart a bit)... I almost teared apart the dashboard on the clock side.. I didn't buy another clock, I found a bad diode in mine and replaced it (same symptoms like yours)

If the clock will break again I will leave it like it is (the only downside to it is the cosmetic look of the dashboard)
Good Morning msdan,

I really appreciate your advise. I am not going to touch it based on your experience. May be I should buy a clock and stick over it.

Thank you,
Ray

(I have to say that I did not do my homework before purchasing the car. )
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