Introduction: Stuck Clock Button & Blown Light on a 2001 Accord

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Clock on friends car never worked. Can't see at night and the hour adjust button is stuck in !

Step 1: The Hour Adjust Button Is Stuck !

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Very annoying, hour keeps advancing every second ....

Step 2: Pry Open the Clock

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Slip a small screw driver around the clock perimeter, gently pry open the tabs and slip out the clock.

Step 3: Disconnect the Electricals

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Squeeze the tabs down and pull out the connectors for hazard light and clock

Step 4: Remove Hazard Light Switch

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I knew ahead there's gonna be small, delicate electronics, so might as well remove the switch for more room. Simply squeeze the tabs in and push the switch out

Step 5: Remove the Clock Backing

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Use same small screw driver and pry open the four tabs

Step 6: Remove the IC Board & Blub

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Four screws held down very tight ! The grey bulb just pushes right out

Step 7: Now Solder a Resistor & LED

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My son did this part: We tested on multi-meter that center lead is for instrument consoles. Solider 2" wire to them, add a resistor to step it down to 3V

Step 8: Bend the LED

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Theres absolutely no room with cover on,so we notch the side and bend the LED back in. Test to ensure light goes on only when rest of instrument lights.

Step 9: Remove & Clean Bottoms

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With the IC board tested, pop out the 3 buttons and clean with water/alcohol swabs

Step 10: Put Everything Back

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The IC board needs to be tight against the conducting rubber. I needed a vice grip for extra torque

Step 11: Test Everything Again

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Make sure clock and light works before popping things back in reverse order.


Phil B (author)2013-05-17

Although I do not drive a Honda, I really appreciate Instructables like this that help people with real problems.

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