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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Setting the Jeep Clock

Setting the Jeep Clock
The clock on my Jeep is a pain to set.  It requires simultaneous button pushing and knob twisting.  I suppose if I had to reset the clock every week, I would learn how to do it with little effort.  As it is, it is a giant pain in the ass.
My solution is I just never change it.  The time in my Jeep is either on the money, or one hour fast.  If it is fast, it will be on the money when it comes time to spring forward.  Problem solved.
Last week I took the Jeep in for service.  Whatever they did, required taking off the battery cables.  When all was done and I went home, I realized my clock was 25 minutes slow.
When the clock was off by an hour, I immediately knew to subtract an hour.  With the clock 25 minutes slow, it was not so obvious that the time was off, beyond that, it is easy to subtract an hour in your head.  Adding 25 minutes is not rocket science, but It is mentally clumsy.
OK, I’m not too bright.
So, I had to adjust the clock.  Being a guy, I would not consult the directions for such a mundane simple process.  I pushed and twisted every combination of buttons and knobs I could, all without success.  I finally got so aggravated that I pulled out the owner’s manual and looked up “clock.”
The instructions were simple enough:
“Push in the button that says ‘clock’ until the hour blinks, then twist the control knob on the right until you reach the hour you want.  To adjust the minute, push the control knob.”
Easy enough, except every time I twisted the control knob, the hour stopped blinking but did not change.  I pushed, twisted and cursed for about 20 minutes.  “Holy Hannah!” How could adjusting the time on a clock be so friggin difficult.  I assumed it was just broken and I gave up.
When I came in the house, Mrs. C noticed the vein in my temple pulsating and asked what was the matter.  I explained the clock adjustment process was broken.
“It’s not broken, you just don’t know how to do it.”
“I even read the directions.”
“You still don’t know how to do it.”
“It’s Impossible, I did everything they say to do and then some…it does not work.”
“I’ll be right back.”
Mrs. Cranky was back in five minutes.
“I set it ahead exactly one hour, that way in April it will be on the money.”
“How did you do it?”
“What’s the difference, you’ll only forget by the time you need to ever change it?”
Good point. 
I think I’ll give her a five-year extension on our marriage contract.


  1. I have the same problem. How hard can it be, right? But somehow I push when I should pull, twist left instead of right...Grrrr! I was STILL figuring things out on my old car after 9 years before I gave it to my daughter. Probably one of those old dog / new trick things.

  2. Was the same with the clock in my old car. Frustrating, I agree.

  3. It's things like this that make me regret sending my boys to college. I am at a technological disadvantage while they're away. I don't have a Mrs. C.

  4. I drove 2 jeeps as a teenager and I remember several screaming matches with my mother over changing the clock (because I just couldn't bloody figure it out and for some reason she thinks that because I am a Young Person I automatically know how to do such things).

    Pretty sure my mechanic messes with the car on purpose because every time it comes back, something weird has changed and I have no clue how to fix it. Last week, for example, my speedometer had been changed from miles to kilometers. I nearly had a heart attack thinking I was going 90 MPH in a sort of residential neighbourhood.

  5. Good for Mrs. Cranky for fixing the problem :) It can be complicated to figure out how to change the time in vehicles. Guess that is one advantage to living in a state that doesn't do Daylight Savings Time :)


  6. You probably forgot to hold down the 'clock' button while turning the knob. The directions didn't say 'push in and hold' did they?
    So blame the book, not yourself. Unless it did say 'push and hold' and you didn't. Of course, if you DID, then I don't know what went wrong.

  7. Have to admit to being a genius when it comes to following instructions. Yes! Hubby could never change the time on the clock in his car, so I had to do it for him. I don't excel at anything else...

  8. It causes me the same issue every six months.

  9. I'm the same. I just leave the time alone and for half a year it's correct and the other half, well, I wear a watch.

  10. Ah, yes, the universal Chrysler dashboard. My granddaughters have to set the clock in my car. What ever happened to the little hole and the ball point pen clock?

  11. Oh this sounds familiar, except it's hubby that does the clock setting. I'm going to extend our marriage contract another five years too. Too funny.

    Have a fabulous day, Joe. My best to Mrs. Cranky. ☺

  12. I bought an after-market radio/CD player for my car, and the clock is one of the biggest aggravations in my life. You'd think that there'd be some sort of button on the thing that says something like 'clock' or 'time'. . . but you'd be wrong. I looked at the manual when I first got it, and it was some arcane sequence of pushing button L4 while holding down the 'band' button during a full moon. . . And of course, who the heck keeps track of the owner's manual for their car radio? So the next time I had to reset the clock, it was completely hopeless. So I'm like the rest of y'all now, and during the winter months, the clock on the radio is an hour fast. . .

  13. I can set it (with the manual)!!

  14. I have done that mental hour adjustment for years. Next time I'm in Jersey, do you suppose Mrs. C could give mine a shot?

  15. I'm terrible at setting and dealing with electronics. I can barely change the channel on my car radio.

  16. At least mine has a labeled button. Why won't all car manufacturers do that?

  17. I have to use a like a pin head to set my clock and my radio stations. Seems everytime I get serviced, they too, take out the battery and I am left with the wrong time(off by a few hours) and I can't find my stations. Makes me mad.

  18. I definitely think that Mrs. C deserves that five-year extension!

    I have the same issues with my car's clock. Twice a year I have to fumble with it. And then I have to make sure it's 9 minutes fast. I need my clock to be nine minutes fast. Don't ask. But I haven't been late to work in like 25 years.

  19. But can you figure out how to do the five year extension?

  20. I'm right there with you. And I haven't changed the clock on my stove for years either. I'm afraid I'll inadvertently turn on the self-cleaning oven. lol

  21. I have a theory. I think all those who write owner's manuals get stoned out of their heads before sitting down to write the instructions.

  22. Ugh. I had the same problem when I got a new battery for my vehicle. My clock is a pain to set as well. I just look at my phone and call it good. :)


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