In this article, you can see how to change the time on a Renault Clio.
We’ll be showing this example on a 2000 Renault Clio Mk 2 but the basic principle can perhaps be applied to other models.
Besides this, you can also watch a YouTube video at the end of this article or on our YouTube channel.
HOW TO CHANGE THE TIME ON A RENAULT CLIO?
1. TURN ON THE IGNITION
First, turn on the ignition. Not the engine just the ignition.
Without the ignition on, setting the clock is not possible.
2. FIND THE PLASTIC STALK ON THE ODOMETER
You’ll see a plastic stalk rising from the odometer, It’s located on the right lower side just under the speedometer and beside the oil warning light.
This stalk can be moved two ways: it can be pressed inwards, towards the odometer, and turned to the right side.
Pressing it inwards will reset the trip distance while turning it to the right will engage the time change on the clock.
3. TURN THE STALK CLOCKWISE
Turn the stalk clockwise until you feel a slight click under your fingers and hold it there for a couple of seconds.
Here is important not to use too much force so you don’t accidentally damage the mechanism.
After this, you’ll see the first digit (for hours) start blinking. This is a sure sign that you’ve accessed the time-changing menu.
For accessing minutes, turn the stalk again. In order to accurately set the minutes, you’ll have to click through twice, for every digit.
4. PRESS THE STALK UNTIL YOU SET THE WANTED DIGIT
Once you’ve chosen minutes or hours and they start blinking, press the stalk until the digits reach the wanted number.
One press of the stalk gets one number up. Press until you reach the wanted digit.
5. CLICK TO THE RIGHT THROUGH ALL THE DIGITS UNTIL THEY STOP BLINKING
The setting goes from hours to minutes. So, once you’ve set the hours, click through the minutes.
When you’re finished, the clock will return to its normal view and the blinking will stop.
Learning how to change the time on a Renault Clio (or on other cars for that matter) will sooner or later come in handy.
A situation will come up that will cause this problem. For instance, the battery may go flat. Maybe you’ll have to make some repairs that demand taking off the battery clamp. If nothing else, there’s going to be a daylight saving time change.
Whatever the reason, knowing this will enable you to set the clock in a matter of minutes and always have the correct time in your car.
This doesn’t seem that important in this electronic era where we are literally surrounded by clocks all the time, from watches to smartphones.
But still, a lot of people have the habit of tracking time by looking at the clock in their car and it’s very annoying when it’s not set properly.
One more thing for the end: whatever car you drive, the procedure for changing the time is more or less the same.
It resembles old-school digital watches that have a few basic menus that are accessed through clicking one main button.
For instance, the Skoda Fabia has basically the same principle. If you’re interested to see it, you can read the article and see the video tutorial by clicking here.
In more modern cars, the time change is mostly done through accessing the multimedia system but that’s another story.
Written by: Sibin Spasojevic
Former car technician, life-long car and DIY enthusiast, author for Despairrepair.com
HOW TO CHANGE THE TIME ON A RENAULT CLIO? YOUTUBE VIDEO