When the clock or autometer on the vehicle's instrument panel stops working, it's time to get it changed by buying a good replacement. This gauge should not be overlooked as it monitors the engine's air and fuel pressure, making it vital for driving. Luckily, installing this part is a piece of cake. And with the help of the perfect replacement component as well as the right set of tools, you'll surely be done with the repairs in no time. Here's a brief and general guide that will teach you the basics of installing a brand-new electronic autometer. Note that some of the steps below may not be applicable or may vary depending on your vehicle's make and model. To be on the safe side, always consult your vehicle's manual for proper guidance.
How to Replace a Vehicle's Old and Busted Clock
Replacing an old autometer is really easy and it won't take much if your time. Below is a quick guide to help you start the job.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Tools that you'll need:
- Rotary tool
- Circular electrical connector
Step 1: Before you begin, make sure that your vehicle is parked at a flat-level surface in an area that's conducive for working.
Step 2: Once the vehicle is secure, disconnect the negative cable of the battery to protect yourself from accidentally getting electrocuted.
Step 3: As soon as the negative cable is taken out, disconnect the old and busted autometer from the instrument panel by carefully removing its mounting hardware.
Step 4: When the old clock is out of the picture, mount the new one and use its mounting brackets and hardware to secure it in place. Make sure that the component is not haphazardly attached to make it function seamlessly.
Step 5: After that, locate the negative terminal at the back of the component and attach a 20-gauge wire onto it and attach the opposite end of the wire to an engine ground.
Step 6: Next, locate the positive terminal, which is also at the back of the clock and attach the second wire onto it. And just like the previous step, attach the other end of the wire to an in-line fuse that constantly provides 12 volts of power.
Step 7: Once everything is in place, set the clock by pushing and turning the set knob to reflect the current time.
Step 8: After setting the time, set the knob to the out position to ensure that it functions properly.
Step 9: As soon as the component is securely installed and set, reconnect the negative battery cable to see if it works.
How to Take Care of a Vehicle's Clock
Overtime, the components of your vehicle will inevitably get dirty regardless of whether they are in or out of the ride. This means that the clock or autometer won't be spared from getting filthy and grimy. Since the lens of this component is usually made of acrylic plastic, you need to be careful when wiping it to avoid causing scratches on its surface. To clean it, use soft cloth that's been dabbed in mild, soapy water and wipe it gently.