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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-28-2018, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Analog clock in 1997 Esprit

(duplicate post, sorry) I donít have an ownerís guide, and internet searches only pertain to digital dash clocks. Can anyone tell me how to set the analog clock? There is not a typical knob for setting (unless mine is broken off?).

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-30-2018, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Setting the clock

My 1997 has an analog clock in the dash. Without an Ownerís Guide I canít figure out how to set the time. Can anyone help with instructions?
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Sorry about the glare on the clock face - the only visible sign of a potential control is the small button(?) at about 5:30. I canít find anything on the internet about setting this clock, but I have seen photos of other 1997 dash panels with the same clock and same button, so I donít think it is just the broken shaft of a twist knob.
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Can you disconnect battery till right time and reconnect?

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Have you tried pushing that button? I don't know about this clock but I've seen others like it where you push and hold the button until it advances to the correct time. Watch you don't go past it as it only goes one way and it will be a long way around again.
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Solved. I had tried a quick push to see if it seemed to activate something (it didnít), the push and hold (also no luck). I tried these approaches with the car running and with the car off but the key in the ACC position. All to no avail.

It is always the last thing you try, though, isnít it? Pressing and holding the button with the key in the fully off position did it. Short push for one minute at a time, longer push for ďfast forward.Ē

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Solved. I had tried a quick push to see if it seemed to activate something (it didnít), the push and hold (also no luck). I tried these approaches with the car running and with the car off but the key in the ACC position. All to no avail.

It is always the last thing you try, though, isnít it? Pressing and holding the button with the key in the fully off position did it. Short push for one minute at a time, longer push for ďfast forward.Ē

Thanks for the suggestions.
Just got my first Lotus, a 1997 Esprit V8. Also donít have an ownerís manual and was trying to figure this out. See the picture. Are you saying the hole in the plastic at the 4:30 position should be lined up with the little hole at 5:30 in the clock, and thereís should be a little push button going thru both holes? So this will be fun for me to try and set the time correctly.
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Are you saying the hole in the plastic at the 4:30 position should be lined up with the little hole at 5:30 in the clock
Looks that way, from the pictures above. (Post 3 seems to show the hole @ 5:30) Then push the teensie button inside, as noted a couple posts up.

@Sanj has binnacle top-cover removal instructions on his website, if you cannot just turn the glass face by rotating it with a suitable screwdriver inserted into the hole.


But, I just tried to supply the link, and got the message "Earthlink Personal Pages are being migrated". Got a working address, @Sanj ?

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Yep, just push the little button in and hold it. The clock will start moving and just stop when it's correct. I have a 'stiff' wire twist tie that I keep in the console just for this. Using a bread tie as a 'special tool ' is very 'Lotus' as it is almost to flimsy to work but just does.

And if the hole in the glass does not match up with the hole in the clock face you should be able to turn the glass to get it to align.

Funny thing, when I got my 1997 there was a blanking plate where the clock is supposed to be. Figured my car hadn't gotten some optional gauge or something. Anyway, I was working on some other 'non-working' Lotus bits once and had the unfortunate task of removing the binnacle. Once I got it apart, guess what I found rolling around inside? Yep, the clock!!!! Didn't ever think it was still functional, but it was. The PO tried to tighten the bracket to tight and pulled the clock from the bezel and instead of repairing it they just left inside and put a blank cover in the hole.

I put it all back together with a little superglue and mounted it back in. Once I figured out how to set the time it has been one of the things on the car that actually works!!!
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So this has been driving me crazy, because I still couldn't set the analog clock following the instructions above. I stumbled upon a critical piece of information you all left out. THE DOORS NEED TO BE CLOSED!!! If the driver door is open (did not test passenger door), you still can't set the clock even if the key in the correct position in the ignition. After you close the door, then it works like a charm.

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That doesn't make sense. The clock is not wired into the door light circuit so how would it know if the door is open or closed? Probably more like the voltage of the battery was low and having the door open and the light on was enough to keep you from setting the clock.
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That doesn't make sense. The clock is not wired into the door light circuit
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That doesn't make sense. The clock is not wired into the door light circuit so how would it know if the door is open or closed? Probably more like the voltage of the battery was low and having the door open and the light on was enough to keep you from setting the clock.
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Brand new 5yr battery installed 2 weeks ago, so that's not it. But something associated to the door being open is definitely preventing clock adjustment.
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Here's a silly question....Does the clock run with the doors open?
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Solved. I had tried a quick push to see if it seemed to activate something (it didnít), the push and hold (also no luck). I tried these approaches with the car running and with the car off but the key in the ACC position. All to no avail.

It is always the last thing you try, though, isnít it? Pressing and holding the button with the key in the fully off position did it. Short push for one minute at a time, longer push for ďfast forward.Ē

Thanks for the suggestions.
It is always the last thing - since that worked, why would you keep trying stuff?

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