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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:13 PM
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Why would my car's clock keep losing time?
It's done this three or four times now. It's not a gradual thing - I know because I look at it every time I go to work and it always matches my watch. When it's off, it's off by a lot - 15 minutes to two hours - and it's slow, not fast. At first I thought it was happening when I got it washed - that one of the workers accidentally hit the buttons when cleaning the interior. But that would probably have set it forward, not back.

I'm mystified - it's a new car and everything else works fine. And it's not a big deal - it only happens now and then but I want to know why!
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:13 PM
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1. Driving at the speed of light will do that
/Einstein
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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:14 PM
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2. Wormholes.
Take the long way home, I tell you! Don't go over the Einstein-Rosen bridge.

:hi:
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:15 PM
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4. You guys!
Yer killin' me! :rofl:
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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:19 PM
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5. DS1 started!
Actually, I just saw his post after I made mine. Spooky.

Heh heh.

:hi:
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:15 PM
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3. Maybe you have a loose connection, terminal to battery.
Might want to tighten your terminals, just to be sure that's not what it is.
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libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 07:24 PM
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28. Maddy, could be right
I was losing time and it WAS the battery. By the time i took the car in something had messed up the alternatator. $400.00 later my clock was working fine. :(
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:21 PM
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6. Car clocks are notoriously unreliable
Particularly if they're analog.

I took mine out years ago and replaced it with a vacuum gauge, and more recently a tachometer. My stereo has a clock, and either I'm wearing a watch or I'm not concerned with time. :shrug:
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:25 PM
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7. Interesting
I may never have noticed because I was always driving old pieces of crap and expected things not to work. LOL

That's probably all there is to it - and it doesn't really matter since I wear a watch. I just hate not knowing why things are the way they are. :P

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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:31 PM
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8. Wow wow wow,
don't believe this guy -->

He just uses you for cheap jokes!
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:34 PM
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9. I'll have you know I pay a great deal for my humor
It's cost me many friends. :blush:
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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:36 PM
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10. Really? Perhaps they were not 'friends' in the first place.
I just adore your humor. I think we could have some good laughs together, until all our 'freinds' run away, screaming.

But hey, they're no fun anymore! :rofl:

:pals:
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:38 PM
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11. Oh, hey, he's the only one here who ever gets my humor!
Here's a photo of us together -

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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:45 PM
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12. He's melting now. ;)
Edited on Fri Feb-10-06 04:53 PM by Call Me Wesley
BTW, which one is you? :rofl:
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:49 PM
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13. I'm the intelligent looking one, of course
Jeez.... :eyes:
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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:56 PM
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14. Oh, sorry!


Yes, it's a long way from car clocks to Monty Python, but we'll do it!

Changing thread topics since 2005.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 04:58 PM
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15. You need to buy higher octane.
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 05:01 PM
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16. For my clock?!
Nope. I'll wear a watch.
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 05:01 PM
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17. You are being abducted by aliens.
Lost time is a common symptom.
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 05:02 PM
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18. Ding, ding, ding!
Of course! Makes perfect sense and I should have known that - I just started watching X-Files on DVD. Duh! :silly:
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 05:05 PM
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19. Now you need to go through deep hypnosis
to recover your repressed memories.

You are getting very sleeeeeeeeeeeepy.

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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 05:07 PM
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20. Mmmmmm..... I see a light........
A bright light...... And a figure coming out of the light...... It's.... it's......

AAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 05:10 PM
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21. LOL!
Wouldn't that have made a great X-Files spoof episode? Like "Jose Chung's From Outer Space."


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LSdemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 05:11 PM
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22. Feds bugged your car
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enigami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 05:21 PM
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23. Alien Abduction
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 07:30 PM
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30. Very strange, do you get sleepy when this happens?

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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 05:22 PM
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24. have you been driving in reverse alot?
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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 05:23 PM
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25. Well, yes
But my odometer is still moving forward. :grr:
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 05:25 PM
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26. odometers are a scam
Edited on Fri Feb-10-06 05:27 PM by leftofthedial
trust the clock


edit: spurious hickey thingy
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Throd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 05:51 PM
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27. Check the license plate frame...
...it could be a little loose, creating vibrations which impact the clock.
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 07:27 PM
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29. Call up the dealer and ask them.
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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 07:59 PM
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31. Electronic clocks use crystals to keep accurate time.
The piezo-electric effect, add physical pressure to a crystal and it emits electricity,add electricity and you get physical pressure (the crystal will vibrate at a certain frequency). Your crystal is defective. If you lost power to your clock it would reset to 12:00,not lose time.
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