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    1. Member Moljinar's Avatar
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      04-24-2006 09:58 AM #1
      Those of us with digital clock in our dash clusters (and that would most of us with Mk2 dashes) have the capability to have a 24 hour military time style readout. Some have it normally and would prefer the 12.
      I think I've figured out how to change them.
      The first pic shows the clock removed from the dash and the readout removed from the clock so only the circuit board remains. Looking VERY closely at the circuit board you'll see two solder pads with the labels 12H and 24H next to them. (shown here on the left)

      The 12H pads on this one are shorted out by a circuit trace. The 24H is not. To change the clock from 12 to 24 simply cut the 12 hour trace where shown with an Exacto knife and solder across the 24 pads. If you wanted to get fancy you could solder in a switch to change back and forth.

      I am still wondering why these cars have this option since I am not aware of any countries that use 24 hour time. However the popularity of VWs with the American military stationed in Germany might explain it. And many of those got shipped back home.

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      04-24-2006 12:56 PM #2
      Oran,

      It's about time this information was released! (groan... pun intended).
      My cluster is due for removal soon for other repairs, I'm up for this!
      I'm rusty on the fit of the clock in the cluster, does the clock have to come out of the cluster as shown for this mod, or can the clock be left in place?
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    4. 04-24-2006 02:02 PM #3
      that is awesome...great work!!
      thanks for the info... i am down for doing this also!

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      04-24-2006 02:08 PM #4
      so what seems to be the norm, 12 or 24 hr format?
      Mines 24 hr and that's just the way I like it.
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      04-24-2006 03:02 PM #5
      Clock must be pulled out but it's no big deal after you've gone thru all the usual mess to get the cluster out.
      I should add that I haven't tested this myself yet but it should work. I've run into this design a million times.
      I'm still trying to figure out why they did it

    7. 04-24-2006 03:09 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by speedtek40 »
      so what seems to be the norm, 12 or 24 hr format?
      Mines 24 hr and that's just the way I like it.

      +1
      although, I don't care, as long as it tells time.

    8. 04-24-2006 03:54 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by Moljinar »
      I think I've figured out how to change them.

      you think?? lol
      That would be really cool if my clock even worked in the first place!

    9. 04-24-2006 05:00 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by Moljinar »
      I am still wondering why these cars have this option since I am not aware of any countries that use 24 hour time. However the popularity of VWs with the American military stationed in Germany might explain it. And many of those got shipped back home.

      It's not unusual for digital time to be shown as the 24hr format in Europe. It's not spoken in that way but it is often shown. If you look at schedules in Europe and the UK they are often printed in the 24 hr format. With many languages it is a universal format where AM and PM are not. I believe it is becoming more common in Canada as well.

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      04-24-2006 07:53 PM #9
      Yeah well they'll have to pry my watch of my cold dead wrist before I'll give in! next thing you know they'll want us to start measuirng in kilometers.

    11. 04-24-2006 10:19 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by Moljinar »
      Yeah well they'll have to pry my watch of my cold dead wrist before I'll give in! next thing you know they'll want us to start measuirng in kilometers.

      lol, I wish we would just give in and use metric! its so simple!!! [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] I'm glad my car german!

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      02-04-2007 11:42 PM #11
      April to February, took me long enough to get a round tuit.
      I get my '92 Moto Meter cluster apart, down to the clock board, only to find this.........







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    13. 02-05-2007 12:07 AM #12
      Hmmm...I never gave that 12/24 hour option much thought. The Canadian model cabby I have has the 12 or 24 hour (military time) option. I never knew U.S. versions were limited to the 12 hr version.

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      02-05-2007 12:14 AM #13
      Whenever I unhook my battery and hook it back up it goes into 24hr time, so...dunno. But when i try to set it it goes back.
      Hmm....a switch...hehe
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      02-05-2007 05:30 AM #14
      lol

    16. 02-05-2007 06:59 AM #15
      My clock is on 12 hour time I think... Both in the Mk1 and Mk3... Me being Military I could care less if it was 24 hour or 12 because there both ingraved into my brain...
      I have an american spec cab does that make a diff?

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      02-05-2007 08:37 AM #16
      its been some while since I edited the FAQ..... I think its time to go in there
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      08-29-2008 11:34 PM #17
      bump

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