How To Change Your Volkswagen Clock

November 1st, 2016 by

How to change the clock in my VW

How to Change Your Volkswagen Clock

This year we set our clocks back on November 5th at 2am. This means remembering to change all the clocks manually; something that most of us often forget. The twice-yearly routine of changing the clocks was enacted by Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, the times have been altered through the years, but as of 2021 daylight time begins in most of the U.S. on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

Do you remember how to change the time on your clock?

If not, follow these easy steps:

1. Make sure the car ignition is on.

2. Press “Menu” or “Clock” button located on your VW instruments.

3. Locate the “0.0/Set” button on your instrument panel.

4. Press the “0.0/Set” button to advance the time by one hour.

5. Repeat step 4 until the hour is correct on your instrument clock.

6. Press the “Menu” or “Lock” button. This will allow you to adjust the minutes on your instrument clock.

7. Now, press the “0.0/Set” button to advance the minutes.

8. Press the “0.0/Set” button until the minutes are correct on the clock.

9. At this point, your clock should display the correct time. You don’t need to press any additional buttons to exit this mode.


Here are some other interesting facts on Daylight Saving time:

  • Benjamin Franklin first suggested the idea of daylight-saving time in 1784, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. The idea got renewed attention in 1907 when Englishman William Willett proposed a similar system in a pamphlet called “The Waste of Daylight.”
  • Standard time was not made the law of the land until the Act of March 19, 1918, also called the Standard Time Act. The Act also created daylight-saving time.
  • Daylight-saving time proved to be a controversial issue and was repealed in 1919, but standard time stayed intact.
  • Daylight-saving time was reinstated early in World War II, and was used year-round from Feb. 9, 1942, until Sept. 30, 1945. After the war ended its use varied among states and cities.
  • In the Northern Hemisphere, our days will get progressively shorter until the winter solstice, which falls on Dec. 21 at 5:03 p.m. CDT.
  • Daylight-saving time begins again on Sunday, March 13, 2022.

When you adjust the time on your instrument panel, your Volkswagen will simultaneously adjust the time on your vehicle display screen. If you follow the above steps, you’ll reset the time throughout the entire vehicle at one time. Again, refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual as the best guide for resetting your clock or other routine maintenance. If you run into any unexpected problems or have questions, be sure to schedule an appointment with a trained service technician at Bill Jacobs Volkswagen in Naperville. We’ll be more than happy to assist you by setting your clock as well as performing any other necessary maintenance on your vehicle.

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