Update: As of August 17, owners are reporting their time’s are self-correcting, but not their dates. (see our blog post about it linked here.) Per their clock repair procedure, if your date does not self-correct there’s no solution to that.

Visit DidHondaFixTheClocks.com to see/download the clock repair procedure.

Honda and Acura owners around the world are reporting, as of the New Year, their date and time are incorrect, dates are stuck on January 1, 2002, and they can no longer manually or automatically adjust their time.

From what I’ve seen, Hondas and Acuras as old as 2004 are affected.

There are a handful of models not reporting any issues, including the latest generation of each model, 8th and 9th gen Honda Civics in the UK and 4th gen Honda CR-Vs.

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Here’s a photo from an Accord owner, date stuck on January 1, 2002.

Here are model-specific threads from owners discussing this world-wide issue.

Affected Honda and Acura owners report similar issues, their date, and time are wrong and no longer update automatically.

And, when owners do try to manually adjust time and date, their date reverts to a certain date in 2022 (often January 1, 2002) and time jumps back to a specific hour. Time shown on the navigation and stereo unit also do not match.

There’s evidence of model specific time problems. Honda Pilot owners seem to only report their time is off by one hour.

No firmware or DVD navigation update seems to work.

Pulling a battery cable or fuse to reset your system also does not work.

There is one case of a 2009 Honda Accord owner reporting their date and time appears unaffected, citing a navigation DVD update from 2016. If you’re affected, knowing this one case, I would not get my hopes up.

Honda and Honda dealerships are aware of the issue.

Official Honda Responses

CRV Owners Club is cataloging official responses from Honda. Currently, there are two.

Honda USA “We have escalated the NAVI Clock Issue to our Engineering Team and they have informed us that you will experience issue from Jan 2022 thru August 2022 and then it will auto-correct. Please be assured that we will continue to monitor this and will advise you if a fix is available before that time.”

Honda UK“We have just received some more information regarding this and were advised that the Honda technical department are currently working on this. Once there is a fix for this issue Honda authorized dealers will be made aware of it and will be able to assist with this at that point.

As such, it would be best to check with your local Honda authorized dealer for any updates as they would have the latest information for this and will be able to assist once the fix is released. They can also contact the Honda technical department for additional assistance with this if necessary.

Y2K22 Bug

The best explanation of what’s happening is from Drive Accord forum member Jacalar. After poking around in his Accord’s Navigation systm diagnostic menu, he discovered his GPS date was set 1024 weeks back, or May 19, 2002.

“This is actually a GPS Epoch issue,” Jacalar says. “Going into the “hidden” diagnostic menu on Sunday, I discovered the GPS date was now “May 19, 2002″. That date was exactly 1024 weeks ago (1024 = 2^10) We jumped forward an hour due to May being in daylight savings time.”

“Many GPS devices only work on a single 1024-week span and will no longer show an accurate date once the week count rolls over, regardless where that roll over falls,” 2012 Honda Accord HFP further clarified.

This has happened with Hondas before. On August 16, 2017, Honda owners reported their clocks zeroed out to 00:00.

One Honda Odyssey owner figured out his Odyssey’s clocked rolled back to January 1998.

Subtract 1024 weeks from August 17, 2017, and you get…January 1, 1998.

Honda eventually sent out free navigation update discs to affected owners after two months.

Likely an issue with the head unit

As mentioned by the above Honda CR-V owner, this is likely a coding issue that is head unit specific.

Honda and Acura head units are receiving the correct signals for date and time from GPS satellites or manual input and, due to a technicality of how date and time is digitally stored, cannot store a specific date and time past Dec 31, 2021.

Most likely, Honda is working with their head unit suppliers to come up with the best solution.

We’ll hear an update from Honda soon, as this is a global problem.

A fix may come in the form of a recall and updated discs, or as they mentioned, it will self-correct by August.

I’d also monitor forums, as unofficial fixes from affected owners are sure to come.

If you’re affected, hang tight and don’t count on relying on your Honda and Acura for the date and time for several months.

I encourage you to bookmark and visit DidHondaFixTheClocks.com for the latest information.

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95 COMMENTS

  1. 2012 Honda Ridgeline owner stuck on Jan. 1, 2002, time always 10:18 am when vehicle starts. List click in radio area completely… I had to let my dealership know about the situation after I called Honda. Dealership had no clue about issue.

  2. 2007 Honda CR-V Japan Built with Navi – same problem. It started with the time being off by 1 hr. Now, it has a wrong date and wrong time. Problem started since Jan1, 2022 😦
    No hope for repair as they no longer support 2007 GPS DVD updates. Too bad as this car runs so nice and as the first original owner I’m so used to that clock.

  3. 2007 Honda CR-V Japan Built with Navi – same problem. It started with the time being off by 1 hr. Now, it has a wrong date and wrong time. Problem started since Jan1, 2022 🙁
    No hope for repair as they no longer support 2007 GPS DVD updates. Too bad as this car runs so nice and as the first original owner I’m so used to that clock.

    • My 2006 Acura RL had a clock problem. Wouldn’t allow me to set the clock to the the proper time without going back to incorrect time when leaving SETUP. This worked for me after reading this in another post elsewhere. DON’T LAUGH!!!! IT WORKED!
      Disconnect the negative cable from the battery just before 12:00 noon & then reconnect the cable @ 12:00 noon. If that doesn’t work repeat the same process @ 1:00 p.m.
      12:00 did not work for me but 1:00 p.m. did! Don’t ask me cause it makes no sense to me other than the clock defaults to 12 or 1. I was at the point of popping out the display and have it fixed! Thought it had a bad connection that needed to be resoldered which saved me $$$$$$. Good luck

  4. The Int overflow explanation doesn’t make sense if it is going to self correct in August. The date then would still be over the maxint value. Must be something else going on

    • 2008 Honda Odyssey has the same issue. Unacceptable. They need to fix it. They have the engineers and technicians so everyone should contact their dealer and register the complaint. It looks like a manufacturing defect.

    • You’re correct. I’ve found a more plausible explanation and updated the blog post accordingly. Basically, date is broadcast, including a week number, in 10 binary digits. These digits count from 0 to 1023 then roll over on week 1024. If Honda’s head unit does not account for the rollover, it will revert to 1024 weeks in the past. Those reporting new calendar dates in 2002 is when the problem happened minus (roughly) 1024 weeks. Honda then solved the issue with a DVD Disc update. It might take at least two months.

      • This isn’t just an explanation it appears to be fact. Very good Sir! So I am curious as to how to get into the gps “hidden” menu and once there what if we backdate 6 months to account for the time it will take for the fix on this issue.

  5. My 2010 Honda Accord 2.2i-DTEC has this problelm too. A post on a UK Honda forum I use (see link below) suggests a fix is to disconnect the battery at 1.00pm, whereupon the time corrects itself.
    I tried just before 1pm, but reconnecting at 1pm didn’t work. Then I wondered whether it needed to be disconnected for longer, so I did it again and waited about 15 minutes before reconnecting.
    On switching on, the time showed as 1.00pm, and continued working as normal, but showed ~20minutes slow.
    So it appears that the timing is vital, and I’ll now have to wait until 1.00pm tomorrow to try again!
    What a faff!

    https://typeaccord.co.uk/board/threads/clock-an-hour-out-on-2-2-i-dtec-ex-gt-with-navigation.26388/

    • Actually that fix was to disconnect the battery no later than 12:45pm, preference is at 12:40pm wait until 1 pm and reconnect it, turn vehicle to on (not run/start) and it should fix it’s time. But this was something done back a few yrs ago for a previous similar issue, so it may not fix the issue.

      • I used this procedure to correct the time on my 11 Crosstour and it worked fine. I will have to do it again when DST is effective. It is nice to have to clock display correctly.

  6. Please report to your local news station. This needs traction to get resolved. I’m not waiting until August to adjust my clock

    • Report to your local news station, because they are going to make a news story out of it? I’ve got news for you … nobody cares about news of older Honda / Acura cars with a known time / date bug.

  7. My 2012 Honda Accord 2.2i-DTEC also has this problem. The clock updating but showing UK summer time and cannot be changed. The SatNav map display is working correctly except for the arrivaltime/elapsedtime option which cannot be changed from elapsed time to arrivaltime.

  8. I have an ’07 Acura TSX with Navi and I can’t change the clock manually. It’s stuck one hour ahead.
    I guess I can try to disconnect the battery at 1:00 and hope for the best. How frustrating!

  9. 2008 Acura TL with the exact same issue. It is absolutely ridiculous that a company like Acura is asking that it’s customers wait until the year is almost over for a fix to this global issue. Honda and Acura quality has substantially slipped in recent years but their prices have not ! VERY UNHAPPY CUSTOMER !!!

    • Honda’s new motto:
      Hey, even a broken clock is right once a decade, if you’re not happy then buy a new car (if you can find one).

      • Nasa told Mark Whatley in The Martian (movie) how to edit some hexadecimal in the rover. Honda / Acura should be able to tell us how to do that. So here we are b****ing about the clock on 18 – 20 year old cars out of warranty. But you would think 8 – 10 years after Y2K they would know how Not to make Y2K’ish bugs. Nobody thinks of the future.

  10. My 2012 Honda Accord 2.2i-DTEC also has this problem. The clock is ticking and updating but showing UK summertime and cannot be changed.
    The SatNav map display is working properly except for the arrival/elapsed time that shows elapsed time which cannot be changed to arrival time.

    • 2008 Honda CRV. It’s jan 1st 2002 at 1:00 everytime I start the car. How can we know when a fix will be available?

  11. 2010 RDX. I read to touch and hold two battery cables
    together (not connected of course) to reset some module.
    It does not work. August is a long time!

  12. 2008 Honda CRV. It’s jan 1st 2002 at 1:00 everytime I start the car. How can we know when a fix will be available?

  13. My 2013 Ridgeline also on Jan. 1, 2002 with wrong time. Could put up with the wrong date but really would like the correct time! Fix itself in August? So, we are to put up with it for 8 months?

  14. My 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid NAVI has the same issue. Every time I start the car, it goes to the 2002 date and 4:00 pm.

    Well, it’s right if I start my trip at 4:00 pm I guess. Waiting for the update.

  15. I have a Ridgeline 2010 and January 1st i encountered this issue, neither time or date are correct and can’t be corrected in any way. Tried everything and always thesame result, back to Jan 2002 and clocks from units didn’t match.

  16. 2008 Honda CRV EXL issue is present. Thank you for putting this out there, it has been completely frustrating; not happy a fix may not arrive until August

    • Same here. I spent more than an hour trying to fix this and going through Owner’s manual, Navi manual, all the buttons and options one by one…. Alas, my 2010 Cr-v is stuck on 4pm January 1st, 2002!!!! It’s driving me nuts as this clock is very important for my job! I can’t believe Honda will just wait till August for the issue to auto-resolve!!! Video games get their bugs adjusted way faster then 8 months!

  17. I have the same problem with my ’07 Acura RL: Date off by 1024 weeks and ahead one hour.

    Some thoughts – I like the theory that the clock offset is a result of May being under DST and so the car has sprung forward an hour.

    I don’t like the answer from Honda. I think it is wrong. It sounds to me that some panicked engineer said to themselves: “When will the clock ‘think’ DST is over?” and calculated a day in august was 1024 weeks ahead of hitting the end of DST in the car’s brain.

    But here are some problems:
    1) In the real world, something will happen in March when DST kicks in for real . . . and I expect the car will show correct time – until that date in august when the car thinks DST is over and it will be off by an hour in the opposite direction.

    2) This is going to bounce back and forth twice a year like this until they take some steps to fix it. And given that my 2007 GPS is not scheduled to have a NAV update past the last one that came out, this might never happen.

    3) If I’m correct on #1, no one at Honda has given sufficient thought about the actual problem to even start working on a fix.

  18. 2011 Honda CRV Alpine clock issue too. Got in my SUV on 1/3/22 clock read the date of May 20th an hour ahead. Thought the car battery was going bad but no cranking issues. Took it to a local Honda dealership to diagnose it. I had tried 3 times to change the month/date/time. I would not hold.
    After that the date read January 1, 2002. 3:00.
    The dealership was not aware of the issue and were frankly stumped. I researched the issue myself while sitting there and found the http://www.crvclub.com site and went and showed the service advisor! The diagnostic was going to cost me $146.00.
    Due to me solving my own problem they didn’t charge me anything and I educated them at the same time. Yay!

  19. 2011 Honda CRV Alpine clock issue too. Got in my SUV on 1/3/22 clock read the date of May 20th an hour ahead. Thought the car battery was going bad but no cranking issues. Took it to a local Honda dealership to diagnose it. I had tried 3 times to change the month/date/time. It would not hold.
    After that the date read January 1, 2002. 3:00.
    The dealership was not aware of the issue and were frankly stumped. I researched the issue myself while sitting there and found the http://www.crvclub.com site and went and showed the service advisor! The diagnostic was going to cost me $146.00.
    Due to me solving my own problem they didn’t charge me anything and I educated them at the same time. Yay!

  20. My 2009 Honda odyssey is stuck with January 1, 2002 and 9:15am. The date has not changed since then. I mean the date Jan 1, 2002 is still showing each day since then. Should I contact Honda dealer about this?

    • Tell everyone – your honda dealer, honda corporate, your local news stations, cable news stations, etc. The more press, maybe a faster fix?!?!

  21. Tell everyone – your honda dealer, honda corporate, your local news stations, cable news stations, etc. The more press, maybe the faster a fix?!?!

  22. Tell everyone – your honda dealer, honda corporate, your local news stations, cable news stations, etc. The more press, maybe the faster a fix?!?!

  23. Honda Fit 2010 same thing stuck on January 1 2002..It bothers the hell out of me😐can’t wait till August that’s ridiculous!!!!!

  24. Same exact issue.
    2008 Acura TSX w/ Navi. Dash clock is one hour ahead and showing a date of 1/1/2002. The DVD navi I have is white and version 4.D0 United States and Southern Canada.

  25. 2010 Honda Insight. Not only is the clock stuck on Jan 1, 2002, every time I start the car, the clock resets to 4:00. I tried going in to the clock settings, but can’t seem to get it to change. I have always relied on the automatic reset for Daylight Savings Time and back to Standard Time. Quite annoying!

  26. Uggg… 2011 Accord with Navi… has issue too… very annoying and I get to have questions from the kids everyday on what time it is… super fun.

  27. My 2007 Honda Civic Sedan has this problem. The calendar has defaulted to January 1, 2002 and the clock returns to 4:00 PM when starting the car. I am unable to manually reset to the correct date and time. I called Honda Customer Service on January 10, 2022 to report this. They stated that they are aware and are working on the fix. They provided me with a case number. Ultra annoying!

  28. My 2011 CR-Z clock has the same problems: the clock stuck on Jan 1, 2002; and every time I start the car, the clock resets to 4:00.

  29. 2008 Honda Civic hybrid. I woke up for work January 2nd and sat staring at my clock in the driveway for 5 mins wondering why the heck I was up so early 😂. Been stuck on January 1st 2002 and 4 ever since.

  30. My 2007 Honda Pilot is experiencing the wrong time and the calendar is stuck on January 2002. This is not a good thing as we use the calendar for reminders of very important appointments. My husband does not have a smart phone to use.

  31. My 2011 Cr-v reset to January 1, 2002, 4:00. Went to Honda dealer. They disconnected the battery and reset the clock to the correct time 1:39. Now every time I start the car, the clock goes to 1:39!

  32. I think the problem started when I bought a Honda. Won’t make that mistake again. Trusting my family’s life to a vehicle whose manufacturer hasn’t yet mastered how to make a clock.

  33. Today I spent an hour and a half trying to fix the clock in my 2008 CRV. I even broke down and read the manual! I wish I would have googled this issue before wasting so much time. At least now I can see that I’m not alone.

  34. The clock on my 2006 Acura TL magically fixed itself overnight and is showing the correct time now. It’s been messed up since March of last year.

  35. My 2009 Honda Civic exL has the same problem. The date is back to 2001. But for Honda to take this long to update, it make me 😡😡😡

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