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Old 12-27-2004, 08:03 PM   #1
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Default Instruction to fix a broken Forester overhead clock problem

I was checking my wheel bearing issues and come across this excellent post.
Figure some other Forester owner will want to know.

Sympton: Forester overhead clock stop working.
Problem and Fix: There is one resister(R510) on the clock's
surface mount is badly manufactured and come loose on the inner side.
Just solder it back.
Credit: To reader TTL on subaru forester forum.

Here is the original post I read with picture of the problem in the middle.

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Old 01-01-2005, 02:19 PM   #2
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Kendo- Thanks man for posting this! I knew it was an intermitant connection somewhere and had hit all the terminal joints without success. Just about to give up when I saw this and Low and Behold... R510 was the cause! Fixed in less than 5 min. Thanks again, the Forester clock was driving my nuts! - Wild Bill
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Old 01-31-2005, 04:00 AM   #3
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Default Timely Post!

My clock went out about 4 months ago. After checking the fuse and the voltage with a meter (12V was getting to it and through it), I was just about to give up on it and by a new one for $42.00. Gave it one more search and found yours. Sure enough the solder joint on the R510 was no longer connected!!!

This is obviously a defect and should have been a recall/warranty item. Thanks for saving me $42.
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Old 07-28-2005, 11:24 PM   #4
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This is so cool! Thanks! I would have never thought to check the resistors. Sure enough, R510 was the culprit. The whole thing took me 15 minutes (5 of it trying to find my soldering iron). A note to anyone attempting this- when pullling apart the clock, the buttons (for setting time, etc.) tend to fall out all over the place, so be careful.

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Old 07-29-2005, 12:22 AM   #5
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Just an FYI, it is not always the connection that is bad. I see more burnt out displays than broken connections.
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