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Old 07-23-2002, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to set ignition timing..?

hey guys,

just wondering if anyone knows how to set it,, i mean i've given it a shot previously and i think i might have done it wrong, i'm using an cheap timing light,, i dont have like the other ones, i can recognize the timing marks on the flywheel, but i mean what am i supposed to line it up to? the knotch to align TDC?..

Thanks any info would be great, i think this would be something helpful for all,, that way they can also know how to advance it and the degrees advancement .. hehe
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steps in order:

1) get car to normal operating temp.

2) unplug 2 terminal service connector under dashboard and jump it with a wire or paper clip.

3) take out rubber plug between block and tranny

4) hook up timing gun to battery and #1 spark plug wire

5) start car with lower distributor bolt loose (makes it easier)

6) point gun at flywheel, through access hole (step 3) and line up with pointer on block.

7) set timing gun to what you want the timing to be at.

8) move distributor towards firewall to advance or towards front bumper to retard until flywheel mark stays in same place as timing gun light flashes. you can move the dist. with car on (wear a glove just in case the car doesn't like you that day; shock).

9) tighten distributor, remove timing gun, pull off jumper wire from service connector (step 2), put rubber plug back in and go whoop up on some stangs!!!
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Well, i wish i hadthe "good" timing light.. hehe mine doesnt really have a dial that you can set it to.. its pretty much just a light..
:-/.. wonder how that works out
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Old 07-24-2002, 12:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Don't forget to reset your ECU or else the timing change will not have any effect.
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just buy a better one. there only around 30-40 bucks.
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Don't forget to reset your ECU or else the timing change will not have any effect.
Not true, especially on an OBDI car.
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Yea, you're right absolut, it will take effect unlike obd2 that will not change the timing,, obdI obeys .. but i guess i'm going to have to go get a better timing gun, the one i have is not very good.. oh well :-/ hehe.. i think it'd be cheaper just to pay 20 bucks somewhere and tell them, set my timing hehe..

I want to give it a shot though..
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Not true, especially on an OBDI car.
Really? From my experience, I've changed my timing about 5 times and if I didn't reset the ECU, I didn't notice any change.
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hey man if u want to still know how to set timing here it is go to the 2pin service connector put a jumper wire on it ok turn car on after u warm it up do the jumper wire get your timing light on number one cyclinder look at flywheel with flashing timing kight set it to where it should be tighten dist back up turn car off disconnect timing light put your 7.5 amp fuse fromm under hood fuse box for about ten seconds put fuse back in put fuse box cover back this will reset your ecu and also your timing if u dont jump service connector then time then pull 7.5 fuse to reset your ecu nothing will happen and timing will stay at the previous setting thats the steps now go do it and stop your whinning about it have a great day
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