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Old 09-21-2015, 05:05 PM   #1
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Where should I dial my timing in at? Someone adjusted it and now it's really laggy. Thanks for the help.


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I think that the factory setting on your car is 10 BTDC.
Try setting it at 14 BTDC and drive it, while carefully listening for any detonation, or "pinging"
If there is no pinging, try 15 BTDC. And if you do hear some pinging, back off the timing to 13 BTDC.
You get the picture.
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Yeah thanks for the help


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No problem.

Remember to remove the spout connector before you time it.
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My mechanic said the lower the timing the better the performance. He wants to put it at 2. I'm not to sure about what to do


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2 degrees Before Top Dead Center?!?
You need to find a new mechanic.
That is less timing advance than the factory setting! You want MORE advance!
Clearly, he doesn't understand the fundamentals of ignition timing.
Don't let him work on your car.
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Yeah. It's a family friend so I was hesitant to let him. I don't know any good mechanics where I live.


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So I should get 14 degrees before to dead center??


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Old 10-02-2015, 01:24 AM   #9
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Adjusting the timing is very simple to do yourself. All that you need is a timing light and a wrench to loosen the distributor hold down clamp.
If you can get a timing light, I, or another member, can walk you through the process of timing your engine.
This will give you the opportunity to play around with the timing a little bit. Otherwise, if you plan on having someone set the timing for you, and just leave it at that setting, you should probably time it closer to the factory setting. Maybe 12 degrees.
It is a very simple procedure and I think that O'Reilly and AutoZone have "loaner" timing lights that you have to pay for, but can return them when you are finished using them.
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Use some witeout and draw two lines on the harmonic balancer.One line across the 10° mark & another line across the 14° mark.Let the engine idle til it reaches operating temp then turn it off.Slightly loosen the distributer hold down bolt,connect the timing light,start the engine,remove the spout plug,aim the light,turn the distributer clockwise to advance timing & counter clockwise to ****** timing.Set it to 14°,tighten the hold down bolt,recheck with light to make sure distributer hasn't moved,plug the spout plug back in and aim the light again to make sure the ecm is advancing timing properly.If it doesn't ping at 14°,you can go up 1° at a time,test drive and listen for pinging.If pinging occurs,go down 1° at a time until pinging is gone.
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