I need to know how to set the timing for the distributor on my 1994 mazda 323 . it failed emmissions test due to timing on distributor but when rest it fail the co part . please help already changed the pcv valve and new plugs and wires on it as well . Changed the oil and filter
There are 2 ways you can set the timing... the right way and the lazy way... if you do not have access to a timing light grab a friend you can trust... have them put the parking brake on and power brake of lug the motor (holding the brake and giving it gas) at the base of your dist. there should be a bolt of nut. loosen the bolt or nut and turn dist until it just starts to knock and back it off a little bit... and retighten nut or bolt... that should get you close enough... a timing light is still the most accurate and best way to set it but this also works its just more dangerous ie: getting ran over
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on the four stroke right hand ( clockwise ) turning engine the firing order is 1-3-4-2 but there are some exceptions on European model. The firing order is also clockwise set because your engine is right hand turn. For you if you like to see also what I stated you can remove the distributor cap if you know how,and by starting the engine you will see the rotor arm turning clockwise.
tappets are done by the rule of 9 ,ie-1 down adjust 9------- 2 down adust 7 ------3 down adjust 6 .as for timing it shouldnt need touching unless you have points and a distributor which i think this year uses a module inside the distributor cap so it should not need touching
If this vehicle has a distributor, try replacing the pickup coil. This should be located under your distributor cap and is responsible for spark. When your engine compartment gets warm from normal conditions, this plastic piece of **** shrinks and the metal tab attached to it doesn't make a good enough connection to conduct the electric spark to your plugs. Hope this helps!
I HAVE THE SAME CAR! ...and same problem.... After 4 days of jerking around.... I found the problem...
1) pull off the distributor cap... --- hang it AWAY from the distributor
2) get in the car and KICK IT OVER....
3) If the distributor base does not turn, you have a bad timing belt
(NOT A PROBLEM, cause it is a non-interference motor -- CONSIDER YOURself lucky!)
4) if it does turn, most likely it is the IGNITOR (or ignition control module) -- $90 at Checkers....
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you may have forgotten to plug the fan sender unit in on the right side of the head if it is plugged in it may of failed witch is not uncommon. as for the timing there is actually some small marks on the head it self and on the cam pulleys, also on the crank sprocket and the block if you cant find them i can send you a diagram. if you can find the sender unit on the side of the head unplug it and earth out the plug with a split pin if the fans come on bingo get a new sender good luck