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Ignition timing i have a t2 when i checked the timing it is 180% outwhen i point strobe light at it i took out distributor and looked at the drive dog when i put the engine to top dead centre the small side of the drive dog is at the back (clutch side)manuel say it should be at fan belt side any help appreciated thanks

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  • norman58 Jan 18, 2009

    timing is 180% out

  • Ronnie Wilson May 11, 2010

    Engine Configuration?

  • Ronnie Wilson May 11, 2010

    Any discription of what Led up to this (Having to check timing)

    What happened ???

  • Ronnie Wilson May 11, 2010

    Any discription of what Led up to this (Having to check timing)

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Is the engine running? If so are you putting the strobe light HT pickup on the right lead. If you are on lead no1, try putting sensor on no4. Should find it lines up. If engine not running, swap the actual Ht leads around. 1-4, and 2-3

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8n ford tractor will only run 1/2 open. Can it be out a 180 deg. and still run?


That engine or any other will not run 180 degrees out of time. The rotor may have been pointing 180 degrees from where the book says it should be pointing and 180 degrees from the #1 plug wire in the distributor cap but it still could have been in perfect time. The wire that goes to the #1 spark plug can come out of any of the four holes in the distributor cap as long as the rotor is pointing to the right cylinder at the right time. I never worry myself about setting a distributor into the cam gear so that the rotor is pointing to the hole in the cap that is marked #1. I put the engine on top dead center of the #1 cylinder and then put the wire coming from that plug into the hole in the cap where the rotor is pointing and then place the remaining three wires around the cap according to the firing order and the direction of rotation of the rotor. Then finish by fine turning the ignition timing.
If the engine was blowing out the intake instead of sucking at the intake the problem was that an intake valve was remaining open on the compression stroke of the piston and forcing the air backwards out the intake.
If in fact the ignition was happening 180 out of time and the fuel was being ignited and blowing fire out the intake there is only two explanations for that. Either someone did you a trick on the wires on the distributor cap or the distributor drive gear is loose on the distributor shaft and you can rest assured that the same thing is in your future because it will move again and you will have either the same symptoms or the engine will fail to run at all no matter how you try to set the distributor timing.

Mar 18, 2018 | Ford Cars & Trucks

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How to use a timing light and adjust timing


1. Make sure the engine is off and the key is removed from the ignition.

2. Clamp the red clip to the positive terminal of your car battery.

3. Clamp the black clip to the negative terminal of your car battery.

4. The larger clip with the thickest insulation goes on your #1 spark plug wire by attaching the clip around the wire that leads to your #1 spark plug.

5. Next, you will want to rotate the lower crankshaft pulley so that the timing marks are visible on the crankshaft pulley. Be aware that on some cars the timing marks are located somewhere else and you should consult either your owner's manual or dealership.

6. Your automobile specifications sheet should tell you what your timing degree should be. For example:

1969 Ford 429
6 Degrees BTDC @ 550 rpm in drive gear
Automatic Trans
Firing order: 1-5-4-2-6-3-7-8

This means that you want to line up the pointer on the timing light with the 6° timing mark when the engine is idling in gear at 550 rpm. "BTDC" means Before Top Dead Center and "ATDC" means After Top Dead Center - top dead center is the point where the piston reaches the highest point in the cylinder and that is when the compression is the greatest.

The timing marks will have a line labeled "0" with marks above and below it, and depending on which way the wheel rotates, you will see the lines before the "0" (BTDC), or after the "0" (ATDC).

7. If you want, you can use some chalk to mark the timing marks to make them more visible. If there is a rubber hose on the side of the distributor, disconnect the rubber hose from the vacuum advance and put a plug in the end of the hose to seal it off temporarily.

8. Okay, now start up your engine, letting it warm up.

9. Take your timing light and aim it at the timing marks, pressing the button on the light. Because you have the light hooked up to your spark plug means that it has current passing through it every time your spark plug fires, making the light go on and off, creating a strobe effect. Because of this, the timing marks should appear to be standing still. Now, is the pointer pointing at the correct mark? If yes, you are all set, you do not need to adjust your timing. If it is not, you should adjust your timing.

10. Adjust the Timing by looking below the distributor, at the base of your distributor shaft, for a fastener called the distributor hold-down clamp. We want to loosen this fastener so the distributor can turn on the shaft. Grasp the vacuum advance and move it back and forth.

11. Rotate the distributor slightly, and then aim your timing light back at the timing marks again. How does it look? If it is farther away from the marks, then move the distributor in the opposite direction. Then, check again with your timing light. Continue doing this until the pointer is pointing at the correct degree point as required.

12. Once the timing is good, tighten the fastener for the distributor hold-down clamp, making sure you do not move the distributor. After tightening this fastener, double check your timing to ensure it is still correct.

13. Turn off your engine, remove the key from the ignition, and disconnect the timing light.

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How do you set the ignition timing on a vw 2.5i combi


You need a timing light.

Hook it up to you battery.
(It will flash like a strobe light.)

You will have a line on your harmonic balancer.

You will also have one on your engine block.

Loosen your distributor cap.

Point the light at the harmonic balancer.

When the light flashes you want those lines to meet up by either turning left or right on the distributor.
(Turn slowly)

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Z24 engine specs


place the timing mark on the crank pulley at the correct ignition timing mark (10 degrees advanced). Place in the distributor so that the rotor button points to no1 cylinder in the cap. when fitted in properly turn the distributor so that the points are just opening. ( you can get this by turning on the ignition and when you see the points spark or hear a spark click then lock the distributor up at that point . Use a timing light for final set. If it wont start you got it on 180 degrees out then just move the HT wires around 180 degrees. If you have a transistorized ignition then when the point of the cam star is directly opposite the magnet point that is the same as the points.

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Ignition timing 1996 dodge 3.9 v6


By 'just spinning over', do you mean there's no compression? Have you done a compression check? If you have no compression, then your basic crank/cam timing cannot be correct, or your valves are not closing.
If your ignition timing is 180 degrees out, you'll have normal compression, but since the spark is coming at the wrong time, the engine will not run. You'd have to remove the distributor and reinsert it with the rotor at 180 degrees from where you took it out.

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Engine randomly cut out while driving or idiling,,, sometimes starts right back up other times takes a couple minutes... Cause?????


Hi Steven, I would think of replacing the the points (contact breaker) and condenser (capacitor) Theses are inside the distributor and revealed by removing the distributor cap. Remove the holding clips or screws (I don't remember which) and then lift off the cap and rotor arm. remove the cables connecting to the condenser and points. Remove both points and condenser and replace both and reconnect the electrical cables. Turn the engine by hand until the contact breaker is fully opened by one of the cam lobes on the center shaft and then adjust the gap to point four five millimeters. Rotate the engine again by hand until the points close and then with the ignition turned on but not cranking check you have spark by opening the points with a plastic tool. Once the spark is confirmed turn the engine to the timing marks (Please confirm ignition timing but I believe it is 6 degrees before Top Dead Center. Turn the engine so that the timing marks align at that setting and then set the points by loosening off the distributor body and rotating it so that the points are just about to open but are still closed. Tighten everything up and refit the rotor arm and cap and start the engine. For a more accurate setting of the distributor timing use a strobe timing light after initial start up. Always attend to the ignition timing before attempting any carburetor adjustment. Regards John

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What is the feeler gauage measurement on the points describe how to set points bobnichol what is the gap reading for the points and...


.45mm or 18 thou . Set them when the rubbing block of the points are on the highest part of the lobe. Reset the ignition timing after setting the points as points setting changes the timing. Use a strobe light or if you dont have one you can do it statically . Put the engine on its timing mark on the front pulley not tdc. loosen the distributor turn the ignition on and slowly rotate the dissy until you hear the small tic of the points opening and the spark jumping. at this point re tighten the dissy. That should do the trick If this helps Please Vote Jeff

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I have Dodge Ram D150 1988 with 318Cu engine. I am restoring it and it has stood still for 4-5 years. The problem is that I have gotten it to run but know it´s starts but it´s like it...


-If it has Distributor Cap and Rotor check them and their contact point should not be rusty, cut/worn. Rotate Distributor assly for getting a better synchronization/timing.
- check you have fuel pressure at fuel rail.
- is the fuel fresh. Spray some starting fluid in the air intake. If it starts up then problem is with fuel.

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I need to check the timing on my 1998 ford escort i have the timing gun i just dont know how to use it


1. Make sure the engine is off and the key is removed from the ignition.

2. Clamp the red clip to the positive terminal of your car battery.

3. Clamp the black clip to the negative terminal of your car battery.

4. The larger clip with the thickest insulation goes on your #1 spark plug wire by attaching the clip around the wire that leads to your #1 spark plug.

5. Next, you will want to rotate the lower crankshaft pulley so that it has the timing marks are visible on the crankshaft pulley. Be aware that on some cars the timing marks are located somewhere else and you should consult either your owner's manual or dealership.

6. Your automobile specifications sheet should tell you what your timing degree should be.

For example:
1969 Ford 429

6 Degrees BTDC @ 550 rpm in drive gear
Automatic Trans
Firing order: 1-5-4-2-6-3-7-8

This means that you want to line up the pointer on the timing light with the 6° timing mark when the engine is idling in gear at 550 rpm. "BTDC" means Before Top Dead Center and "ATDC" means After Top Dead Center - top dead center is the point where the piston reaches the highest point in the cylinder and that is when the compression is the greatest.

The timing marks will have a line labeled "0" with marks above and below it, and depending on which way the wheel rotates, you will see the lines before the "0" (BTDC), or after the "0" (ATDC).

7. If you want, you can use some chalk to mark the timing marks to make them more visible. If there is a rubber hose on the side of the distributor, disconnect the rubber hose from the vacuum advance and put a plug in the end of the hose to seal it off temporarily.

8. Okay, now start up your engine, letting it warm up.

9. Take your timing light and aim it at the timing marks, pressing the button on the light. Because you have the light hooked up to your spark plug means that it has current passing through it every time your spark plug fires, making the light go on and off, creating a strobe effect. Because of this, the timing marks should appear to be standing still. Now, is the pointer pointing at the correct mark? If yes, you are all set, you do not need to adjust your timing. If it is not, you should adjust your timing.

10. Adjust the Timing by looking below the distributor, at the base of your distributor shaft, for a fastener called the distributor hold-down clamp. We want to loosen this fastener so the distributor can turn on the shaft. Grasp the vacuum advance and move it back and forth.

11. Rotate the distributor slightly, and then aim your timing light back at the timing marks again. How does it look? If it is farther away from the marks, then move the distributor in the opposite direction. Then, check again with your timing light. Continue doing this until the pointer is pointing at the correct degree point as required.

12. Once the timing is good, tighten the fastener for the distributor hold-down clamp, making sure you do not move the distributor. After tightening this fastener, double check your timing to ensure it is still correct.

13. Turn off your engine, remove the key from the ignition, and disconnect the timing light.

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