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Recently failed a smog check. I have a 1996 honda civic. It said ignition timing: 30 BTDC. How do I adjust this and where should it be at?

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Hey why dont you buy a timming gun or borrow from somebody and time it with that, make sure its 12 degrees btdc and make sure you adjust your distributor to change the degrees.

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