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Cannot get the timing right on my ford longreach xg 1995 ute

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Hi Orangesun, Are we talking about ignition timing or valve timing? Have you replaced a belt or a chain. What work have you carried out to date? What went wrong in the first place? Let us know the model and year of the vehicle and the engine type, petrol or diesel powered. Regards John

Posted on Oct 12, 2013

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    orangesun Oct 12, 2013

    Its ignition timing from the dizzy, have put in a new coil & dizzy. Is running real rough can't get the timing right.

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    orangesun Oct 12, 2013

    Ait is petrol , Xg longreach 1995 ute. Lost power to car thought it was the coil & dizzy but was a short on the radio. But since replacing coil & dizzy timing is now out.

  • Hi Orangesun, Sorry about delay, I've been trying to find a way of getting back to you. First thing to do is check the firing order of the cables on your new distributor. Once we've confirmed they are all in the correct order, turn the engine by hand SO THAT piston # 1 is at TDC. You will see the relevant timing marks on the timing cover and the crankshaft pulley. If we're working with solid state ignition, fit the rotor so that it has just past the pick up coil (at the point of breaking the magnetic field.) Once set fit back the cap and fit a stroboscopic timing light. Start the engine and let it idle at the normal speed. Loosen the fixing bolt holding the body of the distributor and with the strobe set the timing at ten degrees Before Top Dead Centre with the engine running at idling speed. If the distributor has points, set them at the point of opening but still closed with the engine turned off. Adjust the body of the distributor body to achieve the setting . The point gap should be 0.45 mm and then set static to the then degrees. Once started, re-set the timing with the strobe. Regards John .

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    Justine oldman Mar 14, 2015

    Hi Boundless Company Limited, I was just reading throught this answer, & what orangesun has described abpve it almost exactly what has happened with my 1996 XH Longreach GLi Ute with Extended tray. (Being an ex Ambulance).

  • Justine oldman
    Justine oldman Mar 14, 2015

    My 4litre 6 Cylinder aurtomatic XH GLi Longreach lost power, also thinking dizzy, still unsure of reason though. Dizzy being sorted out, the engine upon acceleration does not sound at all the same as it did before. Being a nive lumpy V8 sounding engine, just the slightest touch on the pedal it is usually loud n lumpy at such small amount of acceleration. We driving along we have noticed we cant hear the engine hardly at all in comparison to before, now sounding like our newer ford being a sedan for family and having the fully much quieter engine. I have then pushed the accele3rator down until i could hear somehing and it was flat to the floor before we could asny sort of rumble even close to how it was before, but still absolutely nothing in comparison. My mate has said the timing and we have been playing with that, and sound a little better than it did before that, but not 100% sure of the proper process for this as a few different people saying things so want to be sure before going head with any more with the timing. I understand I am supposed to let the car idle for a while to warm it up first apparently, & was wanting to know if the process above you have written for the xg 1995 also applies the exact same to my 1996 XH GLi Longreach, or is there a/any different steps to those above I have also had the coil out and put it back in, as I was looking to see if it had the correct coil, so can you tell me if there is a specific size/power outpur from the coil needed for this engine, as something made me wonder whether that may possibly be putting a weaker power oiutput than what is really required here at all. Or is that one fine condsidering it was running quite well before this incident. I am wondering how I work out what has made this all occur, since reading Orangesun's commern about the radio, I remembered I had installed a different stereo in the car the day or two before this happened. Could this have at all contributed to this at all, & if so, what is it thaty could have done wrong with stereo installation that I will need to check to see if all good.


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On new systems, like the one you bought to replace old one: grey and white are front, purple and green are rear. New wires should be labelled or shown on diagram on radio body. Stripes indicate negative side of speaker.

On your old loom: cut back behind plug, and strip wires at ends. Isolate power and grounds, and any that go hot EVER! Now checking just the remaining wires, use a AA or 9-volt battery, and touch pairs of wires to opposite poles of the battery. If you touch two that go to the same speaker, you will hear a slight static sound at that speaker: label these for that speaker, and so on. Once you get the pairs seperated and labelled by speaker location, the negs will be the striped ones, though you may not find they all have stripes. once you pair them, test in both polarity positions, the correct one will sound better right away. Should be able to reach max volume with little buzz or distortion. If not switch pow and neg sides. Hope this helps, TT

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