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

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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)

Posted on Dec 02, 2014

Testimonial: "Brian hi the motor has been stripped I'm trying to put it together again but can seem to figure out the distributor timing I've set everything TDC however the mark on the pulley goes to tdc on piston no three????this is a 5cyl 2.5i vw je2 motor cant find much on the web feeling very ignorant right now don't know how to carry on. ignoring the mark on the pulley and working with the marks on the cam and flywheel i've lined up no. 1 TDC but don't seem to get the dist. and fuel to meet at firing point going mad"

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