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How do you set timing on 1987 f150 5.0 - 1987 Ford F 150

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You cant,you can turn the distributor but the computer will automatically adjust it.if your having problems its probably the module on the side of the distributor

Posted on Jan 31, 2010

  • cwells69 Oct 14, 2010

    un plug spout sensor will disengage ecm to time it

  • wrcflier Apr 20, 2011

    on the 1987 5.0 F.I. the only idea the system has where TDC is, Is where you tell it. Unlike some vehicles where you reset the timing and everytime you start it it defaults to a factory setting.
    There is supposed to be a setting listed on the factory sticker some where under the hood. BUT These seem to disappear after a few years. So we all come to these sites looking for that "Magic Number". Best I can determine so far is to set your timing to 10 degrees BTC, with the spout connector removed. Then remember to put the spout connector back ! Check timing again it should show 'some advance' with the connector back in place. If system is operating properly. I wish I had the factory sticker to be certain of 10 degrees. Chilton's says set to 0 degrees BTC, BUT Hanes says 10 BTC (but consult sticker), Neither one will tell you anything very useful, what a waste at $30 bucks each ! Not to mention many hours studying books that refer you to the dealer for everything you hoped would be in the book !

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