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I have an 84 honda crx. I changed the head and swaped it with an 86 civic because the timing belt broke and bent some of the valves. The car now idles great but when i drive it putting it under a load... like climbing a hill it has no power and backfires through the carb. I dont think my timing is set right. How do i set the timing right? Or is this some other issue?

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Sounds like timing to me. Rent a timing light - or just pay a friendly mechanic to check your timing. There is a special tool you can use to check your timing for top dead center.
Here is a home remedy. Mark the distributor and the engine for location. You can score them both with a standard flat head screw driver. Loosen the distributor. Have a helper start the car. With the helper pushing to the car to around 2500 - 3500 RPM turn the distributor a little each way to see if you notice a better power band. On older cars like yours be careful not to get a shock from lousy plug wires.If you go to turn the distributor and get a nasty but harmless shock - consider putting new plug wires on the car. You should notice a great increase in performance. You may need to adjust this the first time or two but it is a great way to tune the car when no timing light is around. Be sure to tighten the distributor bolts.
Best of it.
Gary

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1991-95 1.7L Integra
1990-95 1.8L Integra
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1991-95 3.2L Legend
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1994-95 4.0L 740I
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1992-95 1.5L Eagle Summit
1987-88 1.6L Colt
1989-92 1.6L Eagle Summit
1994-98 2.0L Neon Stratus
1990-95 2.0L Eagle Talon
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1988-92 1.3L Charade
1990-92 1.6L Rocky
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1984-85 2.0L Escort, Tempo
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1986-88 2.0L Ranger
1984-87 2.0L Lynx, Topaz Diesel
1985 2.2L Ranger
1989-92 2.2L Probe
1986-88 2.3L Ranger
1986-87 2.3L Diesel Ranger
1991-98 4.6L Crown Victoria
GM
1986-95 1.0L Geo Metro
1989-91 1.0L Firefly (CANADA)
1985-88 1.5L Sunburst (CANADA)
1985-89 1.5L Spectrum
1990-93 1.6L Prizm, Storm
1981-84 1.8L Diesel (CANADA)
1982-86 1.8L Buick Skyhawk
1990-98 1.9L Saturn
1987-88 2.0L Buick Skyhawk
1988-95 2.3L Quad Four
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1979-95 3.8L Buick
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1973-78 1.3L All
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1993-95 1.5L Civic Del Sol
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1980-82 1.6L All
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1984-87 1.8L Prelude, Accord
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1990-91 2.1L Prelude
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1992-95 2.0L Sonata
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1990-95 3.0L Sonata
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1990-93 1.6L Stylus Impulse
1987-89 2.0L Impulse
1981-87 2.2L Diesel Truck
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1988-92 2.2L 626 MX6
1989-93 2.2L Pickup
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