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How far off timing can be before harm is done

Recently my wife's escort wouldn't start. The plug on #1 cylinder was burnt with the insulator by the point gone. Replaced plugs. How far off could the timing be off before it harmed the valves?

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Timing is not likely to be a problem here, but the broken pieces of insulator sure could be. You should plan on removing the cylinder head for inspection and any repair. The porcelain insulator is hard enough to puncture a piston and bend valves. Without the interior insulator, the center electrode would have been glowing red hot. The insulator could have broken due to excess heat from a weak injector, or excess tightening of the plug when installed. If a timing problem, then it would be probable that all plugs were overheating. Hope this helps!

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Timing cannot slip ,sounds like wrong grade of plugs fitted

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Please call or email me with your results. If I can be of further help or you have any question, please feel free to call. Either way, please give me the number of thumbs my advice is worth to you.


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"You can fix this engine" if you have the time, and want to drop a few hundred dollars on parts. You do not have to remove the engine to fix it, all parts are accessible while the engine is in the vehicle.

You will need a new ($1000.00 or more), or used ($100.00 at a junk yard) cylinder head. I personally would also replace the piston on that cylinder, but I've seen it done without replacing the piston as well.

If you choose to fix this engine, I will guide you through the process, just post another comment, and we'll go from there.

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