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Hi! I am familiar with the auto timing advancer that uses the vacuum advance technique. However, while working on a Mitsubishi Lancer Glxi, I noticed that it doesnt have the usual vacuum advance. Could you help me find out what type of "timing advance mechanism this car has"?

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    Fernand Luc Bergeron Jan 02, 2011

    usually, they are controlled by the computer now, no adjustment needed

  • truffulaseed Jan 02, 2011

    What model year is the car you are referring to?
    In the newer model years, timing advance is controlled electronically by the computer.


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In late model vehicles with an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) combined with multipoint fuel injection, the ECU takes inputs from several sensors (engine speed, throttle position, coolant temperature, emissions & air temperature etc.) and adjusts the quantity of fuel to the injectors and also the ignition timing to achieve optimum engine efficiency. Therefore, a vacuum advance system is not needed beause it does not perform as effectively as the ECU derived timing calculation.

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You didn't specify year, but i will assume it is computer controlled timing and advance, meaning the computer retards/advances timing using all the engines sensors...hope that helps

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