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My zafira pinks a bit when under load. is it the egnition timing, can it be adjusted.

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This is a common problem with older cars ... sometimes it is as simple as upgrading to a higher octane fuel. If the issue is only occurring when driving with a load, then it is probably not a timing issue. Depending on the age of the vehicle, there might not be a solution to the problem. Older cars tend to face this issue, and would require a full engine rebuild to eliminate the noise (though it generally doesn't cause a HUGE problem for a long time -- I had an Escort that made a clinking noise under load for 5 years before I got rid of the car, and the only problem it caused was a little road rage about having to listen to it).
If the noise gets worse, you should probably bring it to a mechanic to make sure that there is not something more that can be done for you ... but if it is only occurring under load, and doesn't seem to affect the drivability of the vehicle, you shouldn't have to worry about it too much for now.

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