The ignition timing error is typically caused by damage internally like the pistons or valves inside the engine. A loose or weak engine timing belt that jumps time can cause the ignition timing to be off.
What are the symptoms of incorrect ignition timing?
Incorrect ignition timing, can cause several engine problems such as:
- Knocking or Pinging.
- Difficult Starting.
- Excessive Engine Heat.
- Increased Fuel Consumption.
- Reduced Power Output.
What’s the best way to adjust ignition timing?
Have a friend blip the throttle. This involves quickly pushing on the accelerator pedal to increase engine RPM and then releasing it, allowing the engine to fall back to idle, therefore confirming the timing is set to specifications. Congratulations! You have just set your own ignition timing.
What’s the best way to adjust the timing of a rotor?
To adjust your timing, all you need to do is turn the distributor housing one direction or the other, depending on whether or not you want to advance or move back the timing. If the rotor turns clockwise, you’ll advance the timing by rotating the distributor counterclockwise, and vice versa.
When do you change ignition base idle timing?
Typically, when your car comes from the manufacturer, ignition base idle timing is set to a manufacture specification before top dead center. The timing advances as the engine’s speed accelerates, however, resulting in a variable that will need to be periodically adjusted using a timing light.
Where do I find the timing mark on my car?
With the engine off, open the hood and locate the crankshaft pulley. There will be a mark on the crankshaft pulley along with degree mark (s) on the timing cover. Tip: These marks can be observed while the engine is running by illuminating this area with the timing light to check and adjust ignition timing.