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Re: SVO: Adjusting the base iginition timing
#1 Generally new plugs clear up a rough idle for me every time.
#2 Yep, just twist the distributor the old-fashioned way.
#3 Yeah, sounds like they got the accessory shaft off by a tooth, and
didn't bother to check the timing.
I know setting your timing should be a simple thing, but I would like
add some tips for any newcomers to the 2.3L world.
#1 - New plugs are a good thing for your idle/performance and should
be done every 3-6 months, IMO. In the Chicagoland area they
supply oxygenated fuels in the winter, so you performance is
going to take a hit no matter what.
#2 - Just a reminder, remember to remove the timing spout connector,
which is on the distributor harness near the TFI module or else
all timing mods will be in vain. With the O2 fuel, I would also
suggest retarding the timing a couple of degrees, to 8, until
spring, by doing the following:
Remove the spout with the car off, start the car, set the timing,
shut the car off, re-insert the spout and go!
#3 - It is very easy to misalign the accessory shaft when you change
the accessory belt, which throws your timing off. If it has
misaligned a couple of teeth, you may not be able to turn the
distributor far enough to correct your timing, due to the TFI
module and wire harness hanging off the side of the distributor.
If this is the case, you will need to losen the timing belt and
move the accessory sprocket a couple of teeth. I learned this
one the first time I change the timing belt in a 2.3L.
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Subject: Re: SVO: Adjusting the base iginition timing
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