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Old 02-10-2013, 11:53 PM
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Timing question: Tried timing and found that distributor will not turn far enough clockwise ( hits the intake manifold) to bring the timing marks to the timing pointer. I can see them at the top of the damper with the timing light on. So, do I need to lift out the distributor and turn counterclockwise a couple of teeth?( so I can bring the marks down to the pointer?) Motor runs good, I just want to be able to actually set the timing on the marks. Also Vacuum advance line OFF during timing?
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Yes, disconnect the vacuum line when checking the timing. But why is the dizzy off that far? Did you or someone else install it that way? Or maybe your outer part of the balancer has been slipping? You should check #1 cylinder at TDC and see where the timing mark lines up.
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Thanks for the reply. Didn't consider the outer ring on the balancer slipping, I have only recently purchased the truck and don't know if someone has installed the distributor incorrectly. #1 TDC points to firewall in the 10 o'clock position(if looking over the motor from the front). Can the distributor be lifted out and moved counterclockwise a couple of teeth? I think this would solve the problem and allow the timing marks to line up with the pointer for fine tune adjustment.
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Thanks for the reply. Didn't consider the outer ring on the balancer slipping, I have only recently purchased the truck and don't know if someone has installed the distributor incorrectly. #1 TDC points to firewall in the 10 o'clock position(if looking over the motor from the front). Can the distributor be lifted out and moved counterclockwise a couple of teeth? I think this would solve the problem and allow the timing marks to line up with the pointer for fine tune adjustment.
Yes you can do that but I would really verify your timing mark is where its suppose to be first..
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How do we verify timing mark position? It's attached to the front of the block and looks like it could only go on one way (11 o'clock position or passanger side of balancer), and I also wonder how do you check for balancer slip? Thanks again so much for your help.
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How do we verify timing mark position? It's attached to the front of the block and looks like it could only go on one way (11 o'clock position or passanger side of balancer), and I also wonder how do you check for balancer slip? Thanks again so much for your help.
I'm sure the timing pointer is fine, it's the mark on the dampener you want to check as they can slip. Remove your #1 spark plug ( front passenger side ) then you will need something to stick in the plug hole so you can feel the piston come up to top dead center, I usually use some thing soft like a soda straw, everyone uses something different. You will have to turn the engine over by hand at the same time or if possible have some one help do that, until you feel the piston at the top. At that point the timing mark should line up with the pointer.
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To add to the above information, when you have tdc, you may be half off, pull the dist cap and verify that the rotor is pointing at the #1 plug wire. If its not even close, turn the engine one more turn.
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