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A few days of “rehearsal” made a big difference — making sure I could do all the individual steps; getting familiar with the tools and how they behave; and knowing I could put everything back if necessary. Oh, yes — the “favorite beverage” also helped: A length of plastic electrician’s tape along this edge, below the rubber molding, helps to avoid a severe cut. Or do as I did, and make sure you know where your supply of bandages is: Setting the timing on the warmed-up engine, the cam cover is warm-hot, and gets hotter as the engine runs. Placing a small towel on the cover, on top of the spark plug wires, provides a convenient, insulated arm-rest while attacking the cam sensor bolt.

E12 Ignition Timing

Last issue, we took a sort of look at timing lights. While it might sound like a marginal amount, keep in mind that whatever error exists in the light at low engine speed levels will be multiplied as the engine speed increases. If the light is off by two degrees at 2, RPM, it might be off by eight or ten degrees at 8, RPM — and, as you can imagine, that happens to be a significant amount of error.

To determine the accuracy of your particular timing light, it should be checked against a digital engine analyzer at speeds below 2, RPM. Autotronic Controls Corporation makers of the MSD ignition systems recognized this problem and began to test a rather large number of available timing lights. Through this testing, they decided to develop their own timing light.

The easiest way to confirm what port you have is to hook up a vacuum a gauge and check for vacuum at idle. The preferred vacuum source is the timed source. This way there is no effect on the initial timing .

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inductive pickup for timing light

Use a Timing Light For this thread I’ll cover using just a basic timing light. No advance dial or buttons. I won’t cover different models of vehicles, just the use of the light itself.

Mar 04,  · Remove and ground all the plugs but hook up the light to the top one. Set the engine to wide open throttle and check the timing while cranking. Correct timing is 28 deg BTDC at cranking and 30 deg while running.

Likes Received 67 OK, I’m confused. What’s with all that other stuff on the Snap-On timing light? All I’ve ever used or seen is an externally-powered inductive-pickup light that lets me check timing marks. I suppose it might help if I mention that I want something to use to check a motorcycle ignition to make sure it isn’t too advanced at full advance and make sure I can see timing moving from the static setting to full advance.

It needs an inductive pickup that I can hook on to the spark lead that doesn’t care if it is my Bultaco two-stroke with a points magneto, a Honda 90 with a 6v DC points system, or my B50 BSA with a 12v Lucas Rita electronic ignition. I have no problems hooking the light up to a 12v battery to power it which is what I had to do with my old one since it would probably be used infrequently enough that any on-board battery would usually be dead from sitting unused.

I’m having difficulty seeing why the timing light needs to be adjustable as that sounds like something else waiting to go wrong. Very bright and flashes when a jolt of electricity goes to the spark plug seems like it would fit the bill. I’ve had timing lights that weren’t very bright and I’d like to avoid that in the next one I buy.

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Car Year, Make, Model: Next, bump the starter untill you feel compression coming up in that cylinder, and watch the timing mark on the harmonic balancer. Don’t let the timing mark go past the 12 o’clock position straight above centerline of crankshaft Take your big old johnson bar and turn the engine untill the timing mark is dead nuts at 12 o’clock position. This is purely a bit of “trial and error” but it must be right, or that engine aint never going to run.

professional digital timing light MTLA Check timing belt or chain for excessive wear, diagnose a no-spark condition, check for electronic advance/retard and more.

I have a 12V-powered ignition timing light of the “old” type, where the pickup fits in line with the spark plug. While it still works great in its original environment, deep plug wells and long lead shrouds make it well-nigh impossible to use on contemporary engines. I usually work on the philosophy of buying high-quality tools with the expectation that they will outlast me. In this case, progress sic has outsmarted me, but I would rather modify this unit than outlay for another one.

The current unit has no trigger cicuitry whatsoever, just running the HT line direct to thre trigger electrode. Has anyone any details of how to set up an inductive pickup to trigger the flash tube? Ideas on how to make a suitable snap-on pickup assembly would also be welcome.

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If an engine has breaker points it will have timing marks. I usually remove the blower housing, find the timing marks and stick on a piece of reflective tape. An engine can be run for a short time with the blower housing removed. Some engines have a removable screen which exposes the flywheel. Manual start engines will need a rope or strap wrapped around the cup to start them with the blower housing and recoil starter removed.

The link that I sent you has an upgrade for Kohlers, but can be installed on some other makes, that is partly solid state and uses the breaker points as a switch to trigger the spark in the solid state device.

Sep 11,  · I think you are supposed to hook up the timing light to a seperate battery than the one on your bike. I just did this the other day and it worked great.

Where should I set the timing on my performance engine? There really is no specific initial timing specs for any performance engine. You certainly can’t go by the factory specs when your engine isn’t all bone stock and isn’t running all factory components, especially when running an aftermarket distributor, or even a stock replacement distributor.

This is because the factory KNOWS how much advance your distributor has in it because they built it in conjunction with the amount of initial timing they tell you to set it at. Also, and pretty obvious , performance engines aren’t stock, they run differently so they need different timing settings. You really have to time an engine of this sort solely by the “total timing”. Total timing is a combination of your initial timing on the crank and the amount of mechanical advance you get from your distributor.

Nitrous and supercharged engines usually run less than that, unless you plan on blowing the heads off the engine or blowing holes through your pistons.

How do I connect a Ignition Timing Light Properly???

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The timing light uses the stroboscopic effect for working. If you aim the timing light properly, as the spark fires, it will light up to indicate the position the Number 1 piston is in as.

They are knowledgeable and friendly. First, you need to decide what type of system you want. There are three different types. Simple and quick to install. If you can install a stereo, you can install a turnkey TBI system. The only thing you might not be able to do is weld in the O2 sensor, but a muffler shop can do that for you inexpensively. You can install most of these systems in an easy weekend and be up and running with your TBI by Sunday afternoon.

All you need to be able to do is turn a wrench and cut and splice together a few wires and hoses here and there. You get what you pay for, and in this case, you are paying for convenience and speed. Everything is done for you and you are paying for that service. Many of these systems do NOT control timing unless you pay a lot more money for that feature.

Ignition timing for CDI

Distributor advance It doesn’t matter what kind of ignition you have, if the advance curve is not set properly it won’t make any power. The ignition is advanced so you reach peak cylinder pressure right after TDC top dead center. If the spark comes too soon the burning fuel will try to push the piston back down the cylinder before it reaches TDC, resulting in a loss of power and possible engine damage.

If the spark is too late you will not reach full power and get poor gas mileage.

May 29,  · nope, you just need to make sure you hook up the power and ground wires and then the clamp – to the #1 plug wire. while its connected, move the wire around while its running and see if you get a light at all. if you get an intermittent light, you may have a bad plug wire.

Adjust if needed Our recommendation: The ignition system is a pivotal part of your vehicle, and should always be inspected during routine maintenance and service. During all engine tuneups the ignition timing should be checked. What are the common symptoms indicating you need to adjust the ignition timing? Car stays running when you turn it off Rattling noise from the engine How important is this service? Your engine has four basic steps of operation. The first is intake, where fuel is added to the cylinders.

The second is compression, where the fuel is compressed in the cylinder. The third is power, where the compressed fuel is combusted, thus firing the cylinders. And the fourth is exhaust. Your ignition system plays a key role in between the second and third steps. The ignition system sends a strong current to the spark plug, where a spark is created that helps ignite the fuel.

This happens immediately after compression; the spark ignites the compressed fuel, which combusts it and creates the power. Over time the ignition timing can be altered, and the spark will not occur between compression and power.

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I had my vacuum advance hooked up to the ported vacuum port after reading this article I hooked it up to full manifold vacuum adjusted the idle rpm. The car has so much more power now. As many of you are aware, timing and vacuum advance is one of my favorite subjects, as I was involved in the development of some of those systems in my GM days and I understand it. Many people don’t, as there has been very little written about it anywhere that makes sense, and as a result, a lot of folks are under the misunderstanding that vacuum advance somehow compromises performance.

Dec 10,  · One is for ground, one is for key-on ignition/12 volt supply, one is for signal input in (the wire that comes off the HEI distributor), and one is for a light that is connected to the dash light harness – so that the light comes on when you turn on the lights, to light up .

Whether man or woman, it is always good to read the instructions first, no matter what you are doing. You can use the picture here as an example, but hook up your timing light as instructed by your manual. Most all timing lights have three clips on them and these instructions will discuss those types. How to Use a Timing Light Make sure the auto engine is off and the key is removed from the ignition.

For the next steps, make sure the battery terminals are clean enough to allow for a good connection. If not, then clean as required being cautious not to allow any contact on your skin because this is battery acid. If it does come in contact, then just wash with soap and water. Clamp the red clip to the positive terminal of your car battery.

Clamp the black clip to the negative terminal of your car battery. The largest clip the one with the thickest insulation goes on your 1 spark plug wire by attaching the clip around the wire that leads to your 1 spark plug.

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Back to Frequently asked questions i Timing Timing your engine is not difficult and the results will astound you for the improvements afforded other problems from idle settings to optimum mileage. It is assumed that you have already performed the Ljetronic Throttle Body Adjustment. All you need to do the job is a timing light and a 10 mm wrench.

Currently, the best timing light is the Innova Pro. Wiki researchers have been writing reviews of the latest timing lights since

Hook up the timing light , and either spin the engine spark plug removed, but grounded so it sparks with a power drill or have a buddy pedal it, and make a mark on the engine case or something stationary where the line you drew shows up. You now know that the spark will always fire when the line on the flywheel matches up to the line you drew on the case. You may want to at this point, hold the two lines together, and draw two more lines in a more convenient place, as they may wind up being on the bottom, but don’t forget to erase the old lines so as not to get them confused.

Some people don’t realize that the little pointy bit that sicks out from the bottom of the calipers is a ‘depth gauge’, as depicted in the goofy image below. Be sure that your crankshaft is in a position in which the piston is backed away from TDC a bit, and don’t forget which way your engine turns, as you could wind up with terribly retarded timing. The base of the calipers should be resting flush against the cylinder head, and try to maintain perpendicularity as if you hold them at an angle, your reading will be off.

Assuming you opened the calipers enough, pressing the base of the calipers against the plug hole should force them to close a bit. On a French engine like a Motobecane or Peugeot, this is easily accomplished by simply holding on to the external clutch bell, but on an internally clutched engine, you will need to use the flywheel itself to rotate the engine.

You should see the reading on the calipers dropping, and as the piston rises, the rate of change on the calipers will shrink. Watch the numbers fall, and when they no longer change at all, you have found TDC. You may want to repeat this process one or two times just to make sure, as if you rotated past TDC the numbers still will not change and your piston will begin to fall.

It is a tricky process and the only way to get it right is with patience and focus.

How To Use a Timing Light

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