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Setting timing by damittron
Started on: 02-06-2019 10:36 PM
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I am going to set my timing from scratch this weekend, I installed a new distributor, didn't pay enough attention, etc.

Anyway - Is there an easier way to turn the engine over with a bar and socket than jacking up the car and cranking it from underneath? Any ideas would be appreciated!

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I've rotated the crank using a ratchet and extension through the wheel well, with the splash guard partially detached and drooping out of the way. And yes, obviously the wheel needs to come off.

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I've rotated the crank using a ratchet and extension through the wheel well, with the splash guard partially detached and drooping out of the way. And yes, obviously the wheel needs to come off.


I don't mind taking the wheel off! I just was having to lift rhe rear end up and lay on my creeper to get to it through the splash guard, and I told myself, THERE HAD to be a better way!

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If it's a manual transmission car and sitting on level ground, place it in 3rd gear and gently push the car forward. If you pass the timing mark back up well past the mark then bump it forward again. This is to put correct tension on the timing chain. If you are really close you may be able to rotate the engine a few degrees by pulling up on the belt and pulling forward on it.

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You must make sure #1 cyl is @ TDC AND both valves Closed.
Remove the #1 spark plug and hold you hand on the hole to get some small compression when you bump the starter or turn by hand.

Stick cars sometimes easier to remove the flywheel cover and move the engine there.
Auto trans bell makes this hard to do.

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Originally posted by damittron:

I am going to set my timing from scratch...


In case you have any questions... This is how I do it.

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I turn over the engine reaching down from the top, with a 19 mm deep socket and a 1/2" drive rachet wrench.

I stand on the right side of the car, facing the left. No tricks with going from underneath, or removing a wheel.

My Fieros have been notchbacks; perhaps this technique is not applicable on a fastback.

I haven't tried yet, but I'd think that by removing the oil fill cap, you could observe the valve rockers and figure out what's going on without having to remove a spark plug.

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Originally posted by Patrick:

In case you have any questions... This is how I do it.


NICE! I actually did a search before posting and that page is in my official bookmarks. Thanks!

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Originally posted by fierofool:

If it's a manual transmission car and sitting on level ground, place it in 3rd gear and gently push the car forward. If you pass the timing mark back up well past the mark then bump it forward again. This is to put correct tension on the timing chain. If you are really close you may be able to rotate the engine a few degrees by pulling up on the belt and pulling forward on it.


Unfortunately, I am a slushbox.

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