Timing and Firing Orders
Ford Tempo
Timing Belts and Chains

How do you check the timing on a 1989 Ford Tempo with a 4-cylinder?

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April 26, 2005 5:17PM

You need a timing light or take out the number 1 spark plug and put your finger over it and wait till it blows your finger off that means the piston is up then put the spark plug back in and distributor and try to start the car. if not then you dont have it on top dead center. you also need the firing order and where the rotor is at on number one....