moving the distributor will change the firing order. not the timeing.
If your Focus has "jumped time," you need to move the timing distributor by going back or forward a notch (or whatever) on the timing belt, without moving anything else. Better done by a mechanic. PrecisionTune seems to have the fairest prices.
The initial timing is set and controlled by the vehicle's PCM (Powertrain Control Module). DO NOT try to set the timing by moving the distributor. The distributor is used to index and synch the fuel injection timing on 3.9/5.2/5.9 liter Magnum engines.
soundsw like timing chain has broken, check compression to see if valvetrain is moving, also, remove distributor, see if drive gear is sheared off soundsw like timing chain has broken, check compression to see if valvetrain is moving, also, remove distributor, see if drive gear is sheared off
you need to reset the timing the distributor did not go back in correctly
Adjusting the distributor sets the ignition timing. To set timing you need to align the timing marks as specified by the manufacture using a timing light.
pull the distributor out and turn the fork one half turn and put it back in. hondas are typically only a half turn to correct ignition timing
You can't set the timing but you can either advance or retard it from the distributor.
Remove the distributor cap. Remove the bolt in the clamp holding the distributor base to the motor, using a 1/2 inch box-end wrench. lift the distributor straight up. Note the orientation of the rotor. When reinstalling the distributor you'll need to stick it back in there with the rotor pointing in the same direction or the timing will be way off. The rotor will rotate slightly as the distributor goes back in. Also, the oil pump drive shaft is driven by a hex shaped hole in the bottom of the distributor. You have to wiggle it around a bit to get the distributor to slide down onto the oil pump drive shaft. Once you get it back in snug up the clamp bolt, put the cap back on the distributor, start the car and check the timing with a timing light. Adjust as needed by rotating the distributor. When the timing is right, and you do in fact have oil pressure, tighten up the clamp bolt.
The timing is not ajustable on that engine. It is controlled by the computer. If you have not removed the distributor / That is if it's a V-6 engine then there's no reason to worry about are to full with the timing. If you have moved the distributor the you MUST have an engine scanner to put the timing back were it belongs. The V-8 engines don't have a distributor. A timing light is the thing of the pass. There no longer used.
Sounds like the timing is off or you have a bad distributor.
its the bottom plate that moves in the distributor to advance the timing
Distributor timing is adjusted by rotating the distributor. A scan tool is required to put the engine computer in distributor sync mode. The distributor is then set to zero degrees.
The way the rotor rotates retards. If the distributor turns clockwise, then turning the distributor clockwise retards the timing.
the oil pump is synchronized with the distributor by way of a shaft between the two. It's possible to misalign the shaft (oil thrower) between the two and get exact opposite timing. try removing the covers, align the timing marks and set at TDC, then align the shaft by moving the pump and the distributor together until they slide toward each other and fit flush against the engine. Reassemble and rotate the distributor to set the timing.
- Do not adjust timing on anything from the distributor cap. You can adjust timing by moving the distributor. - You need a timing light and timing needs to be at top dead center to start. Then make a visible mark on base of distributor and engine block so you know where distributor was when you started. That's in case you need to start over. - Loosen the bolt that holds the distributor. Only loosen it enough to move the distributor. - Now hook up the timing light, being careful not to get hit by fan, or caught in the fan belt. Aim the timing light at timing marks on the front of motor. You may need a second person to move the distributor for you. This gets moved very slowly, a tiny amount at a time. - Using white out, color the correct timing line on front of engine so it will light up when using timing light. - Start the engine while watching the light on the timing marks. You can tell the other person how much and which way to move the distributor. Move only until the marks are lined up . - When it is correct it will look like the light is on all the time. When the distributor is in the correct position tighten the bolt that holds the distributor. - After doing this, if the engine is backfiring, and you have previously had the distributor removed from the engine, it is most likely because the distributor is installed 180 degrees wrong. - To correct the backfiring remove the distributor bolt, rotate the engine top dead center on the number one piston. If the rotor at this time is not pointing at the number one plug lead then carefully lift the distributor from the engine enough to rotate the rotor 180 degrees. Then re-insert the distributor and try timing from start again.
The full procedure is a bit lengthy to write out so I've attached some links below to show you how. To adjust your ignition timing loosen the 12mm bolt in the middle of the distributor slide and move the distributor towards the front of the truck to advance the timing, move it towards the back of the truck to retard the timing.
There are no timing adjustments possible, timing is set by the PCM. If you remove the distributor, you should note it's position as exactly as possible and put it back as closely as you can.
The timing for this type of distributor is set by rotating the entire distributor, not just the cap. The distributor should have a lock down bolt holding it down where it sets in a housing. With the engine NOT running, mark the original position of the distributor with a marker or some white paint. Then you loosten the hold down bolt a little, then see if you can turn the entire distribuor very slowly just a little bit. If it turns a little, then you can hook up your timing light paying attention to the cautions and warnings in the instructions for the timing light or the auto manual being used to set the timing. You start the engine, and slowly turn the entire distributor left or right until the desired timing is reached. Turn off the engine, then tighten the distributor back down. That's pretty much it in a nutshell!
Correct timing is what ever the manufacture recommends.
Typically a problem with the ignition timing. Possibly a bad rotor or distributor cap.
You need the engine up to normal operating temperature and then you need to have a timing light hooked up. The timing light is hooked to the battery terminals and the inductor is attached to the wire on cylinder #1. With the engine running, point the timing light down to the harmonic balancer (this is the big pulley coming off the crankshaft, with usually a number of belts on it). There should be a raised mark on the plastic cover of the timing belt that should line up with the center mark of the 3 tic marking on the balancer. If the marks line up you are fine, if not, loosen the three bolts on the distributor this should allow the distributor to move a short distance back and forth. Moving the distributor will move the timing and you should be able to line it up and then retighten the bolts on the distributor.
Distributor Advance is the wrong term; the Distributor Advance system implies actually moving the timing components of the distributor to control timing of spark in the engine (A Vacuum Advance, is an example of this). Modern controls use computer spark mapping, through learned routines or factory set timing models to control the spark based on these tables, through the computer. In all essence it is the computer that controls all spark functions.
The timing is set by timing marks on the crankshaft pulley. Using a timing light the light will sync with the engine and show if the marks line up properly. To adjust the timing the distributor is turned slightly. There is a clam and bolt under the distributor, loosen these just a bit to be able to move the distributor.