How do you set the timing on a 1991 VW Golf?
Just to clarify the question, this is aking about static timing not dynamic with a strobe light.
Timing marks are used to set the ignition, so that the spark plugs spark when the pistons are at the right position and moving in the right direction. The timing marks for your 1995 VW can be found on the front of the main pulley. The timing marks will be scattered around the outside of the main pulley.
There has been a lot of mail concerning how to set timing with an unknown engine. I think a basic description of timing might help sort out a lot of this. First, you should know that there are two types of timing in an engine: cam timing and ignition timing. (Three types, if you count injector pulse, but injection timing on gasoline-powered busses is tied to ignition timing and is not separately adjustable so I…
You can set it by ear by loosening the distributor hold down bolt and turning the distributor slowly back and forth with the car running until it sounds like it is running better. Or you can remove the 27mm hex plug on top of the transmission to reveal the timing marks and hook up an inductive timing light and set it that way.