MOST LIKELY IT NEEDS TO BE TENSIONED PROPERLY OR, THE TENSIONER IS FAULTY.ALSO OVER TIME THE BELTS STRECHES AND NEEDS REPLACEMENT.
The ignition timing on Contour engines is controlled by the computer, and is not adjustable. However, if you're talking about the 4-cylinder 2.0 liter, it uses a timing belt for the cams, and if it is worn and slips a tooth, it would cause some real problems. (The 2.5 liter V6 isn't subject to this, as it uses a timing chain for the cams.)
I don't have a Contour, but if it has a distributor, then you use a timing light and simply twist the distributor cap to change the timing. If it has coil packs, then it's all done electronically, and you can't adjust it. If your timing is still off, you have a sensor somewhere feeding the ECU bad info. ====================================================== All of the Contour engines' ignition timing is controlled by the computer, and is not adjustable. If there were any sort of problem in this area, the computer would turn on the "Check Engine" light and store an error code.
The only reason the timing would have jumped is if the belt has lost some teeth which it will do right before it breaks. The timing belt should be replaced before the car is driven or the motor started again. If the belt breaks while the engine is running, it can cause major damage to the head and possibly the block.
It would not be a good idea. First it is illegal, second it can actually cause the computer to over adjust fuel and ignition timing and cause running issues.It would not be a good idea. First it is illegal, second it can actually cause the computer to over adjust fuel and ignition timing and cause running issues.
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