Mazda MX-6
Timing Belts and Chains

Where do you set the timing on the cam sprockets for a Mazda mx6?

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April 29, 2007 1:32PM

This is according to the Chilton's manual. Locate the timing marks on the crankshaft pulley and timing belt lower cover. Start the engine and allow it to come to normal operating temperature. Make sure ALL accessories are OFF. Check idel speed and adjust if needed. (approx. 650 RPM). Turn off the engine. Connect a jumper wire between the TEN terminal and the GROUND terminal at the underhood diagnosis connector. Connect an inductive timing light according to manufacturers instructions. Start the engine and allow it to stabilize. Aim the timing light at the timing marks. The mark on the crankshaft pulley should align with the specified BTDC degree mark on the timing cover scale plus or minus 1 degree. (1995 mx6 2.5l engine is 10 degrees BTDC). There should be a sticker on the inside of the hood that has the specified timing for your car on it. If not, you can call a dealer and get that info. If the marks are aligned, then your timing is good, if not, then you need to adjust it. Loosen the distibutor lock bolts just enough to turn it. While aiming the timing light at the timing marks, turn the distributor until the marks are aligned. Tighten the distributor lock bolts to 14-19 lbs and recheck the timing. It is now set. Disconnect the jumper wire from the diagnosis connector and disconnect all test equipment. I just did this yesterday and it worked great. Good Luck!