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Old 02-26-2009, 11:25 PM
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Question 190E 2.3 8V Iginition Timing

I don't know if what I did is correct or complete.
I moved the front balancer until the T mark was right on the pin that sticks out on the block. I then moved the ignition distributor and lined it up with the notch on its housing. When I turned the car on the T was spot on where I set it as I used a strobe light to look at it while set at ZERO degrees.
Was there anything else I needed to do? The car does backfire if I push on the throttle while in neutral. By the way, this a 1988.

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Old 02-27-2009, 09:05 AM
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The distributor has NOTHING to do with ignition timing.

Timing is set by the signal from flywheel & pre-set program in the ignition module (EZL).

Aligning the distributor is only to keep the ignition from cross firing at higher RPM's
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:02 PM
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So now maybe I have a bad EZL since the car backfires and stalls a lot, what do you think?
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:42 PM
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My other question from observation is that I noticed that the mark on the front balance wheel will drift if I moved the distributor adjusting nut; how come you say they are not related? (this is all at idle of course)

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