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Old May 5th, 2010, 07:47 PM   #1
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no timing marks, what to do?


i want to advance my timing but there are no marks that i can see on the damper, except for the big groove for TDC. i know that i have to turn the dizzy clockwise to advance the timing, but without marks to reference it, im lost. thoughts?

BTW its a 1990 LX 5.0 5 speed

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Old May 5th, 2010, 07:51 PM   #2
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Should be able to clean up some of that surface rust to see the marks, use some white out or white chalk to make it more visable while settin timing.

Also looks like it might be time to change out that belt there.....
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They are on the skinny side.
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Ticking time bomb with that balancer......
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yup on the belt im gonna be ordering some under-drive pulleys soon and eliminating the smog pump so ill replace the belt then.

ill try to sand down the balancer and see if i can find the marks.
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Originally Posted by 93mustank View Post
Ticking time bomb with that balancer......
+1, if your going to have stuff off for switching your pulleys, spend another $60 and get a new balancer, not because it is rusty but the rubber on it is hard and starting to fall apart. One missed shift and it could be toast.
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i found the timing marks under the rust, and set the timing to 14*

just to make sure, you set it by reference your desired timing to the far right side of the timing tab, the one with the square cut edge? i assume this is correct, as the previous setting of 10* was on that line.

sorry guys, this is my first time wrenching on a ford, im used to the chevys.
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found the answer by searching some more thanks for the input fellas
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Originally Posted by gravedigger472 View Post
found the answer by searching some more thanks for the input fellas
What is the answer then?
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the timing mark on the balancer that you desire has to line up with the right side of the timing tab, or the side with the square edge.
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