I recently completed replacing the timing cover gasket on a coolant leaking
Taurus 3.8. Now I want to set the ignition timing to factory spec and have
no way to see any markings on the vibration dampener. I found the spout
connector, removed it but the water pump and all the accessories are in the
way of seeing anything. How does one set the timing. In the manual it
states that I was to remove the timing indicator on the timing cover but
there was none. Any help would be appreciated.
Theoretically, the timing pointer on that year is supposed to be cast into the
front of the timing chain cover, about 40-45 degrees from vertical, towards the
firewall. A while back I was trying to check the timing on Momsy's 91, and
couldn't find the damn thing anywhere. Of course, the manual cheats by
showing it with "accessory drivebelts removed for clarity". I think the easiest
way is just to borrow a cutting torch, hack off the right fender and "frame",
duct tape it all back together when you're finished. Good luck.
I've never tried it before but, you may be able to see it by
removing the right wheel and the access panel from the inner
fender liner. Shops normally use a magnetic induction sensor
plugged into the tube you can see down there. On my own
over the years, I have had good luck matching the chisel
marks on the base of the distributor with the one on the
block. They were there from the factory. Yours may also
have them. Never had a problem passing emissions that way.
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