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Unread 07-04-2007   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1992 2.3 timing belt

Can someone tell me where I could get a picture of where the timing marks should be when replacing the timing belt? Or any tips that I could use while doing this. Thanks
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Installing the new belt:

1.
Wiggle your belt back onto the pulleys. It may take some work to get it around the crank timing belt pulley.
2. Once the belt is routed properly, remove all the tension from the DRIVER'S SIDE of the belt. You want to get it as tight as possible on that side. Make sure the belt teeth are lined up with the cam and crank pulley teeth and all the slack is removed. You may have to VERY carefully move the cam back a little bit to get the belt on, then move it back again to tighten it all the way up. The tension on the other side doesn't matter because the tensioner will take care of it when it's released.
3. Check to make sure all marks you put on the pulleys are still positioned "straight up".
4. Release the tensioner hold down bolt slightly and the tensioner will spring back into place.
5. Put the breaker bar back under the tensioner and hold enough pressure on it so there is approximately 1/2" of slack in the belt on the driver's side.
6. Once the correct slack is obtained tighten the hold down bolt.
7. At this point the hard work is complete and you can now install everything in the reverse order of how you removed it. Once that is complete, check to make sure everything is correct and then start the car.
8. Now you can proceed to the Timing Adjustment below to set the timing to factory specs.
Timing Adjustment
Follow these steps after completing timing belt install above or to set timing to factory specs.

1.
Make sure you have the timing belt cover installed (or at least the lower part around the crankshaft pulley)
2. Put timing light connector on #1 spark plug wire (nearest the front of the car).
3. Locate distributor hold down bolt and use a 12+" long 3/8" extension and ratchet to loosen bolt. You only need to turn it a small amount...just enough to release the tension.
4. Unplug spout connector (small gray plug located within 6" of ignition module that's bolted to the side of the distributor, the plug is located within the ignition harness).
5. Make sure the timing light wires are out of the way of the engine pulleys.
6. Start car.
7. Point timing light towards the timing marks near the crankshaft pulley on the timing cover.
8. Locate the 10* BTDC mark on the cover (factory setting) and turn the distributor slightly until the "notch" in the pulley lines up with the desired timing (10*BTDC factory...you may find your engine likes up to 18*BTDC for best performance. This part is up to you, best thing to do is turn it up, run it, turn it up some more and run it again until you are satisfied with it. If it detonates under boost, turn back the timing 2*.)
9. Once the desired timing marks are lined up tighten the distributor hold down bolt.
10. Recheck timing to make sure the distributor didn't move when tightening it down.
11. Plug in Spout Connector and check timing, it should be advanced to 25+* now and move with rpms.
12. Shut off engine, remove tools, close hood, and enjoy your new found power.

Timing Adjustment/Reset Without Timing Cover
Follow these steps if you don't have a timing belt cover and have thrown the timing belt.

1. Turn over the auxiliary pulley if you can't see the timing mark that is on it. Sometimes the aux pulley is reversed so that you can't see the timing mark that is on it. The aux pulley is the same part as the cam pulley but everyone that I have seen is turned over so that you can't see the timing mark.
2. Turn the crank so that the crank bolt, the TDC mark, the aux pulley bolt and the auxiliary pulley timing mark form a straight line. The crank and aux pulley timing mark's will not be next to each other but both will be pointed in a straight line with the crank and auxiliary bolts towards the driver's fender.
3. If you can't or haven't turned over the auxiliary pulley just check to see that the rotor button is pointing to the Four O'clock position
4. Check the distributor. The rotor should be at about the 4 o'clock position, if not move it now. The crank and auxillary pulley and distributor are now aligned.
5. Now put a straightedge or piece of wire in a straight line between the cam pulley bolt and the auxillary pulley bolt.
6. Turn the cam until it's timing mark is in line with this straight line.
7. You're done. If you are stuck somewhere this method will set the timing to Zero Degrees BTDC. This is an emergency method only. It will get you home however. Once you get home, adjust timing to 10* BTDC as shown above.






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Angry 2.3 timing settings

These settings don't work. I have tried several settings to get my 2.3l 4-plug motor back to factory settings and none work. I can get the 89 mustang running but it doesn't have the power I had before I rebuilt the top half of the motor. The motor will not start with the distribator at the 4 o-clock setting the only way I can get it to run is to point at the #1 plug and the crank set at TDC mark and the cam pointing at the three ribbed area on the back cover but it eats up gas and doesn't run right plus doesn't have the power it had before I did all this work. The car would spin the tires off before I redone the top half of the motor
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Cool

You're probably off a tooth. And, AFAIK '89's didn't come with 4-plug heads. Do you have a later motor transplanted in there?

Here's a write-up I did when I changed the belt on my '86 TC.
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