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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2008 Thread Starter
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How to read the timing marks on a 5.0

Were trying to set the timing on my friends carburated 302. How do you read the timing tab? What is the round tube on the tab? Is that top dead center? I always thought that the thick line on the tab was TDC, but its so rusty and dirty its hard to see, you can faintly see the lines in it. Does any one know any tricks? Or how to read this style of tab?

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the thick line is TDC, what you have to do is go under the car and clean the H-balancer with like a SoS pad... mark your degree and you should be good...

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Use white out or a dab of light colored paint to mark when degree of timing u want to be close to after you clean it. I usually mark about 12* then adjust from there.

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i just turned the motor til i could see the '0' mark and put a line of whiteout on it. the timing pointer is the pointed tab thats halfway hidden behind the smog pump

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Don't worry about the circle on the pointer, go by the tip. And if the balancer marks are that bad, you might do well with getting a timing tape and put it on the balancer. Some can be so rusted you can't even read it.

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Well what is the recommended weight for a stock balancer?
50 once or 28 I can not remember. I am going to be pulling the orignal off to replace my timing chain cover. I want to buy a new one because I can't see crap on the original.
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OK, I'm having trouble with this. 1993 GT.

I removed the spout connector. I put a dot of paint on the 10BTDC position on the balancer. When I start the car and hit it with the light, the mark appears stationary.

Where is the stationary dot supposed to appear? There's several places on the piece of metal by the balancer that could be line-up points. Is it the circle of metal or is it the straightedge 90-degree piece?

I don't have a smog pump.
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Does anyone know exactly where on the "timing tab" are you supposed to look. Mine has a circular hole on the left and a straightedge on the right. I don't see any other marks on the tab.

The degree marks on the balancer are very easy to see. I just need to know about the tab.
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straight edge on the right

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What's the circular hole for?
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