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Old 06-15-2010, 11:29 AM
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Timing 1996 300 I6

I have read some of the timing questions thoughout the forum. Is there any difference with the 1996 engines? That was first year of OBD II, correct? Did not know if that changed anything for the timing.

Read some stating different marks are used to correctly time, etc.

Reason why I asked, replaced distributor and going to have to time it, Just want heads up before I try to get it running again.

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Old 06-15-2010, 12:22 PM
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The timing mark you need to use is a pointer at 9:00 (i.e passenger side) right next to the damper pulley. DO NOT use the marks cast into the timing cover. There should be both 0 and 10 lines on the damper so you can use a fixed or a dial-back timing light

Be sure to pull the SPOUT connector before you set the timing. The recommended setting is 10 2 BTDC. You will like it better at 12-14 BTDC.

On SEFI systems, the location of #1 plug is critical, it should be marked on the cap.

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Old 06-15-2010, 12:36 PM
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If he sets the timing at 12-14 degrees, does he have to listen for pinging?I heard that if you advance the timing you might have to upgrade to a higher octane gas.
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12-14 should not cause pre-ignition with 87 octane fuel on any 300.
The 96 has a knock sensor which will pull out timing when it detects pinging, long before the human ear can hear it.
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:57 PM
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Cool, I was just wondering for my own knowledge. Never owned a 300 before
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:28 AM
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thanks for info Ranger. I will be getting some help with timing. I was able to get truck running after getting no. 1 cylinder at TDC and rotor pointing at number one plug on cap. Now off to get it just right. will comment back on out come. thanks guys

edit: what is the SPOUT connector? My buddy who will help me said I need to check on any wires I need to "jump" or disconnect.

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Old 06-16-2010, 12:32 PM
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SPark OUTput.
It is a plug in the wire between the distributor and the Ignition Module. It's on the driver's side in front of the firewall next to the inner fender just before the harness enters the Ignition Module.

It needs to be removed in order to set the base timing.
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:23 PM
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ok, sounds good, will check it out this evening. thanks again
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