Published on 2013-06-03
Anytime you install or move the distributor on your 86-93 5.0L Mustang you need to check and possibly adjust the timing. Also advancing your timing is a age old way to free up some more horsepower in your Stang. Adjusting and setting the timing is an easy process but just need some simple hand tools and a little bit of patience. The simple process requires you to loosen the distributor, remove the spout connector and adjust timing at the distributor with the help of a timing light. Follow the instructions in the link above and you will be on your way to making some more HP in no time.
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Now anytime you mess with your distributor, especially replacing it, you'll want to verify your timing. To do that you'll want to start out by removing the spout connector then lightly loosen the distributor hold down bolt.
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Not too much, just enough to where you can twist the distributor with a little bit of force. Hook up your timing light to the number one spark plug wire. Start the car.
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Checking your timing. On this car I'm going to go for twelve degrees initially and then after some driving will bump it up by two degree increments until we get some detonation and the bump it down. Once you get your timing at the proper point lock down the distributor hold down, kill the engine, plug your spout connector back in, start the car back up, and then verify that the computer is actually advancing timing.
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Once you verified that you're done and ready to drive your car.
Need help setting the timing on your 86-93 5.0L Mustang? Watch our how to video and read the article for all the information you need to properly set the timing in your Stang!