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Old 01-11-04, 06:48 AM
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I have a 1988 Ford Ranger, 2.3 ltr 4 cyl. engine. When doing the timing, what 2 wires does the shorting bar shortout on the ignition modual?
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Old 01-11-04, 07:03 AM
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I think there is a pigtail coming off the distributor that has a shunt in it that you remove to set the timing. I don't remember when it started but make sure that engine doesn't use a crank sensor. Turning the distributor on those will only take the injectors out of synch.
 
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Old 01-11-04, 10:46 AM
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Thanks - I'll check it out.
I found a connector coming off the harness that feeds the distributer. Looks like the one in the book but the shorting bar is missing. Local auto supply stores don't carry it so I'll try a dealer on Monday. What confuses me alittle is that the color code on the wires going to this open connector are a different color than the ones in the schmatic in the Hanes book.
Thanks again. Any more more help would be appreciated.
PS there is no crank shafter positioning sensor on this engine.
Ray
 
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Old 01-11-04, 12:21 PM
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Re: timing

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Thanks - I'll check it out.
I found a connector coming off the harness that feeds the distributer. Looks like the one in the book but the shorting bar is missing.
That sounds like the retart shunt. There is another one in there that is designed to retard the timing if your having a pinging problem. That one stays out. That's not the one your looking for. The one your looking for runs normally with the shunt in and is removed only to take the computer out of the loop in order to set timing.
 
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Old 01-11-04, 02:29 PM
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Thanks. I'm going to have a look again.
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