Originally Posted by JKossarides
OK, Socket and bar to turn the harmonic balancer DUH! I just set my timing this weekend, got tired of no power up the hill and then knocking & rattling. I copied a picture of one of threads with the chalk on harmonica balancer where the numbers are stamped but I still couldn't see that well. There was a white stripe like mark so I set it to that and it runs and pulls SOOOOOOO much better up the hill. I think when I took the Bronco in for smog last Sept it wasn't set right. I not really sure what the timing is set on becasue the mark kinda obscures the numbers right there but it's running way better then before.
What kind of cleaner should I use first and what paint would you suggest I put on the numbers to see them better under the timing light? I know the emissions sticker says 10 degrees BTDC but I just sort of felt what it was doing by moving the Dissy a bit~
You may have to turn the timing back to pass the emissions check, but we're talking 5 minutes out of your day once you're familiar with the procedure,
Yellow sure makes it easy to make out alright
I clean my balancer off a very, very stupid, dangerous way. I crawl under with sandpaper wrapped around a prybar and held on with an elastic band.
Then I hold the paper to the balancer with the engine idling. Good way to lose an eye or a lefticle, but I've been lucky to date and it cleans the balancer perfectly in seconds.
While it's still running I usually give it a shot of black (or blue) spray paint and it dries in seconds.
After that I shut it off and whip out the yellow tire marker and go to town using my kindergarten colouring skills on the marks on the balancer, from underneath.
A paint pen from a graphic arts store works great too or the old tiny paint brush and testors model paint.
DO NOT DO this method unless you're stupid like me or just WANT to get hurt.