Ignition timing is non-adjustable on all 2.2 liter engines, the Alliance/Encore with the 1647cc engine and the Fuego with the 1565cc turbo engine.
- Locate the timing marks on the flywheel and the flywheel housing.
- Clean the timing marks so that you can see them.
- Mark the timing marks with a piece of chalk or with paint. Color the mark on the scale that will indicate the correct timing when it is aligned with the mark on the flywheel. It is also helpful to mark the notch in the flywheel with a small dab of color.
- Attach a tachometer to the engine.
- Attach a timing light according to the manufacturer's instructions. If the timing light has three wires, one is attached to the No. 1 spark plug with an adapter. The other wires are connected to the battery. The red wire goes to the positive side of the battery and the black wire is connected to the negative terminal of the battery.
- Disconnect and plug the vacuum line at the distributor, or, if equipped with the IEI ignition, at the vacuum capsule mounted on the ICM.
- Check to make sure that all of the wires clear the fan and then start the engine.
- Adjust the idle to the correct setting.
- Aim the timing light at the timing marks. If the marks that you put on the flywheel and the flywheel housing are aligned when the light flashes, the timing is correct. Turn off the engine and remove the tachometer and the timing light. If the marks are not in alignment, proceed with the following steps.
- Turn off the engine.
- Loosen the distributor lockbolt just enough so that the distributor can be turned with a little effort.
- Start the engine. Keep the wires of the timing light clear of the fan.
- With the timing light aimed at the pulley and the marks on the engine, turn the distributor in the direction of rotor rotation to retard the spark, and in the opposite direction of rotor rotation to advance the spark. Align the marks on the pulley and the engine with the flashes of the timing light.
- When the marks are aligned, tighten the distributor lockbolt and recheck the timing with the timing light to make sure that the distributor did not move when you tightened the lockbolt.
- Turn off the engine and remove the timing light.
- Reconnect the vacuum line.