Tracker 2000-2004

Timing Check

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2.0L And 2.5L Engines



  1. Install a scan tool.
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  3. On the 2.5L engine, remove the two fasteners and the ignition coil cover from the bank 1 valve cover.
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  5. Start the engine.
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  7. Allow the engine to reach normal operating temperature.
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  9. Perform the following checks:

    The A/C is Off, if equipped.
     
    The gearshift control lever is set in Neutral or the manual selector lever is in Park.
     
    The parking brake lever is fully engaged.

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    Fig. Connect an inductive timing light to the number 1 ignition coil wiring harness-2.5L engine shown, 2.0L engine similar

     

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  11. Connect an inductive timing light to the number 1 ignition coil wiring harness.
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  13. Select the Engine Output Controls feature under Special Functions of the scan tool Diagnostic menu.
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  15. TURN ON the Fixed Spark mode with the scan tool.
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  17. Observe that the Spark parameter on the scan tool data list displays 5 degrees, indicating that the Fixed Spark mode has been activated.
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  19. Inspect with the timing light that the crankshaft pulley notch lines up with the timing pointer, indicating that the timing is correctly set at 5 degrees.
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  21. If the timing marks are not correctly aligned, adjust the ignition timing.
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