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Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:36 AM

It turns out that the timing was the reason it didn't pass smog. Took it to a repair station and they passed it but he said that the Timing Plate was missing. I'm not sure what that is but apparently it is attached to the water pump. I replaced the water pump last year but don't remember seeing anything. Anyone know what this is and where I can get one? Any help is appreciated.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:50 AM

The timing plate us used to adjust/set the your engine's ignition timing. Your shop manual should have details on what type of timing plate and markings your specific engine has.

Basically, there are two different timing configurations:

One is a groove or notch on the harmonic balancer that works in conjunction with the timing plate attached to the timing chain cover. The timing plate has graduations that usually read 0^^^^5^^^^10.

The other is a pointer attached to the timing chain cover and the markings are stamped onto the harmonic balencer.

You should be able to find one at a Pick-your-part or Ecology Auto Wrecking yard. If that comes up fruitless, try online sources. If worse comes to worse, you can always fabricate something that will work. The biggest difficulty is to line up the notch/mark on the balencer with the fabricated plate/pointer so that "0" is top-dead-center on the #1 cylinder.

Let me know if you need more help.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:09 AM

Thank you Mark, I guess I have t go to Pick A Part. I have 2 years to find one. Since I have a 368 engine (6.0L) I have to find the same.

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The timing plate us used to adjust/set the your engine's ignition timing. Your shop manual should have details on what type of timing plate and markings your specific engine has.

Basically, there are two different timing configurations:

One is a groove or notch on the harmonic balancer that works in conjunction with the timing plate attached to the timing chain cover. The timing plate has graduations that usually read 0^^^^5^^^^10.

The other is a pointer attached to the timing chain cover and the markings are stamped onto the harmonic balencer.

You should be able to find one at a Pick-your-part or Ecology Auto Wrecking yard. If that comes up fruitless, try online sources. If worse comes to worse, you can always fabricate something that will work. The biggest difficulty is to line up the notch/mark on the balencer with the fabricated plate/pointer so that "0" is top-dead-center on the #1 cylinder.

Let me know if you need more help.

Later,
Mark

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