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Re: Timing's not too advanced, it's too retarded...
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Posted by Dycast [Email] (more from Dycast) on Sat, 14 Nov 2020 07:12:50 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Timing's not too advanced, it's too retarded..., Street, Sat, 7 Nov 2009 12:25:16
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I know this is a long time after my original posting, but just in case anyone else runs across this problem, I wanted to give the answer, which is to me now obvious after re-reading my original posting, however moving from my 69 Chevelle NA car to this one and having little experience at the time, it was a mere oversight.

The answer is that I had set the timing via distributor to TDC, figuring that was close enough, as it would have been on my 69 Chevelle, DEAD WRONG. These cars, due to being Turbo, run at 16 BTDC (Before Top Dead Center) so in effect, it WAS to advanced.

I actually got my Dad's help at the time, and we towed it down to our semi-local Saab specialist, who was very helpful, and walked me thru checking it over. We first checked the chain, as it's quite simple to do, and he said that he had seen seasoned Saab Techs numerous times get it off by a tooth, he also helped with making the marks on the flywheel so it could easily be checked, chain was dead on and he complemented that. Next we checked it again running, bingo, still seeing the white TDC mark via gun, not the Red mark he had already also placed at 16 BTDC, adjusted dist. to that one and tightened, and off I went FLYING down the road, full power, no overheating red Turbo.

Not possible to make that mistake on newer models like my 1993 9000 I now have, but if you have a distributor, don't overlook that part, or like me, think TDC is close enough, as it's only close enough as in it will fire up and not miss. It will not be happy driving down the road!

-Dycast

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