Causes of Incorrect Spark Timing

On systems that use the ECM to compute ignition spark advance, there are only two conditions which are likely to cause spark timing to be incorrect; initial timing or a false input signal to the ECM.

The first step in troubleshooting emissions and driveability concerns should always include a quick check of initial ignition timing. Any error in initial timing will be reflected throughout the entire spark advance curve.

If engine load is miscalculated because of incorrect input signals, spark advance angle will not be appropriate for engine operating conditions. This will result in driveability and emission problems. Refer to course 850 for additional information on spark advance strategy.

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Do It Yourself Car Diagnosis

Do It Yourself Car Diagnosis

Don't pay hundreds of dollars to find out what is wrong with your car. This book is dedicated to helping the do it yourself home and independent technician understand and use OBD-II technology to diagnose and repair their own vehicles.

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment