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Ford F350 Pickup i have a 1997 f350 with a 460 stock. what

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i have a 1997 f350 with a 460 stock. what is the timming need to be set at. and is their somethimg under the hood that i have to disconect to time it.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Randall C replied 6 years ago.
Hello, welcome to JA. Below is the info you requested. There is a connector you unplug/remove. It is to be on drivers side and shown in bottom pic over to right in pic called the " spout check connector"

  1. lace transmission in NEUTRAL (M/T) or PARK (A/T) with A/C and heater in OFF position.
  2. Connect an inductive timing light.
  3. Remove the shorting bar from the double wire Spark Out (SPOUT) connector.
  4. Start engine and allow to reach operating temperature. With engine at idle, check or adjust initial timing to 10°Before Top Dead Center (BTDC).

NOTE: To set timing correctly, a remote starter should not be used. Use the ignition key only to start the vehicle. Disconnecting the start wire at the starter relay will cause Ignition Control Module (ICM) to revert to start mode timing after the vehicle is started. Reconnecting the start wire after the vehicle is running will not correct the timing.

  1. Reinstall the shorting bar on the double wire SPOUT connector. Check timing advance to verify distributor is advancing beyond the initial setting.
  2. Remove test instruments.

The Spark Out Check Connector is located at the LH rear of the engine compartment, taped to harness, near ignition control module.
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