My friend has a MK 2 Volkswagen golf with a MK 3 2.0L SOHC engine swapped in it and it runs of a charge distributor. He complains about having timing issues after a mechanic twisted his charge distributor a couple of times with sometimes the red line of the engine randomly moving to only 5K and sometimes 7k without a warning. He says when it redlines at 5K he can feel the engine becoming more responsive.

I tried to look at a mark at the crank pulley to adjust the timing with my timing light but could not find anything. How can the timing be adjusted on such engine?

Edit: trying to rephrase this question, how can you tell at which angle is the spark firing in old cars with distributor rotor

  • Is this the ABA engine, or? Jun 26 '17 at 18:05
  • I believe this is the ADY
    – method
    Jun 26 '17 at 18:08
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    this is for a US ABA engine but it may be helpful. dropbox.com/s/wcp0bycftijznyd/tdc%201.pdf?dl=0 AFAIK ignition timing cannot be adjusted on US ABA engines.
    – Ben
    Jun 30 '17 at 21:08
  • it was indeed helpful my only issue is now removing the plug it seems like it is stuck is there any special tool for it?
    – method
    Jul 1 '17 at 11:52

Friend of my had a jetta and he used to getting red catalytic converter. Mechanic help him with a timing he said. Somewhere are marks between engine and transmission. There should be a plate or a hole under or on the top where U can see. So much if I could help.

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