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Old 07-05-2011, 04:36 PM
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Default 1992 v6 2.9 Timing Issue

I recently bought a 92 Ranger for my son's first vehicle. It needed a tune-up so I installed plugs, cap, and a roter. I've been all over the web trying to find information about setting the timing and determining where #1 plugs goes on the cap. I've got cylinder #1 up and I know I need to position the rotar pointing to #1 on the distributor. Can anyone tell me how to determine what is #1 on the distributor cap?
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:22 PM
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Default Re: 1992 v6 2.9 Timing Issue

Do you remember which side #1 was on, like the driver's or passenger side? The harmonic balancer has a T/C (top center) mark on it that you could reference by turning the crankshaft with a wrench, but if you're not sure where it originally was, you will need to find top dead center. The way to do this is to pull the #1 spark plug out and feel for air coming out when the crank is turned. Line the the T/C mark on the balancer and it's there. Both valves will be closed and the piston will be at the top (no more air pushing out), that is "close enough" to top dead center to get it timed (or find #1).
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:46 AM
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Default Re: 1992 v6 2.9 Timing Issue

Thanks for the advice. I got it running yesterday and forgot to reply. It's running a little rough because the timing is off and I have to figure out a couple vacuums that aren't hooked up.
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Old 07-09-2011, 07:38 AM
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Default Re: 1992 v6 2.9 Timing Issue

yeah, definitely pull the spout and get it set in with a timing light. These engines like around 11-12 degrees BTDC (bump it down if you get pining), but Ford calls for 10 BTDC.

No EGR on that thing, just make sure there are no vacuum taps open to atmosphere from the upper intake until you get them sorted out. common missed one is that charcoal canister line that runs from the very bottom of the TB (very small nipple, hard to see).
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:35 AM
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Default Re: 1992 v6 2.9 Timing Issue

Thanks again. Got it running and running great. Now I just have to tech my son how to drive a stick.
I did mean to ask if anyone knows how to check the transmission fluid in the truck. Can someone point me in the right direction?
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:47 AM
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Think you'll have a M5OD-R1. Need to make sure - this manual transmission takes ATF and not gear oil. Older manual transmissions like the FM series and TK series take gear oil. Should verify by comparing a pic of it. M5OD-R1 also does not have a removable bell housing. There are two plugs on the driver's side. Top one is for filling, bottom is for draining. Fluid level should not be above the top plug.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:00 AM
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Default Re: 1992 v6 2.9 Timing Issue

I'm pretty sure I have a Mitsubishi FM146 D for 1992 2.9L Ranger 4X4.

http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...nsmission.html

What about a filter or some sort of service for it? Any suggestions?
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Old 07-15-2011, 05:43 AM
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Yes, you're probably right. Service is changing the fluid, clutch job. No filter like an auto, FM146 takes 80-90W gear oil. But make sure you know for sure that is what it is, never know who's done what...
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