How to Set the Timing on a 1984 Dodge Charger

The 1984 Dodge Charger featured a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The ignition timing determines when a spark will occur in the internal combustion engine. The Charger has an ignition timing of 12 degrees. You should periodically check the ignition timing of your engine to as part of the maintenance of your Charger. You can set the correct ignition timing with a few tools and mechanical skills. Be careful to not damage any parts of your engine when setting the ignition time.

Tools Used: Timing light, Wrench, Wheel chocks, Jumper cables

Set Timing

Park your Charger in an area with enough space to work on the engine. Power on the engine but turn off any accessories, including the air conditioning/heat and radio.

Exit the car and chock the wheels. Put the transmission in neutral, engage the emergency brake and take the engine to an idle speed of 1100 rpm.

Exit the vehicle with your emergency brake firmly engaged. Allow the rpm to go back to zero. Open the hood.

Connect a timing light to the battery by placing the red clip on the positive terminal first and the black clip on the negative terminal second. Attach the timing light clamp to the number 1 spark plug wire. Shine the timing light on the pulley connected to the main crankshaft of the engine.

Observe where the timing mark on the pulley aligns with the degree tab on the front of the engine to see what the current ignition timing is. You can terminate all operations if the engine already has an ignition time of 12 degrees. Otherwise, move on to the next step.

Loosen the distributor lock-down bolt with your wrench and disconnect the distributor vacuum hose. Plug the distributor vacuum hose into the electronic spark computer. Ground the carburetor switch with jumper cables.

Rotate the distributor with your hand until the timing mark on the pulley aligns with the 12 degree mark before the top dead center tab on the front of the engine.

Unplug the distributor vacuum hose and connect it back into the distributor housing. Tighten the distributor lock-down bolt with your wrench. Remove the jumper cables from the carburetor switch. Close the hood. Remove the wheel chocks.

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