Hybrad, the plug you are referring to is different, I believe. The spout connector is unplugged for setting the timing. As far as I know, that plug is always near the distributor.
Re aggressive timing, I once made the mistake of putting on my damper bolt without using an air-tool. Many months down the road and unbeknownst to me, the bolt began to back-off. This allowed enough play between the damper and crankshaft, to allow for some wobble. For quite some time I noticed a HUGE boost in power. (note: took place during warm weather months) Eventually I started experiencing a HUGE power loss, but only on a cold start... then resumed with the huge power boost. Still eventually, the engine got harder and harder to run on a cold start until it got to the point that it would stall unless you baby-sat the accelerator. Not soon after, I had no power at all. Literally had to run 4000RPM just to get it a very slight incline.juggalo said:that's what i'm goin for
i did have it removed once and it does decrese the power some but not rediculously slackin. with the stock ignition timing, u can have the boost at 8 psi before it starts to ping. i'm just wondering if i disconnect the plug then i should be able to run it at 10 psi with no problem.dave8338 said:The 10 degrees before TDC is the base timing setting for my TC. With the spout out (no relation to the timing plug on the scort) the base ignition timing is set to get the car running and work to a base level. You can run with the spout out on a TC and those who set them up for drag racing usually do this to achieve a fixed timing by setting the dizzy where they have the car set to run.
On an Escort...I would think that you could do the same. The only problem would be that when you're not in boost, you would notice a performance decrease and be fixed in the 10 degree timing mode.
Jeff runs his up to 6 psi boost without ANY changes to the timing map, ie stock. Or that's how I understand it anyway. 8)
Same place in the 93's.According to my service manual CD's wiring diagrams, the '97 has an octane adjust plug also.
EDIT I think I found it. There is a plug with a gray component plugged into it. There is a green/white wire and a lt. green/black wire going into this plug, located on the passenger side of the center console, beside the engine computer.