Jim Grant's Tech Tips
‘99 Ford Escort, Setting Ignition Timing
Q: How do I adjust the ignition timing for a ‘99 Ford Escort?
A: The ignition timing on your Escort is not adjustable. There is a crankshaft position sensor and a camshaft position sensor. The computer uses the information from these sensors to calculate piston position for spark timing. If you think you have a timing problem, you may want to check the timing belt to see if has jumped timing. The timing belt on your vehicle can jump a notch/tooth and still start and run. If this occurs the engine will be lacking power.