re. 88 Audi 5000 *SUCCESS* at last !

Ben Swann bswann at
Wed Aug 14 10:17:29 EDT 2002

I though timing was not adjustable on the NG setup.  AFAIK - either the
distributor is "in window" or is not.  Timing gets advanced and retarded by
the ECU based on RPM and load conditions.

Of course the setup will be most reliable if in dead center of the window.
 Unless the timing belt were installed correctly causing the distributor to
have move with respect to all else, or someone messed with it before, the
distributor is not adjustable.

Please advise if this is not correct.


>Don't see any mention of timing in your list.  Has Jim checked the
>timing belt and distributor position with a timing light?  Normal
>timing is 15 deg BTDC.  Huw Powell says timing can be advanced to 20
>deg BTDC and I've run that with no problems.  The ignition is
>totally electronic, distributor hall sensor actually triggers 60
>degrees BTDC and ignition module retards the appropriate amount
>based on knock detected.  HP for the NG engine is 130 HP and should
>have plenty of pep with a manual transmission as in my NG equipped
>Coupe GT, much softer as in my Mom's 100 Avant.

Thanks everyone for all of the many suggestions.   We sure are
learning a lot here!

My good pal and hubby finally dug my timing light out and loosen the
distributor.  Sure enough when he moved it up it ran much better.
It didn't sound just right at 20, so he moved it to about 22 on my
recommendation of how it sounded.]

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