The method of timing verification shown in this video can be used on any car. Even on old school, non-computer controlled systems. I am also showing in this video how to properly align the timing chains on a 2003 Suzuki Aerio 2.0

Engine Performance Diagnostics chapter 1 pages 17-23

symptoms 50

  • no start with good spark, fuel and compression
  • cylinder head was repaired and timing chains replaced and now the engine will not start

fix 50

  • remove and re-align timing chain (wrong colored link was used on the main chain to align the marks)

test shown enh 50

  • how to determine the cause of a no start condition
  • how to check for spark with a basic spark tester
  • how to verify fuel is getting to the cylinder (propane test)
  • how to test for proper compression
  • how to determine perform a relative compression test
  • how to verify proper ignition timing with a scope
  • how to use an in-cylinder pressure transducer
  • how to set the timing chains properly

Tools used

  • Picoscope (automotive 4 channel kit)
  • Fluke PV350 pressure transducer
  • in-line spark tester

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(Chapter 1) Misfire ID, Compression Tests, Vacuum Leaks, Fuel Trim, Head Gasket, Restricted Exhaust, Low Power, DMM

Related videos:

Honda Civic 1.7 (start, run, stall case study):


How to perform a compression test with a scope (Verus-Vantage):


Jumped timing chain (no compression on 3 cylinders) - GM 3.6:


Broken timing chain with good spark - GM 2.2 (part 1):


Broken timing chain with good spark - GM 2.2 (part 2):


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