There is no way of advancing or retarding the spark timing on this vehicle .. it is all Computer controlled .. you could try removing and cleaning/replacing the CKP (crankshaft position sensor) .. sometimes if this is dirty or worn it sends faulty signals to the PCM(computer)
Coil Pack System
The EI system consists of a CKP sensor, coil pack(s), related wiring and PCM. The CKP sensor is used by PCM to indicate crankshaft position and speed by sensing a missing tooth on a pulse wheel mounted on crankshaft. The coil pack receives the signal from the PCM to fire at a calculated spark target. Each coil within the pack fires 2 spark plugs at the same time.
The plugs are paired so one plug is fired on the compression stroke, and the other plug fires the mating cylinder, which is on the exhaust stroke. On the next cycle, firing is reversed.
On single 4-tower coil pack applications (4-cylinder), the matched cylinder pairs are No. 1 and 4, and No. 2 and 3.
The PCM acts as an electronic switch to ground in the coil primary circuit. When the switch is closed, positive battery voltage applied to the coil primary circuit builds a magnetic field around the primary coil. When the switch opens, power is interrupted and the primary field collapses inducing high voltage in the secondary coil winding and the spark plug is fired.
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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 AT 6:23 AM