Perhaps this would’ve been a good post for a Throwback Thursday.

Fact is this video has been around for a while, but it’s still one of the more comprehensive tutorials on an oft-misunderstood topic: setting ignition timing. Chances are you know that ignition timing can affect engine power and performance, fuel economy, and even engine longevity. You may also know that improper timing can lead to engine vibration and costly damage.

But do you know the basic theory behind ignition timing? Or the differences between initial timing and total timing? Or how to make proper timing adjustments?

This MSD video covers all that, making it a must-watch for newbie gearheads who have never picked up a timing light. It’s also a good review lesson for seasoned wrench-turners looking to revisit the basics.

Check it out:

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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.