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G4+ .... No Ignition Advance

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Not that familiar with Link stuff and have a strange problem. Application is a Ford 5.0 HO ... it runs but there is no ignition advance (as per main ignition table). Base timing setup seems fine, static timing is set at 10 degrees .... zero offset required (its running the original Ford distributor) and triggers are taken from its PIP signal, ignition output from G4 is feed into SPOUT.

The problem is there is no advance at all seen at the engine .... all we get is 10 degrees regardless of rpm although at the same time the Link software on the computer is showing the ignition timing moving around on the main ignition table to around 22-24 degrees but the timing light still shows 10.

One odd thing .... ignition output is always labelled "off" on screen ..yet the engine runs? Have searched thru the menus but can't find any option to turn it on ... it appears to be locked and unchangeable?

I am sure I have missed something basic here but haven't found an info to point me in the right direction ... any thoughts/info appreciated.

ECU is a Link G4+ Atom II


at a guess the ignition module is running the ignition and its not wired to the link to allow control over the advance this may need another dumb module fitted as some of the ford ones will not allow ecu control

Not familiar with Link software, but be sure you aren't in some ignition test mode that locks the timing.

Note this post is more than a year old. Im pretty sure I helped this guy via Link tech support back at the time and I got him to change to a more traditional ignitor. The Ford TFI modules will fire the coil at a fixed timing completely independant of the ECU under certain conditions such as cranking or when the SPOUT signal is missing. For whatever reason we couldnt get that one to switch over to ECU control.

when my name is next to the post i know its cleared lol

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