Timing experts (or not) - I need your opinion/advice!
Okay, for those who may have been actively reading the General Discussion boards lately, you'll know I replaced the head gasket on my 2000 2.5L.
Not that I've gotten it all put back together, I'm suspecting my timing is off a degree or two....so here are the symptoms.
(I'm posting this in General because it's a timing-related quesiton, not so much a 4-cylinder question)
HORRIBLE idle - sputters and stumbles around the RPM's until it dies, unless I keep pressure on the throttle to keep the RPM's up.
Neutral Revving - in an effort to keep it running, I would shift to neutral only to hear the RPM's rise to a suspected (no tach) 3K RPM's.
Valve train noise - sounds like the valves are bottoming out on the pistons, or something is clanking around inside the combustion chamber.
GREAT performance at regular speeds - while traveling down the road it runs good and smooth, until I release the throttle.
Vacuum leak sound - can't pinpoint it just yet, as I haven't taken a good look at it yet; but it sounds like it would if I had left my brake booster vacuum line disconnected, and it runs like it too!
I got a check-engine light, so I got the codes read to find out it's a P0171 - Bank 1 is too lean.
Does this mean I have my ignition wires crossed, or my timing is off a bit???
Thanks for any help or advice! I thought I had my timing lined up when I put tension on the timing belt, but evidently it's off a tooth or two???
The Black Beast 5.0
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2000 Ranger Sport - 5.0L V8 - 8.8 LS rear