There's a proper time for everything. Driving through an intersection just a little too soon or too late can have devastating results. Igniting the air/fuel mixture compressed in your cylinders too early or too late can also have damaging consequences. Hard cranking, poor performance, detonation, overheating, and, worst of all, engine damage can all occur if ignition timing is set incorrectly. But with the proper tools, adjusting your ignition timing to its optimum setting can add power, performance, and driveability. With a good timing light and an understanding of how to set timing, better performance is available at almost no cost. So open that hood and let's get started.