In Reply to: Re: I thought the knock sensor advances the (m) posted by Tom M. on March 02, 2001 at 08:38:25:
timing as far as possible, thus higher octane gas would yield more power.
No, it has an optimum setting. If the knock sensor goes off then it retards from that optimum.
It doesn't advance till it hears knocks and then retard a little.
So the writer of the attached message is mistaken when he says "the timing will advance itself to take advantage of the higher octane"?