Question about 1999 BMW 323 Series
First of all, you probably don't want to have it on Top Dead Center ("TDC") ....
You need some "advancement" for the plug to "spark" Before TDC.
Best to use a Timing Light (looks like a ray gun from the future)...
The Harmonic balance (big pulley at lower part of engine) has a timing mark on it and a "scale" for that mark is on the engine block.
With the engine running / warm / idle, the timing light should show 8 degrees Before TDC ( 8 degrees BTDC).
The "manual" way, w/o a timing light will take an hour or so:
1. remove sparkplug from #1 cylinder.
2. Crank engine for one or two "clicks" (a tenth of a second, or less)
3. Check cylindar to see if cylinder head is at its highest point.
4. Need I go on??
5. Keep "clicking" ignition until you are sure that cylinder #1 is on top.
6. When it is, that means that the cylinder, hence the engine, is in Top Dead Center position.
7. The timing mark will be 8 degrees AFTER TDC. (8 degrees ATDC)
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ok, a shop can check it for you, maybe free...
I hope this helps...
Posted on Sep 09, 2009
Remove no 1 spark plug and insert a long screw driver (make sure it cann't drop into cylinder ) then turn engine over by hand carfully when the screw driver is at it's highest point thats tdc
Posted on Sep 09, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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