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My 1989 honda civic recently failed functional check becauhe mechanic saied he could nnot find any btiming marks on the balancer. is there timing marks on 1989 hondas aned should my car be exempt for this part of the smog check?

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There there they probably just are not as easy to see as they once where. here will be a pointer on the timing cover and there will be four notches on the balancer, three close together and on space a little further than the other three. At one time the center notch in the three grouped together was red.

The balancer may need to be cleaned a little with some sandpaper to make them visible but they should be there.

The other think that comes to mind is there might be a rubber plug in the transmission under the distributor. Some of the older honda engines had this, I don't remember of hand which ones. When you remove the plug you will see the notches and timing marks.

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