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318i timing marks dont have the timing toool need the points of the chain on the cams for 318i

I have set the timing but i think i didnt get it right to the points as i dont have the tool to set the 2 wheels on the cam shaft

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If your gears do not have marks you can pull the # 1 sparkplug, insert a wooden dowel rod, rotate the engine until the piston is TDC.
remove the valve cover on the 1,3,5,7 side and adjust the cam as needed to fully closed valves(compression)

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