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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 04-17-2005, 05:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi,
as i said im changing the timing belt on my 323i. I have taken off the cover, but the problem is i cant see the mark to line the crank up with (i can see the mark on the crank but not the one on the block or were ever the mark is).

So could someone describe or show me a picture of this mark?
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Old 04-25-2005, 03:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ok i changed it and put it all back together but when i turn over the car it backfires (doesnt run at all).

Anybody know whats wrong?
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Old 04-25-2005, 07:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You probably have your camshaft out of allignment, this would cause your backfire and no running. You are going to have to get back in there and make sure that you lined up the camshaft correctly with the piston positions. Usually you set your motor on Top Dead Center (#1 piston at full compression) and then line up the marks on your cam shaft with another mark on the block and maybe the cam sprocket. This procedure is usually described in a bently manual, or just call the dealer and ask a few questions. Good luck
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Old 04-26-2005, 11:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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STOP !!!

Get a decent manual and read and re read the changing the timing belt
section,

2. get some of that purple castrol cleaner and clean the snot
out of your engine first ! so you can see the timing marks!
3. Bring 1 case green bottles to a independent BMW mech,
....then ask a few questions....OK maybe a ton of questions.....

Have a nice day !!
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