BMW Coupes and Sedans 1970-1988 Repair Guide

Timing Marks


Timing marks consist of a notch on the rim of the timing hole in the flywheel housing and a steel ball pressed into the flywheel itself. The notch corresponds to the position of the piston in the number 1 cylinder. A stroboscopic (dynamic) timing light is used, which is hooked into the circuit of the No. 1 cylinder spark plug. Every time the spark plug fires, the timing light flashes. By aiming the timing light at the timing marks, the exact position of the piston within the cylinder can be read, since the stroboscopic flash makes the mark on the pulley appear to be standing still. Proper timing is indicated when the notch is aligned with the steel ball on the flywheel.