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Old 04-10-2018, 03:22 PM
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Hey guys, hope I get can some guidance as to some good threads for mechanical issues. Just bought a really rough 83 320i that hasn't ran in about a year and a half so I'm starting from square one.

The previous owner is a friend who tells me he thinks it jumped timing but he isn't a mechanic.... It turns over. I checked for spark. That checked out albeit a weak spark.

My next move is the distributor, my dumb self didn't mark the plug wires before i took them off the plugs. Can anyone tell me where 1 is on the distributor. I know it fires 1-3-4-2 ccw but I'm just not where to start at. 4 is marked but I don't know if it's the wire to the right or left of it that it is indicating. Also I noticed the vacuum line to the distributor is gone so I'll have to figure out where I'm supposed to run that.

Have mercy on me mods I tried searching. I'm new to old bmws and this forum.
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Old 04-10-2018, 03:40 PM
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The 4 is at the top.
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Old 04-10-2018, 03:49 PM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest!

Bless your heart, trying to use the search function. Unfortunately, it's not working right now. Bimmerfest got migrated to the Google Cloud, and the search function hasn't worked since. The IT people are supposed to be fixing it, but it's been weeks and no change.

The attached screen shot may or may not help with the distributor vacuum line. I'm looking for the plug wire diagram for the distributor cap, but so far, no joy.
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