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    I asked my uncle who's a mechanic and he said it's probably bent valves

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miozu View Post
    I asked my uncle who's a mechanic and he said it's probably bent valves
    Describing a sound isn't easy and spinning wheezing noise could be the sound of a funky starter motor, from the posting on page 1, I would go with your uncle on the sound of bent valves. If you want to know if the engine is turning over and you don't have someone available to watch when you turn the key, or a trained ear handy to hear the sound, a piece of tape on the serp belt will tell you if the starter is turning the crank.

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    The diagnostic tool only came up with P1310 which I'm assuming is only there because I currently have the direct ignition unplugged because of the compression tests. Digger, how can I tell if the starter is turning the crank? I don't believe the serpentine belt moves at all when I try to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miozu View Post
    The diagnostic tool only came up with P1310 which I'm assuming is only there because I currently have the direct ignition unplugged because of the compression tests. Digger, how can I tell if the starter is turning the crank? I don't believe the serpentine belt moves at all when I try to start.
    Slap a piece of masking, or any other tape over the belt and any easy to reach thing that doesn't move and if the tape pulls free you're turning the crank.

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    Digger, it turns out it was cranking, I'm removing the head now and I'll let you guys know how the valves look.

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    Update: 3/4 of my exhaust valves were stuck open(im assuming because bent), and 1/4 of my intake were a little bent.

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    Will be easy to repair.

    Always triple check the timing when doing a cylinder head gasket before cranking the engine over. You should have turned it over by hand by putting a ratchet and socket on the crankshaft pulley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miozu View Post
    Update: 3/4 of my exhaust valves were stuck open(im assuming because bent), and 1/4 of my intake were a little bent.
    Bummer on the bent valves, but not unexpected. Hopefully no piston damage, but damage or not, if the car warrants the work and as easy as it is to drop the pan, might as well clean the sump, replace the pump and re-ring the pistons while you are waiting on the head to get re-valved.

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    geoff 9-3, I've been meaning to ask how I can access the crankshaft to turn it over, it seems out of reach.

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    Take the front wheel off and remove part of the wheel arch liner near the crank shaft pulley.

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