I have recently replaced the timing-belt, tensioner and water pump.
The marks are lining up (checked 4x times) and I'm about ready to put everything back together. But I have a concern that I'm hoping I can get some clarity on, first.
I'm a bit worried the internals of the engine e.g. valves, pistons or cylinders have been bent out of shape, during the loosening and tightening(with the locking pin in) of the crank-pulley bolt. Because I was expecting the rotation to be much less stiff after cambelt kit being put on.
I understand there is a compression phase. And at some point in the manual rotation, I can feel the resistance disappears completely. But then - possibly on the compression phase, it becomes what to me is still a little too stiff. I can rotate past it by hand and there is this 'jump' when I do.
Another thing to mention is - I have also tried rotating it to the resistance, rotate back by like 15° and pushed it back a few times to see If I could hear anything.. and I could hear a a sort of light tap or click noise.
I have tried starting the car and it wouldn't start (which now got me a bit worried)
For extra input, when having both cams locked with pins, the intake side pin slots in freely and wiggles about.. compared to the exhaust side - it is tight and requires a few taps with a spanner (used what I had on me).