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2003 subaru forester cranks but no fire / no start

I have 2003 forester where i'm getting no fire - i have replaced the ignition coil pack and still nothing everything else seems to be working

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    Will not budge even if you turn the steering wheel. Seems locked in place.

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If the timing belt is broken or has lost some teeth then you will get no fire. Some models have an inspection port that you can see the belt through. Have someone try to start engine while you watch timing belt. If belt is stationary or moves in jumps then this is your problem.

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