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Stuck valves no compression....

So got this car needing a head gasket change, car ran before an now after the two idiots that replaced the gasket were done the car dont start, needless to say I took over. So I've spent a week cleaning up their mess.. missing bolts, bolts in wrong place, smashed pins on all spark plugs..( gee but they checked the compression an said it was fine...ya right) how could you miss that... im pointing all this out mainly because these are two men claiming to know cars and im a girl tought by my father and aided by google and you tube, an I know why the car dont start... anyways did the compression check myself and found the back three have 0 the front 3 have 30 90 30 so off with the valve...i found ....hmmmm excuse the female lingo here but its like a bearing that just sits on the spring for the valves anyways it was just chillen inside under the cover so i put it back where it belongs and my common sence tells me no compression means my valves are stuck open... sorry for the drawn out story im just really dumb founded here about this whole situation...these aint no youngsters either their grown my real question is how im to unstick the valves and their caked a bit with crud from haven a blown head gasket before im sure...anyways thanks for taken the time to read my story...

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The only way is to check the valve cam clearances. If they are correct then the valves will need reseating which means taking the head off and grinding them in or replace them if too burnt. If too tight the valves won't close properly. It could of course be worn piston rings. Pouring a small amount of engine oil in through the spark plug holes will show increased compression if it is piston ring issues.

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yes it is very possilbe that it bent the valves as these cars do that when the timing belt goes. i reccomend taking off the head and taking it to a machine shop to eveluate. it is easier and cheaper as you do not have the proper equipment to do so. also replace water pump and head gasket as well. nothing is wrong with the bottom end of the motor. it is the head

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SOURCE: New valve cover gaskets,plugs, and wire result in engine light...

if you removed spark plugs with oil around them,oil would have got into cylinders and made new plugs wet and not fire just burnt off oil and started working set a misfire code because of this most likely

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