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I am having a hard time getting my 02 pt cruiser on its compression stroke when i line up all my timing marks what am i doing wrong?

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NUMBER 1 PISTON TOP DEAD CENTER WITH DISTRIBUTOR ROTOR POINTING TO NUMBER 1 SPARK PLUG AND BOTH VALVES CLOSED.LOOKING AT TIMING SCALE CRANKSHAFT DAMPER TIMING MARK AT O.ON TIMING SCALE.REMOVE SPARK PLUG NUMBER 1 PLACE FINGER NEAR SPARK PLUG HOLE.WHEN YOU FEEL GUSH OF AIR ENGINE ENTERING COMPRESSION STROKE.SOME MECHANICS USES A SPECIAL WHISTLE WHEN PISTON GET TO COMPRESSION STROKE THE WHISTLE WILL BLOW TO LET YOU KNOW GOING TO COMPRESSION STROKE.

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The compression stroke is relative to the head (actually the position of the valves), so TDC is all the same on the block, the lower end. Just line it up at TDC on #1.

Have you checked for bent valves or broken pistons? If the timing belt broke while it was running, and you have an interference engine, there could be damage from a piston touching a valve.
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I have a funny feeling that you have the belt on wrong. I know, you said the marks line up, but a compression check is easy and just confirms everything. Failing that, could you have the plug wires on wrong...I'm wondering if spark is occurring on the compression stroke or the exhaust stroke, and all this could come back to if the cambelt is on right as well.

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