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Engine doesnt rotate when trying to turn it with a socket

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Make sure that the transmission is in neutral. If you still have difficulty remove the spark plugs, the absence of compression should make it a lot easier.

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If it will not rotate while turning the crank bolt, the engine is seized-but take the plugs out to be certain

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