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if you remove the spark plugs is the turning easier?
OK, it does seem to be a more even resistance- just being a bit cautious with this interferance engine.
The reason why I am being cautious was when I was changing the seal on the crankshaft the tool I had used to lock the crankshaft from moving slipped and the crank moves about 90 degrees around 10 teeth clockwise. to get the camshaft and the crankshaft aligned (the timing belt was not on the car) I rotated the cranshaft counterclockwise to realign with the camshaft.
Yes,I initially had the camshaft and the cranshaft on their respective marks.
When I was working on the cranshaft it would turn really easily- the cam shaft held very steady through the whole timing belt change.
ok the mark was on the top moved clockwise to what position on the clock ?
example was at 12 o clock position and turned to 3 o clock
no you should be fine !!! if it was at least 5 o clock then i would worry!!
you should be fine!!