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Does it seem like the engine is turning over freely with little resistance?
As you turn the engine with a ratchet can you feel six distinctive times where it nearly quits turning?
Can you explain exactly how you put the engine in time?
Have you checked for fault codes?
It was running fine before the belt broke?
Nothing was done besides replace the belt?
What were you doing when the belt broke?
When you crank the engine now it sounds pretty much the same as it did after the belt broke?
No, that's a feature used only on Fords.
Yes, you may be feeling just drag from the pistons in the cylinders, the cam lobes pressing the valves open against valvespring pressure, and the weight of the torque converter will add a little drag too. If you actually had compression you'd be able to tell it just by listening to it when you crank the starter, you'd hear the cylinders coming up on the compression stroke. You'd also feel it clearly as you turn the engine over by hand, as each cylinder came up on compression you'd have a hard time turning the engine past it with a 24" breaker bar or ratchet.