Not so fast. To be safe I'd remove timing belt and try to turn the crank. Usually the "hard" spot is compression, but with plugs out there should be no significant resistance. There is some added resistance as the cam lobes approach maximum lift. Also inspect camshaft.So you're saying just force it past the hard spot and it will turn?
You just did. But of course with a long enough breaker bar or ratchet it shouldn't be too bad. He said that he put a new belt on because the old one broke---so he would have to turn each one individually to set timing. I assumed that the combined resistance is giving him trouble, but if that ratchet won't turn the engine I'd suspect something is wrong.Can you explain why that "hard spot", when the plugs are removed?
Not really to resisting a breaker bar. For each cam lobe pressing a valve there's another coming off a valve. A bigger breaker bar is not the answer - especially when the gear turning the cam sprockets is smaller by 2:1 revolutions.You just did.
This shouldn't be an issue for an automatic unless it's an manual, right? Then I can see why it isn't turning.Another thought - is it in neutral?