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Hello, I have a 1998 Subaru Forester ej25d that had a timing belt pulley bearing explode and I believe it fell out of time and that I have bent valves. After purchasing a new timing belt and pulley set and have all timing marks aligned, I still can't get the Old Subie to turn over. I get a backfire pop that I belive is the fuel/air mixture seeping into the throttle body and igniting.

Any advice and info is appreciated, but my next step is to get a compression tester and crank it to confirm my suspicions before yanking the engine out.

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Sounds like you're not getting a seal on the compression stroke, so yes, it I would guess you have a bent valve or gouged seat to me....hopefully not the latter as its more difficult/expensive to deal with.

One other thing you could do is get a borescope and inspect the valve seats from the spark plug holes. If you think you're gonna junk the car if you need to buy new heads, it would at least save you the hassle of a teardown.
 
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