harmonic balancer has resistance in only one spot on 1998 Acura Integra

im replacing the head gasket and a few valves and i noticed while taking off the harmonic balancer that it had resistance in only one spot as i turned it. i repaced all the gaskets and some valves that were burnt, im on the reassembling part now. before i torque the harmonic balancer back i turned the crankshaft to see if the resistance went away and it didnt. my book says that it might be that the valves are contacting the pistons but i dont think so cause it was like that before i did the job, and i dont really want to take the cylinder head back off because the bolts holding it down are one time use stretch bolts $150 for new ones. Any advice

by in Frederick, MD on March 07, 2012
1 answer 4 comments
ANSWER by on March 07, 2012
i assume you have the timing belt on. there should be resistance in 4 areas as you turn unless you have the plugs out. did you do a compression test to verify that there is no more valve failures?? Roy
COMMENT by on March 07, 2012
i havnt done a compression test yet, and i dont hav any of the sparkplugs in yet. i just put the timing belt back on and i understand that it has 4 points of resistance form the camshafts hitting the rockerarms for each cylinder but this resistance i feel is more than nessasary. i hav a compression tester but i dont know how to test it without either running the car witch i cant do yet or pumping air into the cylinder head with i dont have hav a compression tank.
COMMENT by on March 07, 2012
just install the compression tester and crank the motor. it should be 150 or better. Roy
COMMENT by on March 07, 2012
okay ill try that but from what you said earlier i think im just dumb. i went back out and timed wher the resistance was in accordance to witch rocker its hitting and all i was aparently feeling was the resistance from each rocker so im sorry to waist your time with all that. i will still try the compression thing though to make sure. i have one more question. my spockets hav the word up on them, when they r positioned up that means they r (tdc) or top dead center?and is that the position i should try starting the car in?
COMMENT by on March 07, 2012
there should be a mark on the cam gear. if not then the keyway goes straight up. Roy