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98 integra distributor help

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yes i know its not an RSX, but i am in a bind. i have asked in several places with no assistance. i know there is a huge knowledge base on this site and am hoping that someone might have an idea of where to go.

basically a friends 98 teg will not start. after a lot of trouble shooting i found that the distributor is not turning when he tried to crank it. i pulled the distributor and when not connected to the motor i can turn the wheel myself so its not the distributor... it seems to be the gear inside the head that is not turning the distributor. anyone have any suggestions on how to go about getting this fixed? if it was my car i'd tear it apart... but its not so i dont want to get too involved incase i get over my head.

any assistance is welcomed.

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Timing belt has broken, your buddy is fucked.
u sure? my question would be that if the chain is broken shouldnt the gear inside the head be able to be turned by hand or with a bit of force? its still rock hard and cant move it at all.... or are there just too many moving parts for it to grab?

The distributor drive slots directly into the end of the intake cam.

You wouldn't be able to turn it by hand, there is too much resistance from the valve springs, etc...
You may be able to get away with just swapping the head, but you'll have to at least pull it to find out.

Since I'm never one to say never, you should start by removing the top of the timing belt cover to confirm that it is indeed broken.
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