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We have a '97 Polo 1.6 which we have been told by a garage has an engine which is hard to turn over (stiff) or is seised.

Car was driving fine and turned off ok but when tried to start again after 30 minutes it acted like it was missfiring on a number of cylinders. Mechanic says it very hard to turn the engine by hand and something is seising in the engine. Could it have slipped a tooth on the timing belt/chain?

Car has previously had a thermostat fail causing an engine overheat which burst the head gaskget. Engine had oil and water ok at the time of stopping though.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
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