Ok, so here's the situation. My timing belt broke while i was rolling down the road. car stalled. After much research and work, i discovered that the head needed to be rebuilt, as there was valve damage. Fast forward to today. I just finished setting the timing on the engine after putting it all back together. When i set TDC for the pistons, i did it with the head off the engine, watching the piston and the line on the flywheel. After the engine was back together with everything looking correct, and i set the timing (thinking it was correct), i attempted a start but it just coughed and cranked. no ignition. I'm afraid that i set the timing incorrectly. I only found one mark on the flywheel. There is only one mark on the cam sprocket that lines up with a mark on the valve cover. After tensioning the belt, i re-checked to make sure all lines were still on. Everything looked lined up perfectly. When i re-installed the harmonic balancer on the crank sprocket, the timing mark lined up with the mark on the lower timing belt cover. I did a compression test post attempted start and it registered 30psi.
Here are the big questions i have here: What is the compression gauge supposed to read for this engine? How can i be certain that I was on the compression stroke and not exhaust stroke when i set the crank to TDC? What should i do now?
The car is a 2000 Jetta GLS 1.8t AWD 5spd.