Question: would a failing (starting to fail...) head gasket prevent the car from starting normally? Perhaps due to a lack of proper pressure, especially when cold?
Had the Pic (2003 2.0 HDi) running earlier this week for about 2km, couple of blocks between traffic lights, lots of white smoke on pull away. less when the engine was at normal temp at the end of the trip. Can't get it to start & run now. Engine turns, but doesn't start.
Any suggestions on how and what to check for tell tale signs on head gasket issues while the car is not running? If it is the gasket, it hasn't gone completely yet, probably on it's way out soon.