Originally Posted by Big Block Ford
Would be safest not to start it unless you really have to. Sounds like the headgasket might be gone which a compression test may confirm.
Water coming from the back of the engine could be a couple of things including the head gasket. If there is any water tubing or a freeze plug back there then they could also be the source.
i checked the levels this morning when cold. The water was empty (not unusual because of the leak) and the oil was about 1/2 inch over the top notch. Still higher than it was a couple of weeks ago when I checked it.
I filled the water reservoir up and I did try and start it.
I could hear the starter motor turning but the engine didn't turn. (Well... I could hear SOMETHING turning. I just assume it was the starter motor) uh oh.
I had a look under the timing belt cover and I could see that the timing belt was in place at the top of the cogs. I'm guessing I wouldn't have seen it at all if it had broken.
I don't know what would cause the starter not to engage other than the bendix sticking or the engine seized.
I'm getting very worried now as I'm thinking it's more than a head gasket problem.