OK , it all started yesterday afternoon when i was coming home from work , i could smell coolant. I pull over at the nearest servo and opened the bonnet to find coolant pissing out all over my engine bay. There was a pin sized hole(well many pins) in the lower part of the thermostat housing. I had no coolant left in the tank however the temp guage appeared "normal".
I filled it up with water and nursed it home. By the time i got home it had developed a missfire and was running like shit.
Thismorning i patched the hole in the lower thermostat housing up (until i can get the new part) and go to start it , it kicks over after a while of cranking. When it gets going it runs like crap at idle(and yea there was quite a bit of water coming out of the exhaust) but ran as smooth as normal at about 2000RPM+...
Another thing that freaked me out was that when it was running i could smell sompthing burning - bad. And a litte smoke from the engine bay , i look underneath the car and the cat is glowing RED hot. I turned the car off straight away.
About an Hour later i go to start it again and nothing , wont start. But whats even stranger is that every 5 seconds the starter gets stuck and stops turning like the engine builds up to much compression or sompthing.
Ive ran out of ideas , Im hoping its not a Head hasket but its looking that way. Could the missfire be caused by the coolant that was pissing out on the dizzy? The engine is still getting spark as far as i know. Any other ideas?
Sorry bout the long post guys.
Ps its a manual I6 with 160Kms
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