Well after a fruitless weekend trying to figure out why my 2000 sportage wouldn't start I finally sent it down to the dealer to check out the fuel pressure and get them to diagnose the fault.
Well we totally missed the issue and it appears the engine has overheated (wife was driving when it failed....) and the compression on the four cylinders is:
1 - 85 psi 2 - 55 psi 3 - 45 psi 4 - 85 psi
Dealer has advised that they need to remove the head and send it off for analysis before they can confirm if it is the head or the block. I don't fancy letting them do this as if the issue is the block and not the head then the car will be left at the dealers in pieces facing a very hefty engine replacement fee rather than taking it straight down to the local reconditioners which will be about half the cost of getting the dealer to replace the engine.
Is damage to the head or block any more likely in an over heating situation and is there any way to establish if the head or block is damaged without removing the head?
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