Have been doing weekly 300 mile round trips to work in the last few months, so decided to give the car a well overdue check up. Prior to that i was doing daily 50 mile round trips to work.
Coolant was near empty, and the oil dipstick registers no oil, just chunks of nasty looking brown stuff. I opened the main oil cap and there is no evidence of brown gunk inside, or on the cap.
I have read up about this on here and am now aware that this could be the headgasket on its way out.
I went to halfords, and on the advice of the assistant purchased a purple can of stuff that should help clean out the brown crap, as well as some oil and coolant.
I assume an oil change and replacement oil filter would be a good idea?
I suppose what im asking is how likely it is that its the headgasket, or hopefully something less severe caused by a combination of the lack of oil & coolant, weather and/or recent long trips.?
Suffice to say, i feel like a complete pillock for not checking everything sooner