Thank god it's now the following day...
Was out earlier in town and started hearing a strange rattling/scraping/crunching sort of noise from the nearside back corner. Pulled over and took a look and the tyre was totally flat (it was almost worn out anyway, would have been very upset if it had been one of the new Michelins on the front!). ****** great big bolt was jammed in the tread! Put the spare on and carried on my way.
As if I hadn't had enough car trouble for one day, it then started running very roughly, I was getting a horrible judder when I hit the gas in neutral and it was badly hesitating under acceleration. Felt like a mis-fire and the EML had come on.
I called the AA, the guy plugged his diagnostic machine in and told me that it was showing a mis-fire on cylinder 2. He said it was most likely a faulty coil pack.
When I told him that I'd recently had to swap the radiator because of a coolant leak, he said that the leak, combined with a mis-fire, could possibly point to a dodgy head gasket.
Anyone care to comment on this? I know the coolant problem definitely wasn't down to a worn head gasket (I collected the leaked anti-freeze in a bowl as it dripped out of the radiator!).
Anyone else had to replace their coil pack? My car is a 1.8 petrol on an 04 plate.
I did a full service a couple of weeks ago and replaced the spark plugs. New ones came from Halfords, Bosch somethings... Could it be that one is faulty?