2003 Peugeot 206 - Start up problem

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Jake J92
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For the past couple of days whenever I start the car, it almost immediately stalls, unless I rev it rather high for a few minutes before I start driving. And when I start it sounds rather clunky. Another observation- as weird as it may sound I can hear a lot of liquid sloshing around behind the glove box, which is something I have only noticed in the past week or so. The car does not feel as powerful since this has started happening and has a lot of trouble getting up hill.
I think it could be a coil pack/spark plug issue as it had similar symptoms about a year ago, but I think there must be an underlying issue.

There is also a squeaking noise from around the front drivers side wheel whenever I change gear or go over a speed bump.

Car: Peugeot 206
Year: 2003
Category: Running Rough, Starting & Power Loss
Recalls: Peugeot 206 Recalls
More: Peugeot 206 Problems
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Given the symptoms I'd start with a coolant dye test,
This is a liquid that reacts to combustion gasses in the coolant.
Test is for head gasket faults,
Sounds like some coolant is leaking into one cylinder,
Giving a cylinder miss-fire until the spark plug dries out but still loosing compression,
the low power,
And combustion gasses getting into the coolant so giving air locks in the coolant making the noises as they enter the heater matrix behind the dash.
And the squeak sounds like a dry bottom ball joint.
Bit of a list I know but the coolant dye test is simple and cheap enough and will confirm/ or deny a head gasket fault very quickly.
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