Thank you for the input. I was seeing the same with gasket thickness and also you did put it into perspective with no hole gasket. Now on to figuring out why stock ALH pistons and a decket block still gives me low readings.
Sorry for making it complicated. These engines are simple but my issues is not simply resolved. I been putting a lot of effort into figuring out the smoke and every time I get recommendations it's always regarding injectors, ignition timing, mechanical timing or glow plugs. All these systems...
Depending reason why you are removing it at this time I'll assum you are replacing wheel bearing. Use a three jaw puller. Put tension on the spindle and what you may find is the axle splines free up or at least the hub comes off eliminating what's been holding it. Only draw back is if you are...
Update. Pulled the cylinder head to measure piston protrusion. Readings are in inches.
1 notch 0.035-0.039
2 notch 0.039-0.043
3 notch 0.043-0.047
Would the difference I am finding cause my start up smoke?
Sounds like bunch of crap to me. Did they give you any further info? Did you pull any codes yourself? Could be better to get codes before you spend any money. Check on here for related issues after getting the history codes. Make sure to get second opinion as well.
If you have a DTC scanner and are able to communicate with ECU I would try to crank it. If it still does not than use a piece of wire to jump the starter solenoid. Tap on the starter if it's only clicking. This may get it to start rotating and maybe will start the engine.
Is the pump staying on to long or is it making bad sounds? It could be going out if it is giving off grinding sound. You can use compressor and regulator set to low pressure. Unplug at the pump and apply pressure. Move around to hear for source of leak.
Check vehicle speed sensor. Cluster uses vss to prevent gauge from jumping around when braking, accelerating and turning. Signal being left out will result in cluster reading Empty once car starts moving.