I started my 99 escort up this morning and it had what sounded like the GM pistion slap but it went way for 2 seconds, came back for 2-3 seconds and, went away. it was not consistantly there. I checked the oil and it was fine as always. I use Moble 1 5w-30 and a MC 2005 oil filter. I have never noticed the noise before
It is a 99 ZX2 2L DOHC with 80K miles that have been well maintained
it has not come back now that it has warmed up a little. How hard is the inspection cover to take off. I guess it was temp sensitive?I would find it kinda funny that ford never says change it based on milage anr time. My maintmaince book for my car that came with the owners manual goes back to 120 months=10 years and 120K miles and NEVER spesifies to change the timing belt but I was planing on it in about a month because of funds.