is an issue that's occurring in many GM motor
s built between 1999 and 2002. It's a loud engine
noise produced by piston
s as they travel up and down the cylinder bore
What causes it:
Piston slap is caused by improper fit of the piston in the cylinder bore. Typically the piston is too small or the bore is too large, making the piston wobble back and forth in the cylinder. When the engine is running this slap can
become very loud and annoying. It makes a regular car engine sound very much like a diesel engine.
The noise that piston slap produces usually clears up as the engine heats up. The pistons expand and fit in the bores more snugly.
The results of piston slap usually lead to increased wear
of the piston, cylinder wall, increased oil consumption, failure to pass exhaust emissions, and eventually Catastrophic engine failure.