My Malibu 2001 79k miles went into the local GM dealer today with the
dreaded piston slap noise. I bought the car as a GM certified with the
GM warranty good for 85k miles. I have 4k left on the warranty.
The garage told me that an inspector had to come out to look at the car
before or if any work would be carried out.
One of the mechanics I got talking to said the piston slap was a mere
annoyance and that it would not affect the longevity of the engine.
This I can't really believe.
I am wondering if it does get the go ahead to get fixed, should I get
the work carried or should I leave it alone, as why fix something that
isn't really broken. Am I in for more heartache when they rip the
engine out and in putting it back together they don't do too good a
How long does an engine with piston slap last, or is that like asking
how long it a piece of string?
I only have another 4 years to pay on the car and by my reckoning the
engine should it last will have at least 200k on it?
The tight wallet side of me says hell you paid for he warranty, why not
Any thoughts appreciated.