How do you know if it is a piston My 2002 Ford Focus starts but has a very loud noise afraid to drive it

Asked by Nov 13, 2014 at 08:23 AM about the 2002 Ford Focus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My focus was in pretty good shape...then when into store..came out started but had a very loud noise...was afraid to drive do you know if it a piston

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Well since we can't hear what you're hearing over the internet, I would have it towed to a REPUTABLE mechanic. Have him/her listen to it and go from there.


Is it smoking? Rattling? Shaking? It's unlikely a piston, more likely it's a timing issue.

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