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Old 09-10-2012, 21:23   #1 (permalink)
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'98 ZX2 engine chirping noise, belt? NO!

My daughter's (new to us) 98 ZX2 came with a chirping noise. I assumed belt tensioner or the infamous timing belt. After much searching on various forums, I found it was not belt related at all.

It is the round crankcase breather filter, part number FA-1661. Gets clogged and the back pressure makes it wheeze with a high pitched squeal.

To verify, just start the car, wait a minute for the squeal, then remove the oil filler cap. If the noise goes away, that's your problem.

Only Ford or on-line supppliers carry the filter. Takes 15 seconds to replace. My dealer had it for $19. Rock Auto had it for $11.

Hope this helps someone else!
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:42   #2 (permalink)
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Re: '98 ZX2 engine chirping noise, belt? NO!

Thanks for info . Most people like yourself would think of belt noise but this would be a far simpler cure and easy check .Might help other members with similar complaints .
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:56   #3 (permalink)
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Re: '98 ZX2 engine chirping noise, belt? NO!

Yep. As the PCV sucks in and there is no way to vent elsewhere it will pull the crankcase into a vacuum.
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