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2000 5.3 knock, help diagnosing cause? #4696414
03/16/18 08:17 AM
03/16/18 08:17 AM
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Mc357 Offline OP
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I have a loud knock at cold start up, or after sitting 6-8 hours on cold days.
the truck has over 180k miles.
The sound goes away within a few minutes. It sounds more like a knock than a lifter tick, and seems to deep of a sound for piston slap.
I am running 10w-30 Valvoline synthetic High mileage. here is a video of my truck the other morning.
thanks for any help

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI0T4RsyoAw

Re: 2000 5.3 knock, help diagnosing cause? [Re: Mc357] #4696421
03/16/18 08:23 AM
03/16/18 08:23 AM
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There are alot of threads on here and other forums..i have read about half of them. The consensus is pretty much replace all the lifters or just get used to it.. no ill effects other than just aggravating you to death.


There are also youtube videos of 'fixes' with MMO or ATF or Seafoam etc etc etc..


Last edited by krismoriah72; 03/16/18 08:26 AM.
Re: 2000 5.3 knock, help diagnosing cause? [Re: Mc357] #4696426
03/16/18 08:27 AM
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I thought that problem was limited to the 5.3 w/AFM. Guess not, thats the noise.. a lifter gouging a cam lobe.. Gotta fix it, can't live with.

Is there a check engine light on?


06 Escalade 6.0L LQ9 AWD 165k M1 5w30
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Re: 2000 5.3 knock, help diagnosing cause? [Re: Mc357] #4696429
03/16/18 08:29 AM
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I can see your pressure gage went up to just over 40 psi when you started the engine, which is good. I agree that is stronger than normal GM piston slap. Wondering if one of the lifters is bad.


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: 2000 5.3 knock, help diagnosing cause? [Re: Mc357] #4696430
03/16/18 08:30 AM
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But.. all GM engines have a bit of piston slap cold.. mine did that a little. Got the right oil and filter and its just about gone.

What oil brand and weight and what filter are you using?


06 Escalade 6.0L LQ9 AWD 165k M1 5w30
03 Maxima 3.5L POS 152k ST HM 10w30
Re: 2000 5.3 knock, help diagnosing cause? [Re: Mc357] #4696438
03/16/18 08:35 AM
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18 year old vehicle. Milk it.


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Re: 2000 5.3 knock, help diagnosing cause? [Re: LeakySeals] #4696442
03/16/18 08:37 AM
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Mc357 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: LeakySeals
I thought that problem was limited to the 5.3 w/AFM. Guess not, thats the noise.. a lifter gouging a cam lobe.. Gotta fix it, can't live with.

Is there a check engine light on?

The check engine light comes on if I keep it above 2000 RPMs for very long so if I go down the highway and I go over 70 I will get a flashing check engine then it stays solid if it's very cold out and I'm going 35 or 40 I will also get a check engine if the RPMs go above 2000 for more than a few seconds the code is p0300 random multiple misfire.
I just put new iridium ac Delco in and it did not help

Re: 2000 5.3 knock, help diagnosing cause? [Re: LeakySeals] #4696445
03/16/18 08:40 AM
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Mc357 Offline OP
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I am using Valvoline 10 30 weight high-mileage synthetic.
I just changed the filter the other day to a super tech cheap filter before that I had the AC Delco ecore filter in it the larger of the two
Have only put a couple of thousand miles on this truck since I bought it I was planning on doing frequent oil changes to see if that clears up the problem but it sounds a little louder than a lifter I thought

Re: 2000 5.3 knock, help diagnosing cause? [Re: Mc357] #4696452
03/16/18 08:44 AM
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Hmmm well, it could be piston slap as these engines(especially the larger 6.0/6.2L) were known for piston slap, usually earlier on than 180K miles.
But from the video, it also sounds to my ears like a bearing under the hood that goes away...IDK, alternator bearing and belt???

Last edited by Char Baby; 03/16/18 08:46 AM.

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Re: 2000 5.3 knock, help diagnosing cause? [Re: Mc357] #4696456
03/16/18 08:48 AM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Short pistons rock in the bore till they expand. Nothing gonna stop that.


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Re: 2000 5.3 knock, help diagnosing cause? [Re: Mc357] #4696474
03/16/18 08:58 AM
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I had drain back with Super Tech filters from day one -- went with a Fram Ultra and fixed it on my neighbors Ram. Those 5.3L motors are known for your noise -- I would still get that filter off moving forward.


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Re: 2000 5.3 knock, help diagnosing cause? [Re: Mc357] #4696479
03/16/18 09:06 AM
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It's worth trying 5-30 oil and a Fram Ultra. What was the temperature the morning you started it? I heard it was a bit cold in your part of the woods lately.


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: 2000 5.3 knock, help diagnosing cause? [Re: Mc357] #4696480
03/16/18 09:08 AM
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This is the collapsed lifter eating the cam lobe noise. Sounds more like belt squeal than a rattle or a lifter tick..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zlvz5oLESug


06 Escalade 6.0L LQ9 AWD 165k M1 5w30
03 Maxima 3.5L POS 152k ST HM 10w30
Re: 2000 5.3 knock, help diagnosing cause? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4696484
03/16/18 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted By: Snagglefoot
It's worth trying 5-30 oil and a Fram Ultra. What was the temperature the morning you started it? I heard it was a bit cold in your part of the woods lately.


I stopped using the Ultra on my 6.0 because piston slap got worse. I tried a better flowing lower efficiency filter and that helped a lot.


06 Escalade 6.0L LQ9 AWD 165k M1 5w30
03 Maxima 3.5L POS 152k ST HM 10w30
Re: 2000 5.3 knock, help diagnosing cause? [Re: Snagglefoot] #4696487
03/16/18 09:16 AM
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Mc357 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Snagglefoot
It's worth trying 5-30 oil and a Fram Ultra. What was the temperature the morning you started it? I heard it was a bit cold in your part of the woods lately.


In the 20s I believe. 26 maybe?
I may change my oil again this weekend. It's a shame to dump oil under 3k miles. And I just bought 2.5 gallons of delo 10w30. But I can buy some 5w30 if it may help.
Maybe a napa gold filter?

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