Does your 5.3 do this?

northcreek

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Sometimes when I turn the igniton switch to the on position I will hear a pop and it sounds like backfire at the intake,not real loud but still audible inside.Otherwise it runs fine,great mileage with no issues.
Anybody's 5.3 doing this:confused:Mike
 

RayVoy

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Nov 20, 2011
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I suspect you have a little fuel leak that is exploding as the engine starts.

Probably an injector leaking.

Try a bottle of injector, or top end, cleaner in the next tank of gas.
 

RZAwora

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Apr 15, 2012
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Mike,
I have an 06 with the same engine. I don't think mine makes this sound, as I haven't ever heard any kind of noise like what you are referring to. Good luck in finding the problem/fix. Rick
 

n0kfb

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Dec 8, 2011
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This almost sounds like what mine does, and has done, since new.

It is kind of a 'honk' that happens just as the engine initally fires. I don't hear this in normal warm-weather temperatures, and it is more pronounced when the temperature is below zero.

-- Dan Meyer :coffee:
 

northcreek

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RayVoy said:
I suspect you have a little fuel leak that is exploding as the engine starts.

Probably an injector leaking.

Try a bottle of injector, or top end, cleaner in the next tank of gas.

Ray, It's not when I start it,this happens when the switch is placed in the on position.As for cleaners,the manual is emphatic about not using injector cleaners or other fuel additives and I suspect that the Placebo effect is the thinking behind many of these "solutions in a can" fixes but that's just me and I appreciate your and other member comments.
I'll keep poking around and let you know if I find the cause of this gremlin...Mike.:thumbsup:
 

Wooluf1952

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Nov 20, 2011
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Just a thought:

Are you sure it's coming from the engine compartment?

The doors for the HVAC, under the dash, might be making noise.
 

RZAwora

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Wooluf1952 said:
Just a thought:

Are you sure it's coming from the engine compartment?

The doors for the HVAC, under the dash, might be making noise.

I have had this sound before and would say this could be a high possibility of what you're hearing. It happens mainly when the HVAC is set on AUTO and the truck has been sitting awhile. It makes a little pop as the doors close to adjust for difference of operation from when the vehicle was parked.

northcreek- have you ever had someone stand outside to see if the noise is coming from outside? you have to remember our cabins are pretty sound-tight, so if you're hearing it inside, it would be pretty loud outside. I'm wondering if this may be the cause of your noise? I'd say test it out by always setting the HVAC to OFF when you park your truck and see if the noise goes away. GL
 

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northcreek

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Well with the aid of my son's better ears, the pop that Iam hearing is coming from my OEM door speakers.This is with the radio/nav system off and the system has not been modified in any way.
It would seem that as the ignition system is energized it somehow powers the speakers,this occurs as you first enter the spring return portion ignition switch (or start).
I can live with this now since I know that it's not engine related....thanks for all of your suggestions and help:thumbsup:Mike.
 

RayVoy

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Turning off the radio does not turn off the speakers.

Along with the "radio" portion of the audio system, the Onstar and the chimes (for alerts) are always on when the key is turned on.

In fact, Onstar may work when the key is off.

The "key on" function actually wakes up the audio module (along with a lot of other modules), the power to the audio system is always hot.

The "pop" your hearing, is the system waking up.
 

northcreek

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RayVoy said:
Turning off the radio does not turn off the speakers.

Along with the "radio" portion of the audio system, the Onstar and the chimes (for alerts) are always on when the key is turned on.

In fact, Onstar may work when the key is off.

The "key on" function actually wakes up the audio module (along with a lot of other modules), the power to the audio system is always hot.

The "pop" your hearing, is the system waking up.

Thanks Ray,that's good stuff to know and it makes perfect sense now,,Mike.
 

lynch55

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Dec 14, 2011
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:crazy:Don't you just love it when you realize it's not the engine?:wootwoot: My 05 Silverado don't do that, but I have to change out the knock sensor as my check engine light is on and that's what my scanner told me. Why in the hell would you put a knock sensor under the damn intake? Oh I get it, it's so they can charge an exorbitant price for the fix!:mad:
 

jimmyjam

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lynch55 said:
:crazy:Don't you just love it when you realize it's not the engine?:wootwoot: My 05 Silverado don't do that, but I have to change out the knock sensor as my check engine light is on and that's what my scanner told me. Why in the hell would you put a knock sensor under the damn intake? Oh I get it, it's so they can charge an exorbitant price for the fix!:mad:
they moved to the bottom rear of the block the next year. removing the intake isn't too bad though
 

lynch55

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jimmyjam said:
they moved to the bottom rear of the block the next year. removing the intake isn't too bad though

:hissyfit:It's a pain in the arse though, it's been two of them done here in the last month by my son-in-law, he's a really good mechanic and very reasonable!:biggrin:
 

northcreek

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lynch55 said:
:crazy:Don't you just love it when you realize it's not the engine?:wootwoot: My 05 Silverado don't do that, but I have to change out the knock sensor as my check engine light is on and that's what my scanner told me. Why in the hell would you put a knock sensor under the damn intake? Oh I get it, it's so they can charge an exorbitant price for the fix!:mad:

jimmyjam said:
they moved to the bottom rear of the block the next year. removing the intake isn't too bad though

Yes Iam very happy that it is not an engine problem,Iam not as familiar with the new generation GM V8s,I cut my teeth on the original SBC engines so the 5.3 is all new to me but,seems to be a worthy replacement for old small block.
My son changed several (under manifold)knock sensors on his old 5.3 and I'm glad that they changed the position of them.True that it isn't the worst job but,seems unnecessary given that they originally (on the SBC) were on the outsides on the block:crazy:....Mike.
 

fiberop1

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Jun 19, 2012
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there is a snap, pop however u want to call it when I turn my key on. It's the fuel pump. Deadhead system right? Heard it since new.. 2006
 

McGMT

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northcreek said:
Well with the aid of my son's better ears, the pop that Iam hearing is coming from my OEM door speakers.This is with the radio/nav system off and the system has not been modified in any way.
It would seem that as the ignition system is energized it somehow powers the speakers,this occurs as you first enter the spring return portion ignition switch (or start).
I can live with this now since I know that it's not engine related....thanks for all of your suggestions and help:thumbsup:Mike.

There is a bulletin about this pop sound... Lemme find it real quick and ill post it for ya...

Well of course it wont let me print it and I am not on my PC to do a screenshot BUT its bulletin# 06-08-44-021B Just says the usual, "this is a normal operating characteristic of the vehicle, no repairs are necessary." And that if you just rapidly start with no pause between it won't do it, "This is caused by a drop in voltage yadda yadda I aint typin it all out cuz it doesn't matter anyways hahah :thumbsup:
 

northcreek

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McGMT said:
There is a bulletin about this pop sound... Lemme find it real quick and ill post it for ya...

Well of course it wont let me print it and I am not on my PC to do a screenshot BUT its bulletin# 06-08-44-021B Just says the usual, "this is a normal operating characteristic of the vehicle, no repairs are necessary." And that if you just rapidly start with no pause between it won't do it, "This is caused by a drop in voltage yadda yadda I aint typin it all out cuz it doesn't matter anyways hahah :thumbsup:

Thanks,I'll look that up...Mike.
 

BuckeyeEvan

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Apr 1, 2012
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Just for the record I have this backfire popping noise and I am pretty sure it's not the speaker. I hear it better with the window down and with my head out the window. If I start and stop it a few times in a row it will go away. in my spare time I will try to record it and post it here.
Does vbulletin have BBcode for mp3?
 

McGMT

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BuckeyeEvan said:
Just for the record I have this backfire popping noise and I am pretty sure it's not the speaker. I hear it better with the window down and with my head out the window. If I start and stop it a few times in a row it will go away. in my spare time I will try to record it and post it here.
Does vbulletin have BBcode for mp3?

Yea, the bulletin is only when you turn the key on without the engine started.. Yours is a whole different can-o-worms
 

Jkust

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Have had three of the 5.3's and haven't experienced this.
 

northcreek

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McGMT said:
There is a bulletin about this pop sound... Lemme find it real quick and ill post it for ya...

Well of course it wont let me print it and I am not on my PC to do a screenshot BUT its bulletin# 06-08-44-021B Just says the usual, "this is a normal operating characteristic of the vehicle, no repairs are necessary." And that if you just rapidly start with no pause between it won't do it, "This is caused by a drop in voltage yadda yadda I aint typin it all out cuz it doesn't matter anyways hahah :thumbsup:

Can you post a link to where you read the TSB? I cannot find a site that doesn't want $$ to view it....Mike.
 

McGMT

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northcreek said:
Can you post a link to where you read the TSB? I cannot find a site that doesn't want $$ to view it....Mike.

I can't ... I have a login to be able to see the ones for my vehicles, sorry... Most of the TSB's for the GMTs are the same for all the makes and models so the ones that I have access to for my TB are good for almost all GMT's

If I coulda` I woulda... :smile:
 

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