GM Truck Club
Founded in 2004 ~ We're the #1 Chevy Truck & SUV Forum.
Silverado & Sierra | Tahoe & Yukon | Suburban & Yukon XL | SUV & CROSSOVER
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Engine "Ping"

  1. #1

    Default Engine "Ping"

    Purchased a 2009 Silverado Crew Cab back in May of this year. I've noticed a "pinging" sound sometimes when I start my truck but mostly when I'm cruising at 1500rpm. I've talked a buddy about this and he said he was told it was common and it could be the type of fuel I've been using. I use Chevron Unleaded but I was told to use a higher grade to see if this helps.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  2. #2
    Legend unplugged's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    High Deserts of SoCal


    Could be a bad knock sensor. Higher octane could help, but that's more expensive than a knock sensor. Any DTC codes?
    There is no way to happiness....happiness is the way.:yipi:  _vXMYypuKMJFw671uF2ZPhjez_j-atRmcjM2zQKpQi1JSsB75/burb1.JPG
    High Desert SoCal
    93 K1500 burb (personal) 350 AT 3" Lift 250K+
    02 Honda Civic LX
    Looking for a 1990's Miata for an engine swap

  3. #3


    GM recommends premium fuel be run in all their new cars and trucks.
    We had the same problem with my wifes 08 HHR.
    Pinging can be harmful to the engine, in extreme cases it can damage the cylinder heads.

  4. #4


    Thanks. I'll start putting High Octane fuel in my truck.

  5. #5


    Just got back from Vegas. I filled up with 91 before I left to and from Vegas. Same "pinging" noise.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Red Wing, Minnesota, United States


    the octane shouldnt be the problem, all new engines can adjust for that on there own, i have never seen anything about a truck needing premium, if thats the case why would anyone buy a truck. higher octane is now more for supercharged and tubrboed cars, not even the direct injection engines "require" premium gas it helps but not needed. I would look at the quality of gas you are putting in it, and its 09 take it to the dealership it has a warranty
    99 K1500 Suburban LT "THE BEAST"
    Hypertech III, K&N, true dual

  7. #7
    Jr. Apprentice Waldo Castellanos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    HelLaredos yup Both of them


    if i go from 93 to 87 it pings like there is no tomorrow but still getting some pining with 93 just like the original post states
    2006 Suburban Z71 / Chevy 350 Powered Jeep YJ / 2001 Jeep XJ

Similar Threads

  1. NY GM engine plant to stop making "big block" V-8 - The Associated Press
    By ChevyFan in forum Chevy Compact Cars (Aveo & Cobalt)
    Replies: 0
    Last: 12-18-2009, 05:30 PM
  2. What does "detonation" sound like? Engine "knock"?
    By Big6ft6 in forum Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)
    Replies: 32
    Last: 08-04-2009, 01:04 PM
  3. Replies: 0
    Last: 06-21-2008, 12:30 PM
  4. "Monster Mash" Singer Bobby "Boris" Pickett Dies At 69
    By Cableguy in forum The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat
    Replies: 0
    Last: 04-27-2007, 10:47 PM
  5. 95 Chev Suburban "service engine light"
    By slidercoach in forum Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)
    Replies: 2
    Last: 02-11-2007, 09:11 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts