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Thread: Engine light problem
11-15-2011, 08:44 PM #1
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Engine light problem
my engine light went on earlier today and went to AutoZone to check out what it was. they read the engine light code reader and said that it was my knock sensor. The lady said that it may have just come unplugged and that it happens all the time. She said that its an easy fix and that if it just came unplugged that to just plug it back in and its located on the bottom of the engine.
Can anyone tell me where i can find it or post a picture of it so i can check it out?
thx!2003 Chevy 1500 5.3l VORTEC
11-15-2011, 09:12 PM #2
Knock sensoes on a 5.3 are under intake manifold. Manifold must be removed to replace sensors. There are 2 knock sensors in there so you better do em both.
11-15-2011, 09:17 PM #3
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how hard would that be and how long would it take cause its my only ride to work/school?
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And what could happen if not replaced? would that be bad?
11-15-2011, 09:23 PM #4
It is possible they will shut engine down if they get bad enough. Pretty tricky & time consuming job if you are not sure what to do.
11-16-2011, 10:17 AM #5
It is a long shot, But one time I did see the knock sensor harness connector (on top of driverside valve cover, in the back, under the intake cover) get so corroded that it starting throwing codes. I pulled it apart and cleaned it very well with some electrical contact cleaner. It has been good for 3 years now! Like I said, it is a long shot. If you have to change the sensors you will have to pull the intake manifold off. It is not that big of a job, but if you do not know what you are doing and end up with a intake leak you will be pretty pissed. If you are going to try it I suggest that you buy a manual for your truck. I have a haynes (like $12 at autozone). It will help with the required torque specs and procedures to remove the intake manifold.
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11-16-2011, 11:58 AM #6
Its not hard to replace the knock sensors. They are under the intake manifold, but its a dry manifold (no coolant runs through it) so you just unbolt it, set it aside and the sensors are right there. Theres two so buy two and theres a short wiring harness you may want to get from the dealer because the connections are usually corroded. After you install the new sensors run a bead of silicone around the rubber caps to build a dam around the sensors so water doesn't get in the new sensors.:cool:
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