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Hey guys, I think this is my first thread... I'm NOT a mechanic at all, but I do love cars am really try maintaining them myself with help from friends.

It's a 95 Suburban with the L65, electronic IP. I just did a massive overhaul on it replacing a lot, including: Manufactured Injection Pump, New Water Pump, New Glow Plugs, Alternator, Belt, Hoses, Oil, Coolant, Batteries, etc...

Because of many different problems (both in the truck, people, and finances) it took me about 6 months, and in that time the truck hadn't been started at all. Once put back together with the new batteries (and purging air from the fuel lines) the truck started up pretty easily. Runs stronger than ever, it's great.

However, there's a pretty loud ticking now. It's REALLY hard for me to tell where it's coming from since everything is so loud, but I'm pretty sure it's coming from the engine, not engine accessories... It reminds me of a valve, JUST one, and I think the sound is coming from the valve cover by the turbo. Before the overhaul there was absolutely no ticking like this, it is brand new since the new IP. And it is definitely only one valve (if that's what it is at all).

Do you think the timing is off now because of that one gear not being put on right at the time of the new IP install? Would it be just one valve? If it is the valve, the most important question I have, is will it get worse, and/or do damage? Times have been tough, and this is now my only form of transportation, and I live in a new area like 90 miles away from everyone I know, so I want to nip this in the bud now!

Like I said, it runs strong... stronger than ever. This morning I had to quickly drive a few blocks away and I didn't really let it warm up much, and I did notice that even though I was being gentle to it since it was cold that I could hear it run not quite as well for a second, and I did notice the CEL light come on for a second, then go off again... but then it was back to normal. Once warmed up the sound is still very much there, but the truck runs strong. This is the only diesel I've ever played with, but it doesn't feel like it has a timing issue.


Thank you!!
 

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I'd try maybe running some seafoam in the oil for a day or so and change the oil to see if that helps. It's also possible the ticking is coming from the IP itself.....
 

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I JUST changed the oil when I did this, and I have like 20 miles on it so far, I'd hate to throw away that oil.

Why would the IP be ticking? I bought it from that big company on ebay, the main one that sells these, I forget their name, but quite popular.

Is it not possible or likely for it to be a valve? And just one valve?
 

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And if it's just a valve, is it because the timing is now off? Why else would it make such a loud ticking noise when it hadn't prior to the overhaul? Or is it for a different reason? Where do I go from here?
 

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No idea.... I know a guy on another forum that has the same problem on a 6.2L.... He's swapping the IP while he's doing his turbo install that he's in the middle of right now.... I'll let ya know if his ticking stops with his new IP...
 

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You might have a problem if your problem is the same thing as it looks like this other guys problem is.... It looks like a broken lifter retainer is what was causing his ticking.... I'll let ya know for sure after he finally gets it all back together and running...
 

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Since you mentioned having the check engine light come on, it's helpful to determine if this provides a clue as to what may be causing your problem. Being you have a '95, you can check this yourself by grounding terminals A & B on the diagnostic connector and reading the codes that flash on the dash.
Are you noticing any sign of a miss in the tone of the exhaust or a puffing in the intake? This can be another symptom of valve train issues.
I have seen several people have issues with lifters on the 6.5 if they have over 100k. It was more a prominent problem with '94's, but I've seen other years have issues also. With the excess heat generated on the right bank of the engine by the turbo, it seems more issues generally happen on this side. If you remove the valve cover to check the lifters, be sure to check the retainers for the rocker arms, they can break off allow the rockers to move out of alignment and damage valves & push rods. Also cover the injectors, any dirt in them will certainly cause issues.
 

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When you said it runs better than ever, it makes me think that the IP timing is advanced, this will make more power but will also make more engine noise
 

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might be injector?

You indicated that the injector pump was changed out, but are the actual injectors the same ones that sat for 6 months? I'm remembering from the Diesel Place forum that sometimes injectors can stick and cause a ticking sound. Maybe the months of sitting caused just one injector to start sticking. I've heard of using a long-bladed screwdriver as a stethescope of sorts to help pinpoint the source of a sound. Might be worth a try before unbuttoning things. I use some bio-diesel now and then or some two-stroke oil (about 8 ounces in 16 gallons) to provide extra lubrication to the injector pump and injectors. Supposedly when all the fuel refiners were forced into Ultra-Low Sulfer Diesel production there have been concerns over lubrication. BD makes an additive as well as some other brands Stanadyne e.g.
Good luck locating that pesky tick.
Chris
 
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