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GM Tech Tip: New Engine Noise During Cold Start-Up

The latest generation of full-size trucks and utilities incorporate a new generation of technologies not previously seen in a GM full-size truck and utility applications.

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Models
2015-2018 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV
2016-2018 Cadillac CTS
2014-2018 Chevrolet Corvette
2014-2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2015-2018 Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe
2016-2019 Chevrolet Camaro
2014-2018 GMC Sierra 1500, Denali Models
2015-2018 GMC Yukon, Yukon XL
Equipped with Engine RPO LV1, LV3, L83 , L86, LT1, LT4 or LT5

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The latest generation of full-size trucks and utilities incorporate a new generation of technologies not previously seen in a GM full-size truck and utility applications. These engines generate noises during cold start and during warm operation that technicians may not be familiar with.

Direct Injection (DI) / High Pressure Fuel Pump / Fuel Injectors
The new Small Block Gen 5 engine family incorporates Direct Injection (DI). This technology is included as standard equipment on all Generation 5 engines in the Small Block engine family which are the: 4.3L V6, 5.3L V8, and 6.2L V8.

The high pressure fuel system does have unique operating characteristics, in particular the noise emanating from the high-pressure fuel pump can result in a subtle ticking noise that is apparent when the vehicle is idling. The sound is more evident when outside around the vehicle when the hood is open or the vehicle is operated in a drive-thru. The sound may be more noticeable during a cold start, but lessens once the engine is warm. A slightly higher pitched clicking sound is the fuel injectors pulsing under the high fuel pressures. These sounds are normal characteristics of the DI high-pressure fuel system.

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Another operating characteristic is a slightly longer crank time when the engine is started. The increased crank time is the result of the time required to build high pressure in the fuel system before the engine starts.

Oil Pump Cold Start Rrrrp or Rasp
The oil pump design has changed from a gerotor gear-type pump to a two-speed vane type pump for fuel economy reasons. At temperatures at or below 32 degrees F or when the engine has been sitting for a few hours, it is possible to have air enter the pump through normal oil drainback. Upon startup the owner or technician may hear a short Rrrrp or Rasp coming from the front of the engine. It is most often heard during a remote start. There is nothing wrong with the oil pump or oil system. No repairs should be attempted for this condition.

6.2L Engine – Dry Sump Oil System Moan
The 6.2L engine dry sump oil system may generate a moan noise that may be heard inside the vehicle at idle and/or low engine rpm operation for approximately the first two minutes following a cold start. The noise cannot be heard from the outside of the vehicle.


This noise may be more noticeable on the passenger side of the vehicle and has been described as similar to the sound of running water. The dry sump oil system is hard mounted to the body of the vehicle and at cold start the oil moving through the system can transfer the noise to the body.

This is a normal dry sump oil system operating characteristic and no repairs should be attempted.

Article courtesy Underhood Service.

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