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Old 05-15-2008, 07:32 PM
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My car PINGS.......and its pissing me off........BONE STOCK 03 z06 and every time I try to have a little fun 1/2 throttle and up....IT PINGS....I have to back off......I have used Shell...PING...PING, 76...PING PING PING, circle K PING PING ping ping.......Chevron...PING ping PING ping I guess a Kenne Bell is out of the question....If i ping stock, cant imagine FI.....Jeebus, at least my Evo at 19 PSI had a top notch knock sensor to keep ping down.....there is NO WAY this vette has a knock sensor.... if it does, its screwed into the right rear tire...... Ping Pisses me the PUCK off.........sorry for the rant........
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Earling in the program life of the C5, The General underestimated that some owners will actully hose off thier engines at the car wash or at home.

The result of this action was that the area of the knock sensor would fill up with water and cause corrosion to the sensor and plug.

Below is a link to a TSB that was used to address this issue on the early C5's

http://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/...+DTC+P0332+Set
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Earling in the program life of the C5, The General underestimated that some owners will actully hose off thier engines at the car wash or at home.

The result of this action was that the area of the knock sensor would fill up with water and cause corrosion to the sensor and plug.

Below is a link to a TSB that was used to address this issue on the early C5's

http://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/...+DTC+P0332+Set

Ping = Knock sensor
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:26 PM
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i'de start by checking for codes. then run a couple of bottles of chevron techron plus through the tank. then follow that up with checking the fuel pressure and the timing. you can also pull a spark plug or 2 and check them for oil contamination in the cylinders. this is all cheap, quick and easy.
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what octane you using? maybe get a tune....find out what is going on...or yes....the knock sensors are fugged
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My '99 will ping like mad if I use Shell Premium in it. I think its the ethanol doing it..but truly don't know.
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Yea, ive tried every premium there is......maybe ill tune it and give it a little more fuel and take away a degree or two of timing......
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I would check for audible pings as well as the above mentioned. Its possible you have something loose in the exhaust area causing an audible knock.
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Ping = Knock sensor
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My '99 will ping like mad if I use Shell Premium in it. I think its the ethanol doing it..but truly don't know.
I thought Ethanol prevents knock as its 110 octane
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There's a limit on how much timing the computer will retard to avoid audible knock.

About 10 years ago a buddy of mine had an LT1 Z28 that started audibly pinging on him. He put a bottle of BG44K in the tank to get rid of carbon deposits in the combustion chamber. Problem went away and never came back. Ever since then I swear by the stuff.

Might not hurt to change the fuel filter as well. It may be a stretch, but a SEVERELY clogged fuel filter could cause you to run lean and lead to detonation.
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For a short term fix, you could also increase your octane rating....
Xylene is used at the refinery.
You can buy it at Home Depot or a painters supply store... About $15/gallon. It has an Octane rating of 117.

Do a search here or on the web There are lots of formulas' for home brew rocket fuel.
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Find someone with full feature scanning software and take a 20 minute ride. With a couple of 2nd and 3rd gear romps till it pings should isolate the problems. it could be the tune, injectors, fuel filters etc.
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Surprised no one has mentioned the Seafoam clean-out.
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Surprised no one has mentioned the Seafoam clean-out.

True, that would also do the trick if it's carboned up. A lot cheaper, but I'm lazy and would rather just pour a can in the tank.
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I used SeaFoam with really no change. Then tried GM Top End cleaner in it and that did indeed reduce the pinging. I then had the firmware updated to the latest specs from GM which accounts for several things inluding the new plugs(41-985's), pinging, right fuel tank sending unit and so on. The pinging went down some more. I found what appeared to be errors in the programming at a couple of map presssures, so I corrected them and updated. Pinging is still there but greatly reduced. The gas out here is crap at only 91 Octane. Even my '07 pings on occassion with the bad gas.
When I was forced to use Shell since I was running out...it pinged like mad till it was gone and replaced. On a trip last month in the '07, I had to use Shell a couple of times and each time, I was getting pinging again till it was replaced.
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I used SeaFoam with really no change. Then tried GM Top End cleaner in it and that did indeed reduce the pinging. I then had the firmware updated to the latest specs from GM which accounts for several things inluding the new plugs(41-985's), pinging, right fuel tank sending unit and so on. The pinging went down some more. I found what appeared to be errors in the programming at a couple of map presssures, so I corrected them and updated. Pinging is still there but greatly reduced. The gas out here is crap at only 91 Octane. Even my '07 pings on occassion with the bad gas.
When I was forced to use Shell since I was running out...it pinged like mad till it was gone and replaced. On a trip last month in the '07, I had to use Shell a couple of times and each time, I was getting pinging again till it was replaced.
How do you get the firmware updated? I have changed the sensors 3 times and the wiring harness once and still get P0332 H C from time to time. I noticed that it will come on after setting the cruise control or after the acceleration to get on the highway to match traffic and I settle down to the flow the engine light comes on.
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Use the following web site with your VIN#. Printout the software/firmware updates for your exact car. Provide that printout to the dealer of your choice and ask for the firmware updates. They will charge you for the time for their technician.
Our cars are rolling computer systems and just like software updates for the home computers, our cars need them too.
http://tis2web.service.gm.com/tis2web
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How bout a lower thermostat? I had pinging issues until I installed a 160* thermostat.
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Originally Posted by dgrant3830 View Post
Use the following web site with your VIN#. Printout the software/firmware updates for your exact car. Provide that printout to the dealer of your choice and ask for the firmware updates. They will charge you for the time for their technician.
Our cars are rolling computer systems and just like software updates for the home computers, our cars need them too.
http://tis2web.service.gm.com/tis2web
Thank you, this is great. I will take it in on Friday and see if they can do the updates for me. Hopefully this will take care of the knock sensor issue.
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