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2001 Chevrolet Silverado engine problems: engine knocking

Engine Knocking

2001 Chevrolet Silverado (Page 1 of 2)

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Chevrolet dealer.

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5.9

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,683.00
Average Mileage:
71,995 miles
Total Complaints:
28 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (23 reports)
  2. add marvel mystery oil to engine every oil change (1 reports)
  3. purchase a high performance oil pump (1 reports)
  4. replace bad wrist pin knock (1 reports)
  5. replace enigine (1 reports)
  6. switched to synthetic motor oil (1 reports)
2001 Chevrolet Silverado engine problems

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2001 Chevrolet Silverado Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Jan 012003

Silverado LS 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2001 Silverado w/ 139000 on it and the pinging sound started under warranty and took it in to a dealer and they said there was nothing wrong.Cold weather made it worse.Progressively it got worse. Now it is noisy in the summer.It sounds like a diesel in the winter upon start up.I took it in recently to my local mechanic but it was warm and made no noise so they had no answer. I might take it back and leave it overnight. This is common on early 2000 models as many people indicate on various websites w/ many explanations as to the cause.No more Gm trucks for me again.

- , Colbert, WA, USA

problem #27

Jun 012011

Silverado LT 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles

5.3 engine with the typical knocking at start up. What kind of oil pump will fix the problem?

- , Chalmers, IN, USA

problem #26

Jan 152002

Silverado LS 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles

THE WORD PISTON SLAP OR ANYTHING ELSE IS A JOKE. IT IS A DESIGN PROBLEM FROM THE MANUFACTURER AND THEY ARE COVERING IT UP WITH A LIE. THIS CAUSED BY LOOSE TOLERANCES IN THE PISTON/CYLINDER AREA OR CONTAMINATES IN THE COMBUSTION AREA. READ UP ON DEXCOOL LAWSUITS.

MY TRUCK SUFFERED FROM BOTH CAUSING HIGH CONSUMPTION OF OIL AND COOLANT. BOTH FOUND IN THE HEADS CAUSING A CRACKED HEAD OR GASKET FAILURE. THE RESULT! ENGINE REPLACEMENT. NOT CHEAP! BUYER BEWARE! I ALWAYS DREAMED ABOUT OWNING A SILVERADO BUT NOW THE NIGHTMARE HAS AWAKENED ME.

- , FAYETTEVILLE, NC, USA

problem #25

Jan 192008

Silverado V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,410 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Can't figure out where this knocking is coming from. I have tried replacing cam shaft and crank shaft sensors. Still knocks. Replaced plugs, wires, cap and rotor, fuel filter, nothing helped..did see a knock sensor but I cannot find this sensor.

any idea's anyone?

- , Cape Girardeau, MO, USA

problem #24

Mar 102010

Silverado 1500 LS 5.3L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,645 miles

THE KNOCKING IN THE ENGINE THAT ALOT OF PEOPLE ARE HEARING IS THE LIFTERS THE NOISE GOES AWAY WHEN THE OIL GETS TO IT. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS BUY AND INSTALL A HIGH PERFORMANCE OIL PUMP AND THAT SHOULD TAKE CARE OF THE KNOCKING NOISE YOU HERE. OTHER THAN THAT THE TRUCK RUNS REALLY GOOD JUST HAVE TO REPLACE THE EGR VALVE AND THE ABS SENSOR NO BIG DEAL. JUST THOUGHT THAT I WOULD LET YOU ALL KNOW ABOUT THE KNOCKING NOISE.

- , Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #23

Feb 022010

Silverado 1500 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

the knocking noise occurs at start up and goes away after a minute or two. I would like to know if there is somebody that have found the cure for this common Silverado issue.

other than the knock sensors have been replaced as another problem made by Chevrolet.

The dealer a some point will help customers but the bottom line they will do anything to keep Chevrolet to stay in business, and my friends, any help is appreciated.

- , Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #22

Sep 242009

Silverado LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

my dad has a 01 Chevy Silverado and it started knocking a few months later after he bought it. and its a great running truck. we took it to a buddys house to have it looked at and we came across that it was the crank shaft sensor. well waht happens is that the crank shaft sensor swells up at the head of it we gone threw two sensors to try and fix it but it just keeps swelling up. so we took and got a plastic oring to space it out and the noise went away. maybe the ones with the noise should try that out b4 u decide to get rid of it bc there good trucks.... thanks

- , Kearney, NE, USA

problem #21

Jul 172008

Silverado LS 5.3L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

My 2001 Silverado has an engine knocking sound. Its the worst thing ever! the car sounds like a diesel

- , Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #20

Feb 252001

Silverado LS 1500 3.8L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles

front lights ned to be adjusted, I feel relieved to report this problem, I'm waiting for response to my problem from chevrolet company, thank you.

- , Modesio, CA, USA

problem #19

Feb 262002

Silverado LT 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

There is not much to say, that hasn't been said. I start the engine and it knocks for about a minute or two. There are days that it gets me so mad that i would like to drive it straight into the dealership show-room floor and right up the ass of the salesman that sold me that truck. This is my last GM product. GM better make good on this and have a recall and fix the f*&^%$g problem, otherwise they won't get a penny from me.

I love it when I get someone that asks me, "How you like your truck?". First thing I tell them is, "DON'T BUY ONE!" Hope, you bastards at GM (The Suit wearing bums) all lose your jobs and go to hell. This is why other Americans are buying foreign cars and so will I.

- , Hamilton, NJ, USA

problem #18

Sep 012002

Silverado LS 4.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Everybody with the Chevy knock is guessing what I know. They say piston slap this and that. We need a law suit to replace all of these engines. I know THAT THE COLD START KNOCK IS A BAD WRIST PIN. WHEN IT LETS GO YOUR ENGINE WILL BE WILL BE WIPED OUT.

- , Redding, CA, USA

problem #17

Oct 122006

(reported on)

Silverado 2500HD

  • 60,000 miles

The engine knocks and rattles under any kind of load. Premium gas does not help and knock sensors checked out fine. Dealer was USELESS!

- , Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #16

Sep 122001

Silverado 1500 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

Truck has been nothing but problems since bought new. First was had to replace the slip yoke in the driveshaft (under warranty) 8000 miles. Engine knock at start for about 5-10 minutes pending temperature outside. Was told it common engine knock. Sounds like a diesel. Constant brake issues. 3 set of brakes and rotors at 82000 miles. mostly lifetime Napa brakes and rotors. Had to have 4x4 buttons replaced on the dash. approx 40,000 miles out of warranty. Fuel gauge bounces all over the place especially when full. Now check engine light on, stating vacuum leak. Wont buy another Silverado.

- , City, PA, USA

problem #15

May 052007

(reported on)

Silverado LX 5.6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

2001 Silverado 1500 4x4 knocking when I start the engine. (lasts for a few seconds) seems to last longer in the winter time. I don�t have any other problems with the truck, good oil pressure.....

any ideas?

thanks

- , Columbus, OH, USA

problem #14

Jan 252008

(reported on)

Silverado LS 5.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

A single knock, sounding like a rod bearing knock, when the engine is started. This occurred in all climates/seasons.

- , Dayton, Maine, USA

problem #13

May 222007

(reported on)

Silverado LT 6.0

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

2001 Silverado 1500HD 6.0, Engine rattles at acceleration - has since day 1, Also replaced Tie Rod ends, Pitman Arm, Left front Bearing (That was Cheap! YEAH!) Now the Fuel Gauge drops to empty when Idling and the Fuel light comes on.. You will not burn me again GM! I have been a chevy man all of my life until this truck came along. I had Paint trouble with the 88 and the 93 and now its mechanical issues!

- , Corbin, KY, USA

problem #12

Aug 272007

(reported on)

Silverado 1500 5.3L L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Typical Chevy Silverado problem.

- , Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #11

Sep 112007

(reported on)

Silverado 1500 5.3L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

When my 1500 Silverado, with a 5.3L V8, is started after sitting overnight, there is an engine knock that lasts for about 2 minutes or so at idle. Sounds like a lifter knock. I am told that the lifters in this truck may not be adjustable. This is a very annoying sound it makes and I am afraid it may get worse.

- , Enumclaw, Washington, USA

problem #10

Jul 212007

(reported on)

Silverado V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 99,000 miles

like everyone else, the engine is knocking but every time we take it in they say nothing is a matter with it.

- , Hamilton, ON, Canada

problem #9

Mar 202007

(reported on)

Silverado 1500 4.3 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,800 miles

When the motor is cold a ticking sound occurs and can become more of a knocking at times. It sounds like a bad lifter or rocker arm that is bad. It has been going away as the motor gets warm. I took it to the dealer to have them look at it and tell me whats wrong. I haven't heard from them yet.

- , Elyria, OH, USA

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