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No power up hills and pinging noises come from TBI little back fire.

I have an 89 chevy suburban with 350 TBI, pinging noises come out of the TBI when accelerate with a little back fire. I've replaced several parts: sparkplugs and wires, ECM Circut, coil, ignition module, cap and rotor, TPS Sensor, Oil Pressure switch. Running out of ideas. Computer codes are now fine. Ran fine a few months ago passed emmisions now I have no horse power when going up hills; loses power.

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  • carhob May 11, 2010

    have u checked timing?


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Your distributer is out of time mine did the same thing.

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  • stan madison Feb 16, 2013

    your distributer is out of time, mine did the same thing.


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On top of the knock sensor being out it could also be do to too much carbon build up

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Sounds like the knock sensor has failed. It's on the passenger side at the bottom of the engine block, in front of the starter. One wire going to it. Have you checked the timing lately, maybe it has moved?

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