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I have a 97 silverado with a 350. When accelerating it sounds similar to a diesel. There is no loss of power, fluid levels are good also. No fluids are mixing. I thought possibly bad gas, ran the tank dry filled it back up and added bottle of heet, ran it out and filled it up again. No change. Any ideas what could be the culprit? Could timing cause this?

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    Jeff Turcotte Sep 03, 2010

    Do you know if you have HEI ignition? If yes, there is a timing procedure you can follow below. If not, there is no adjustment and the computer is the cause.

    HEI Systems

    Start the engine and allow it to reach operating temperature. Stop the engine and connect the timing light to the No. 1 (left front) spark plug wire, at the plug or at the distributor cap. You can also use the No. 6 wire, if it is more convenient. Numbering is illustrated in this section.


    Do not pierce the plug wire insulation with HEI; it will cause a miss. The best method is an inductive pickup timing light.

    Clean off the timing marks and mark the pulley or damper notch and timing scale with white chalk.
    Disconnect and plug the vacuum line at the distributor on models with a carburetor. This is done to prevent any distributor vacuum advance. On fuel injected models, disengage the timing connector which comes out of the harness conduit next to the distributor, this will put the system in the bypass mode. Check the underhood emission sticker for any other hoses or wires which may need to be disconnected.
    Start the engine and adjust the idle speed to that specified on the Underhood Emissions label. With automatic transmission, set the specified idle speed in Park. It will be too high, since it is normally (in most cases) adjusted in Drive. You can disconnect the idle solenoid, if any, to get the speed down. Otherwise, adjust the idle speed screw.


    The tachometer connects to the TACH terminal on the distributor and to a ground on models with a carburetor. On models with fuel injection, the tachometer connects to the TACH terminal on the ignition coil. Some tachometers must connect to the TACH terminal and to the positive battery terminal. Some tachometers won't work with HEI.


    WARNING
    Never ground the HEI TACH terminal; serious system damage will result.

    Aim the timing light at the pointer marks. Be careful not to touch the fan, because it may appear to be standing still. If the pulley or damper notch isn't aligned with the proper timing mark (see the Underhood Emissions label), the timing will have to be adjusted.


    TDC or Top Dead Center corresponds to 0°B, or BTDC, or Before Top Dead Center may be shown as BEFORE. A, or ATDC, or After Top Dead Center may be shown as AFTER.

    Loosen the distributor base clamp locknut. You can buy trick wrenches which make this task a lot easier.
    Turn the distributor slowly to adjust the timing, holding it by the body and not the cap. Turn the distributor in the direction of rotor rotation to ******, and against the direction of rotation to advance.
    Tighten the locknut. Check the timing again, in case the distributor moved slightly as you tightened it.
    Reinstall the distributor vacuum line or the timing connector. Correct the idle speed.
    Stop the engine and disconnect the timing light.



    1996-98 MODELS

    The distributor on the 4.3L engine is non-adjustable and any attempt to adjust the distributor could cause cross firing. This procedure applies to the 5.0L, 5.7L and 7.4L engines.

    The ignition timing is preset and cannot be adjusted. If the distributor position is moved crossfiring may be induced. To check distributor position the following:

    An OBD ll compliant scan tool is required for this procedure

    With the ignition OFF install scan tool to the Data Link Connector (DLC).
    Start the engine and bring the vehicle to operating temperature.
    Monitor cam ****** on the scan tool.
    If cam ****** is between -2° and 2° the distributor is properly adjusted.
    If cam ****** is not between -2° and 2° the distributor must adjusted.
    With the engine OFF loosen the distributor hold-down bolt.
    Start the engine and check the cam ****** reading. Rotate the distributor counterclockwise to compensate for a negative reading and clockwise to compensate for a positive reading.
    Momentarily raise the engine speed to over 1000 RPM and check the cam ****** reading.
    If the proper reading is not achieved repeat Steps 7 and 8.
    When the proper reading has been achieved tighten the distributor hold-down bolt and disconnect the scan tool.

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Yes, timing is advanced too far causing detonation (knock). Let me look up timing procedure and get back to you.

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Not with no loss of power.or backfiring.have primary ignition checked

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