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Old 11-02-2011, 01:30 AM
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"Rod knock" is not the conrod itself, but the rod bearings. If the rod bearings were shot, you'd know it- sounds like angry gnomes with hammers trying to beat their way out.

Your change from Durablend to full synthetic isn't a concern, as the viscosity is the same.

Never heard of 'valve tap' on an engine with hydraulic lifters- unless the valvetrain is loose.

Has any work (plugs, wires, filters, etc) been done to the truck?

You mention you had somebody romp on the throttle. I'd start there, especially as you had a non-stock tune in the truck. IMO, Hypertech's heyday was about 20 years ago, and they are way behind the power curve with regards to tuning/programming. When I used HT, the timing curve was always way advanced, and their chips did a fair amount of damage to folks in the Grand National community. If the guy romped on it and it went way lean/detonated, you may have broken something internally, like a ring land. A knock sensor can pull timing only so fast, and damage can still happen....

Put the truck back to stock, and toss the HT tuner. Get the truck looked at- compression and leakdown tests, check the injectors and fuel pump pressure, timing, etc- the basics.

Once you get the truck running good, get a Predator or Trinity to tune the truck with. Learn what the tuner can and can't do, as its very easy to destroy the engine by adjusting parameters without understanding the ramifications.....
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