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Been to the gm dealer 3 times, they say they can't duplicate

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Been to the gm dealer 3 times, they say they can't duplicate the ticking/exhaust leak sound I sometimes hear,one says detonation, another say use high octane gas,hope you can help me.
JA: What part of the car is the leak coming from? What color is the fluid?
Customer: No fluid, it sounds like an exhaust leak/ticking sound
JA: What is the model/year of your GM?
Customer: 2011/5.3/1500 2wd gmc
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I have taken it to the dealer and they say it can't be duplicated,do they have a service bulletin on this GMC?
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: No,I like the truck,in fact the best truck I ever had.
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: GMC
Expert:  Dan replied 3 months ago.

What grade of engine oil are you using? It could be a lifter tick, this is common on your engine. You can run a thicker oil in the summer and the noise will go away.

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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
5w30 with an ac delco oil filter, I tried some Berryman combustion cleaning kit, could it be spark plugs, PVC va
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Whoud a synthetic oil hep?
Expert:  Dan replied 3 months ago.

I dont think either spark plugs or a pcv valve would cause a tick. Have you check your exhaust manifold studs? sometimes they will break off causing a tick. There will also be black residue on the head if it has an exhaust leak.

Expert:  Dan replied 3 months ago.

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