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New batteries, now motor/engine quiet?

Tried doing a search, didn't come up with anything. So, couple days ago I put a new set of batteries in the truck, the old ones were getting weak and it's sub zero temps here. On with the question. Before when I would start the truck, when cold (below 0) I would get alot of engine noise, I assume injectors, for the first 15-20 seconds after starting. Even after driving once warm the truck had more motor noise. Now the thing fires right up, and the motor is much quieter cold and warm, is this normal? Even my exhaust seems less throaty (4" turbo back). IDK, just seemed odd to me.

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My guess, the weak batteries weren't allowing the FICM to reach maximum voltage.

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My FICM always ready between 47-48.5 V, I guess I should have said that in original post.
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Hmmm... It does sound like your system was sufferning from the effects of weak batteries. If you have ever played with the IPR you'll notice that if you allow the pressure to be at 100% of available, the injectors are really loud and it sounds like an old catapillar. When you brind the pressure back down low, it all gets quiet again. Low battery voltage could cause the IPR to not work as advertised when cold. Also, you say the exhaust doesn't sound as throaty.... This might also be cause by the same thing. When the VGT needs to close the vanes, the solenoid has a higher duty cycle. If you voltage was low, then the vgt might not be able to close the vanes all the way. Now they might be closing all the way causing your exhaust to be more "hissy" than it used to be at low power. Also, the VGT is used to create more back pressure when cold to cause the engine to heat up faster.

All in all, it sounds like the truck is working better than it used to after replacing the battery. It's probably good that you replace them if they were going bad. Low batteries kill ficms and injectors.

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Hi FatCat,

I changed out my stock alternator for a new high output 160 amp unit, and I notice the same thing you describe on cold starts since then. Noisy for the first 30-60 seconds, while my Edge CTS shows 12.2 volts, and then quiet and smooth when alternator charging kicks in and voltage rises up to 13.9 volts.


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