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Thread: What exactly does detonation/pinging sound like?

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    Default What exactly does detonation/pinging sound like?

    I figured that this would be an easy question to answer with some simple searches on the old forum and the general internet but I cannot seem to find a clear answer...or at least one that makes sence to me.

    Is it so noticeable that someone who is paying attention to the sound of the engine would easily pick it up or do you really have to be "listening" for it?

    I am confident that I have not had any pinging but want to learn more about what it sounds like and how to "listen" for it?

    Links to previous threads or other websites, if available, are fine...im completly willing to read up on it myself.

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    Like marbles hitting against something.
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    would a clattering sound seemingly from inside the dash be suspect?
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    yep...marbles hitting a can or something...then also one time I thought it resembled an reall tinny exhaust leak noise
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    well, i retract one of my previous statements, I have had some pinging then...not bad though. Time for a compression test.
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    It makes a ping like noise. . . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingpinSVT View Post
    It makes a ping like noise. . . . .

    Ah HAH!!!!...so it's not just a clever name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stilov View Post
    Ah HAH!!!!...so it's not just a clever name.

    Its kinda like "rear suspension clunk"
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    The sound I am able to produce at certain levels of acceleration does not sound like a ping to me, more of a plastic clattering sound. A ticking would be more accurate of a description before pinging. Not metalic at all. Someone above mentioned sounding like a small exhaust leak, more of that tone than metallic, marbles, pinging.
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    One time we had a mustang at the shop that was pinging...kinda sounded like a loose heatshield clattering.
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