New 5.7ltr engine with 300 hp and no "get up and go".

Asked by Apr 21, 2014 at 04:15 PM about the Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I had a new (not rebuilt) 5.7 engine installed in my 98 Chev PU.  Runs fine, starts first go.  
New distributor w/plugs and new wires.  All bought from Summitt.  The truck just doesn't
have any speed from the start.  Any ideas?

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is the computer tuned for the aftermarket motor? That engine factory produced 250ish hp. Did you build it or was it a crate engine. Also is the cam computer safe? If it is to extreme it wont produce the vacuum needed by the computer to make it operate properly.

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The timing offset might need to be checked.. or u might not have one cylinder working which can be tricky to detect on a v8 if u dont know what it sounds like, the motor will shake while idling. Its easy to confuse a plug wire - although u say it fires/idles well.. just something to check in case. If the timing was not set close enough it might be u have to do the offset with a special tool. I was lucky and got it right on when doing a friends car 2 months ago, also non rebuilt swap - works fine.

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