Is the GM 5.3 a good engine?
The 5.3L V8 Vortec 5300 is considered an engine that is extremely reliable. In fact, many vehicle owners with the engine report having the engine run with minimal issues up to 220k miles. Additionally, the engine blocks are very durable also. Despite its reliability, there are some fundamental issues that the 5.3 Liter Chevrolet engine has. Those issues can range from Misfiring and noise, sludge build up, manifold gasket failure, carbon build up and spark plug failure, to the notorious oil consumption.
One of the biggest issues with the 5.3L vortec and really all vortec engines, was excessive oil consumption caused by the active fuel management system. The AFM system issues are one of the big reasons that GM transitioned to the new EcoTec3 engine family. AFM, also known as cylinder deactivation, is where the engine shuts off fifty percent of the cylinders under certain driving conditions in order to improve fuel efficiency. On the 5.3L V8, 4 of the cylinders are shut off, essentially making your truck a 4 cylinder. We’ll stay away from the backstory of why the AFM is problematic, as there are dozens of theories and GM itself has never really been able to 100 percent pinpoint the issue with the system. However, the AFM system is known to cause excessive oil consumption issues. In addition to excessive oil consumption, the AFM can also cause the lifters to fail on the EcoTec3 engines, which is a rather expensive fix. AFM only accounts for a 10-15 percent improvement in fuel economy, but really isn’t worth it for all the potential problems it can create.
According to suits filed against the company, the GM 5.3 oil consumption flaw has been linked to numerous points of failure. According to GM Authority, the excessive oil intake and use can lead to; spark plug fouling, ring wear, lifter collapse, bent pushrods, camshaft wear, valve wear, rod bearing wear, rod breakage and other major failures in the engine. Another common problem seen in the 5.3 engine is a failure of the valve cover to seal, which can cause heavy oil burn. The valve cover was subsequently redesigned by GM to both improve the mating surface to the block and to also redesign the PCV system. The PCV was redesigned to prevent oil from being pulled through the intake. Also, to help combat oil consumption vehicle that we equipped with the aluminum block has a shield installed over the AFM valve to help contain oil spray from pressure being relieved from the AFM valve in the oil pan.
The LC9 engine is a 5.3L, Gen. 4, aluminum small block engine used in GM trucks and SUVs between 2007-2011.
The LMG engine is a 5.3L Gen. IV iron-block engine used in GM trucks and SUVs between 2007 and 2014. For marketing purposes, it was also known as the Vortec 5300. The information listed here is for a stock LMG engine
he LY5 engine is a 5.3L Gen. IV iron-block engine used in GM trucks and SUVs between 2007 and 2009. For marketing purposes, it was also known as the Vortec 5300.
Dynamic Fuel Management – DFM – Transmission Concerns
Now as far as the transmission is concerned, DFM dramatically increases what you need to know to diagnose transmission related issues. Since 1997, GM has used torque modeling to control the transmission pressure and shift points. That is why mass air flow (MAF) issues can lead to transmission damage. This system really elevates the use of torque modeling for transmission pressure and shift control. This means that issues with just about any sensor on the engine can cause pressure and shift problems. The need to have a quality scan tool and some quality training on systems other than just the transmission has never been greater.
Does LC9 have VVT?
The LC9 was introduced in 2007. Originally, it was a flex fuel version of the LH6. In 2010, the LC9 was upgraded with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and replaced the LH6.Aug 28, 2017
- Vortec 5.3 Excessive Oil Consumption. One of the most prevalent issues on the Vortec 5300 engine occurred in Gen IV engines from model year 2010 to 2014.
- Cracked Cylinder Head.
- Spark Plug Failure from Carbon Buildup – Vortec 5.3.
- Vortec 5300 Intake Manifold and Gasket Failure.
- Fuel Pressure Regulator Failure – 5.3L Vortec.
What causes AFM lifter failure?
Head Gasket Set, Head Bolts, Full Lifter Set. Secondly, what causes AFM lifters to fail? We have found that most lifter faults are caused by oil pressure issues, or control issues. The AFM activation and deactivation is controlled by the Valve Lifter Oil Manifold or VLOM.Mar 3, 2020
A GM oil consumption lawsuit alleges the Generation IV 5.3-liter V8 Vortec 5300 LC9 engine is equipped with piston rings that don't maintain enough tension to keep oil in the crankcase.