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Have you heard a low RPM growl in your Tuscon ICE?

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I've noticed on my 2022 ICE, when at low RPMs, gradual hill, I was hearing a "Growl" (also sounds like pinging from bad gas). I've been buying gas (regular) and have heard it, at times, when driving around town. I'm averaging right at 30mpg (with 5800 miles on it)..

Thinking it might be a "Gas" issue, I bought a bottle of the STP Octane booster (about $4). Poured it in and have about 100 miles on that tank.

So far, the "Growling" is almost gone which leads me to believe it was a poor octane issue.

I've not tried premium gas yet.. Though, a $4 bottle of octane booster with regular is a cheaper solution...

Anyone else experienced this ?

Thanks,

Gary Miyakawa
 

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I voted yes above in the pole
Because I do have a bit of a growl, but I think it's a good one, 馃槃
I listen to my engine once it's warmed up good and it sounds good at low, mid and high rpm.
When it's cold in the morning I'm leaving for work the engine sounds terrible at low rpm.
 

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I'll offer a 'No', but now I'll recall to pay attention. Always buy only from 'top tier' fuel retailers. Most all 'gas' is just plain gas, at least until the myriad additives are dosed by any given end source. And the list of top tier changes, sometimes well-known names you'd be surprised getting dropped off or just not listed for a variety of reasons. I quit patronizing one very convenient extremely well-known station - 'cause they ain't on da list:
 

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I guess I wasn't very clear that I'm hearing this at about 1400 rpm on a gradual hill... I'm definitely going to more to a top tier fuel (regular) and see if that changes anything.

THANK YOU!

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I suspect the growl you hear is due to the low engine rev vibration because the transmission is not shifting to a higher gear in order to maximize fuel economy. When I experience this, I just force an upshift by applying more throttle.
BTW. From Does Octane Booster Work? - Best Fuel Octane Boosters "STP claims 2-5 point octane increase. Remember, 10 points is equal to 1 full octane. As such, this STP octane booster would only increase octane rating by about 0.2-0.5"
I think you're fooling yourself regarding requirements for higher octane.
 

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I suspect the growl you hear is due to the low engine rev vibration because the transmission is not shifting to a higher gear in order to maximize fuel economy. When I experience this, I just force an upshift by applying more throttle.
BTW. From Does Octane Booster Work? - Best Fuel Octane Boosters "STP claims 2-5 point octane increase. Remember, 10 points is equal to 1 full octane. As such, this STP octane booster would only increase octane rating by about 0.2-0.5"
I think you're fooling yourself regarding requirements for higher octane.
Thank you...

I need to fill the tank and I'm going to move to a top tier supplier and see if I hear/feel any difference....

Will let the group know if there is any change.

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I've noticed on my 2022 ICE, when at low RPMs, gradual hill, I was hearing a "Growl" (also sounds like pinging from bad gas). I've been buying gas (regular) and have heard it, at times, when driving around town. I'm averaging right at 30mpg (with 5800 miles on it)..

Thinking it might be a "Gas" issue, I bought a bottle of the STP Octane booster (about $4). Poured it in and have about 100 miles on that tank.

So far, the "Growling" is almost gone which leads me to believe it was a poor octane issue.

I've not tried premium gas yet.. Though, a $4 bottle of octane booster with regular is a cheaper solution...

Anyone else experienced this ?

Thanks,

Gary Miyakawa
I have a Tucson 2022 and I'm experiencing that sound between 20 mph to 30 mph and 1500 rpm at 40 mph or more the growling noise disappear. From now I'm going to fill up the tank with premium or high octane gas to see if the noise disappear...
 

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I have a Tucson 2022 and I'm experiencing that sound between 20 mph to 30 mph and 1500 rpm at 40 mph or more the growling noise disappear. From now I'm going to fill up the tank with premium or high octane gas to see if the noise disappear...
Don't waste your money. The engine is designed to operate on 87 regular. All the concerns about knocking (above) are unfounded. The knock detection system in this car is state of the art. It will detect this LONG BEFORE your ears (or your but) ever will. If a condition exists that might result in pre-ignition or "knock," the computer will adjust all related systems to eliminate this in a fraction of a second, and you won't feel or hear the difference. I repeat: you'll never know there was a knock. This "growling" is not engine knock.
FWIW, BIG OIL loves it when consumers hope that buying premium will help their engines (engines designed to run on regular). Ha, maybe that's why they charge a dollar per gallon more for the stuff. Can you spell...
C-R-O-O-K ??? It only costs a penny or two to make it but they're laughing "all the way to the bank" (as the old saying goes) with premium generated profits. .
The "growling" you hear or feel is just the normal operation of the engine and is nothing to be concerned about. Just ask the pro's at the service department: they'll tell you the same thing. Forums like this can sometimes cause you to think otherwise.
While I'm on the subject, once upon a time, putting premium into the tank was considered a good thing due to its improved detergent concentration. This is no longer the case: as stated above, top tier fuels are the way to go for this same reason: and regular contains all the detergent your engine could need.

I need to fill the tank and I'm going to move to a top tier supplier and see if I hear/feel any difference....
Gary:
Appreciate your willingness to provide some feedback here, but it's very unlikely that you'll notice a difference. Will there be a difference? Yes, but you won't notice it. Top tier fuels have a greater amount of detergents in them (2-3 times the minimum amount mandated by the government). But the effect they have on engine deposits is preventative, not curative. Detergents will reduce the amount of deposits that build up on backside of your intake valves and inside your fuel injectors. But though they help prevent deposits from forming, there is no evidence that I know of that they can remove or reduce deposits that have previously formed. They can prevent, but will not cure. Therefore, you will not be able to feel what they do for your engine.
There are many additives available over the counter at your local auto parts store. Some can help, but most do not. But beware. Some of them can contaminate your catalytic converter, especially when you use too much.
 

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Don't waste your money. The engine is designed to operate on 87 regular. All the concerns about knocking (above) are unfounded. The knock detection system in this car is state of the art. It will detect this LONG BEFORE your ears (or your but) ever will. If a condition exists that might result in pre-ignition or "knock," the computer will adjust all related systems to eliminate this in a fraction of a second, and you won't feel or hear the difference. I repeat: you'll never know there was a knock. This "growling" is not engine knock.
FWIW, BIG OIL loves it when consumers hope that buying premium will help their engines (engines designed to run on regular). Ha, maybe that's why they charge a dollar per gallon more for the stuff. Can you spell...
C-R-O-O-K ??? It only costs a penny or two to make it but they're laughing "all the way to the bank" (as the old saying goes) with premium generated profits. .
The "growling" you hear or feel is just the normal operation of the engine and is nothing to be concerned about. Just ask the pro's at the service department: they'll tell you the same thing. Forums like this can sometimes cause you to think otherwise.
While I'm on the subject, once upon a time, putting premium into the tank was considered a good thing due to its improved detergent concentration. This is no longer the case: as stated above, top tier fuels are the way to go for this same reason: and regular contains all the detergent your engine could need.



Gary:
Appreciate your willingness to provide some feedback here, but it's very unlikely that you'll notice a difference. Will there be a difference? Yes, but you won't notice it. Top tier fuels have a greater amount of detergents in them (2-3 times the minimum amount mandated by the government). But the effect they have on engine deposits is preventative, not curative. Detergents will reduce the amount of deposits that build up on backside of your intake valves and inside your fuel injectors. But though they help prevent deposits from forming, there is no evidence that I know of that they can remove or reduce deposits that have previously formed. They can prevent, but will not cure. Therefore, you will not be able to feel what they do for your engine.
There are many additives available over the counter at your local auto parts store. Some can help, but most do not. But beware. Some of them can contaminate your catalytic converter, especially when you use too much.
Folks, We just ran a tank of "regular" Valero fuel. Funny, almost all of the growl went away. When we filled up with QT fuel (again), the growl is back. Definitely not scientific but for us, we will be using the Valero regular fuel, at least around town...
 
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