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GMC Sierra 1500 HD Parts and GMC Sierra 1500 HD Accessories

Interesting Facts on the GMC Sierra 1500 HD

  • The GMC Sierra 1500 HD has a lot in common with the Chevrolet Silverado since both makes are under General Motors. The looks of the headlights, grille, hood, bumper, and fenders are the only things that differentiate one truck from the other. Other than these details, people also see the Sierra as the luxurious option compared to the working man's Silverado.

  • Considering the similarity between the two, it wouldn't be a surprise if the GMC Sierra 1500 HD was in direct competition with the Chevrolet Silverado. Fortunately for GM, this problem was avoided through intelligent marketing and promotion. In the crosshairs of the Sierra are other classic trucks like the Dodge Ram, Toyota Tundra, and the Ford F-150.

  • The GMC Sierra 1500 HD wasn't always a model in itself. During the 70s and 80s, the Sierra was only a trim name for the classic C and K GMC trucks. IT wasn't until the late 90s that the name became a dedicated model name for the company.

  • In terms of age and years in production, the GMC Sierra 1500 is one of the oldest trucks among full-size pickup trucks. This age is evident-in a bad way-even in the all-new editions of the truck as seen in its outdated trims and features. Still, it's pretty difficult to discount the history and legacy of the Sierra 1500 despite the little bumps in looks it has experienced in recent years.

  • A truck can't be considered a legitimate truck if it isn't able to tow very heavy loads. This is precisely one of the great qualities of the GMC Sierra 1500 HD. Its big body and powerful engine enables it to pull around 10,000 to 16,000 pounds depending on the truck's trim and year model.

  • Why is the GMC Sierra 1500 HD named like this? The 1500 is used to signify a light-duty, half-ton truck. As for the HD, this is a special heavy-duty package of the Sierra that comes equipped with a meaner and tougher engine that enables it to pull an even heavier load compared to that of the standard model.

GMC Sierra 1500 HD Articles

  • GMC Sierra HD Problems 17 January 2013

    The GMC Sierra HD, produced from 2001 to 2007, was one of the models that's part of GM's full-size lineup. What set this truck apart from its competitors was the inclusion of different luxury trims to its big, powerful, and brute packaging. As good as the vehicle was, it wasn't free of problems. Owners experienced various mechanical issues that risked safety, handling, and control. Despite a short, six-year production span, there are already certain and common issues worth mentioning that needed recalls and service bulletins of the truck. Here are some examples.


    Steering

    The power steering of the GMC Sierra HD is prone to fail because of a power steering hose that's not fit to be used on the truck. A full turn of the wheel to either side, while the stationary, may put too much stress on the system. Push it to its limit, the hose has the tendency to completely break and the power steering fluid to leak out. Steering becomes increasingly difficult because of the extra effort needed to turn the wheel. Fluid coming into contact with the hot engine compartment can cause fires. For some models with advanced brakes, even braking might be compromised as an effect. A quick replacement of the hose with the right one should take care of this problem.


    Electrical

    For units with an advanced-wiper system, there is a chance of damaging the electrical wires running to the components because of an overheated circuit board. This is usually signified by an odd smoke or smell from the assembly. If left unattended, a fire may start within the area because of the bad wires. Simple modifications on the wiring setup will prevent this from happening.


    Brakes

    The parking brake's friction lining has a tendency to become too thin. Owners may find the truck moving and crashing towards other cars or fixtures despite having the brakes engaged. Depending on the type of brakes used on a certain unit, the GMC dealer should install a clip retainer, or a completely new parking-brake cable assembly to prevent the problem from occurring again.


    Fuel filter

    Replacement fuel filters from the Fram brand may have loose o-rings, gaskets and seals. It is feared that the bad seal may lead to leaks in the system. This has the potential to catch fire if ignited. Fram offers a free replacement of the defective unit as a solution.