Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Old GMC 100 Working Like New
A vintage truck like your GMC 100 is one vehicle you can be proud of. It's not only a reliable ride, but it's also an eye candy that you won't normally find in dealerships these days. But like all other old vehicles, keeping it in top shape might entail a lot more work than if you are dealing with a more contemporary ride. Fortunately, you're not left option-less when it comes to keeping your truck as efficient as modern trucks today. Just take note of the points we'll list below to help you in your maintenance needs.
- Stay on top of tune-ups and replacements.
Both old and new vehicles require regular tune-ups and replacement of certain parts. You can think of this like your annual checkups, just to catch anything that might be needing your attention. Follow the proper interval when it comes to topping off fluids in your vehicle—your engine oil, brake fluid, steering fluid, etc. Filters will also need regular replacing to keep systems in your ride free of contaminants and at their best working efficiency. Lastly, ensure that you perform the necessary maintenance adjustments that your ride will need in order to work well. These include regular wheel alignment, tire balancing, and the calibration of the many working components under the hood.
- Pay attention to compatibility when replacing components.
When vehicle problems occur, you can't always replace the entire assembly that's problematic as a whole—you will only be replacing the damaged part. When it comes to this, you need to ensure that the replacement you get will be compatible and will work well with all the other parts in the assembly (i.e. replacement coil springs must be compatible with the shocks and struts in your suspension system). To ensure this, you need to choose the right part whenever you get a replacement. This means you have to pick a component that is specifically built for your specific year, make, and model. Sometimes, even the engine type must be totally specific. This is the only way you can guarantee that the part you get will work with no problem.
- Find a reliable source of replacement parts.
Old vehicles like your GMC 100 might be built with components that are no longer being manufactured today. This is the reason it is sometimes difficult to find replacement parts for vintage autos. Therefore, you need to shop around and look for reliable sources of components for your GMC truck. Online stores are a good option, but not all stores carry parts for old vehicles. You can also look in salvage and scrap yards and garages—these are sometimes the best sources of vintage car parts, and you may even find parts for cheap. Another thing you can do is to join online forums and groups specializing in vintage vehicles, especially your specific truck. They are sometimes reliable sources not only of replacement parts but also of good advice and tips when it comes to various issues concerning your old truck.