GMC C15 Maintenance: The Four Most Important Safety Components
Any vehicle carrying the GMC badge is bound to have powerful performance. And the GMC C15 is no exception. You know you could always rely on your pickup truck if you need towing capability, spacious truck bed, and enough power under the hood. Also, it's a vehicle that's sure to be equipped with vital safety components, such as the brakes, seatbelts, power locks, etc. Now, you know that it's important to keep safety one of your top priorities when it comes to maintaining your truck. Below are tips on how you should take care of them:
The importance of the brake system is the most pronounced in a vehicle. After all, it's the one responsible for stopping your vehicle at the right time. Because of the brunt that your truck's brakes have to take on every day, wear and tear should be expected. Eventually, you are going to have to replace one or two components in your brake system. It is recommended to check the brakes at least once a year. But just because it's an annual thing, doesn't mean you don't need to check on your brakes regularly. You still need to inspect the brake lining wear, the condition of hoses and brake lines, brake fluid level, rotor thickness, as well as brake and dash warning lights. You should also drive your truck around the block just to check for irregular noises and potential brake problems.
- Always check your tires for wear and tear.
The tires are not just vital components of a vehicle. Their condition—tread depth and air pressure—is a factor in safe driving and one that you should never ignore. Tire pressure and alignment are also important for improved gas mileage and performance. The Car Care Council recommends that you check your tire condition and air pressure regularly. It's easy to check the tire tread—just insert a penny and if Lincoln's head is above the tread, it's time for new tires. Tire pressure, on the other hand, should always be at the correct PSI level (consult your car manual for this). Underinflated tires will wear unevenly and you lose handling and traction. On the other hand, overinflated tires are in danger of blow outs.
- Always make sure that your car's seatbelt is working properly.
Aside from the brakes and the tires, your truck's seatbelt should also be inspected regularly. They are also important safety components, thus you should not wait for an accident to happen before finding out that your seatbelts are in need of servicing. If there are nicks or cuts in the webbing of the seat belts or the buckles are malfunctioning, it's time to replace them. Also, if your truck is old, there is a possibility that the seat belts will be excessively worn and might malfunction. If you've been in a crash, it is a must to change your seat belts because there might be damage to the mechanism because of the impact—and they are mostly invisible to the eye.
- Make sure that your power door locks always work.
Your power door locks are another safety components that you need to take care and inspect regularly. You need the locks to work to keep thieves out so you don't have to worry about leaving your GM C15 in the parking lot. The switches are what you need to watch out because these are the parts that usually die. Although door locks are not part of regular maintenance, it's better to test to make sure they always work. If you notice that your doors are not locking and unlocking properly, it's time to schedule a service.