FAQs—GMC 25/C2500 Pickup
I am using my GMC C2500 pickup mostly for towing and hauling cargos. Can you share some towing safety tips especially when I'm pulling a trailer?
If your ride is well-equipped and well-prepared for the towing task, driving a truck with a trailer will not be much of a task for you. However, you should still be careful enough and not be overconfident to avoid any road mishap. It is important that the load of your trailer is balanced, with around 60% of the total cargo weight in front of the axle. Be careful not to put the most of the weight too far in front, though; make sure that the load is centered to keep the center of gravity as low as possible. Besides the cargo and the trailer, pay particular attention to how the trailer is hooked up to your truck. Double-check all the connections and make it a point that the safety chains are securely connected. Your driving behavior matters a lot, too. It is of utmost important to allow ample stopping and following distance when you use your truck for towing. You should also be extra careful when changing lanes.
My GMC 25/C2500 pickup already has 8,000 miles and I am now starting to notice uneven wear on the tires. I'm thinking of doing tire rotation but I'm not sure if my mileage is enough for such trick. What should I consider before doing such?
Yes, your mileage is enough for you to do tire rotation. In fact, it is advised that the tires of GMC vehicles should be rotated every 7,500 miles to even out tire wear. Yes, you're right, rotating doesn't just mean switching them; you have to consider you have to consider three important factors to know which rotation pattern is right for you. These are the size of the rear and front tires, the tread pattern or rotation direction of the tires (directional, symmetrical, or asymmetrical), and whether your truck is all-wheel, rear-wheel, front-wheel, or 4-wheel drive. The rotation direction of the tires can be seen on their sidewall label. If the size of the front and rear tires aren't the same, you can only switch them from left to right but not from front to rear. If your GMC pickup comes with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, you will have to reset it after each tire rotation.
After my recent off-road trip, I find my GMC 25/C2500 pickup truck's cabin musty even after vacuuming it. How can I eliminate that unpleasant smell or will it just go away after some time?
Unless you can bear that stale smell for long periods, you have to find ways to get rid of that. You can use some items in your kitchen, like charcoal and baking soda, to eliminate the smell. You can sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and upholstery, especially on the area where the smell is more evident. Leave it inside your car overnight with the windows closed. The next morning, vacuum up the baking soda and the foul smell will usually go with it. You can also try putting a chunk of charcoal anywhere inside the cabin for a few days until the unpleasant odor is gone.