Two Most Common Gripes with the GMC Canyon
The GMC Canyon was a truck that was well-received by an American market that had long been enamored by these powerful and practical machines. That's saying a lot, too. Considering how heavily saturated the market is with so many different pickup trucks from so many different brands, it's very difficult for one or the other to truly stand out-yet stand out the Canyon did. Up until the present day, sales of the GMC Canyon remain impressive. It's difficult to fault the truck anything-its service record is sterling, and the truck is very reliable. No truck is ever perfect however and-however rare they are-these are the problems you have to keep an eye out for if you're driving a GMC Canyon:
High engine idling
This very odd problem was observed with the 2011 edition of the GMC Canyon. Owners have noted that the idling RPM of their engines shot up to around 775 rpm. This meant that their trucks, on their own, start climbing uphill at 5 mph with their feet off the accelerator pedal. The engine in question is the 2.9-liter, 4-cylinder LLVI4. While the problem hasn't caused any untoward incidents to occur, it has caused a drop in fuel efficiency due to the engine consuming more fuel faster.
Due to the rarity of the problem, not only is there no recall order issued out, but many dealerships have no clue as to what causes the problem and how to deal with it. Many have suggested having the engine overhauled by an independent, licensed party. This is costly but does solve the problem easily.
Persistent ABS warning light
Far more common than the preceding problem, and a fixture on the 2005 edition of the GMC Canyon, this problem is also far less dangerous-but is a terrible hassle. Simply put, owners have observed that the ABS warning light inexplicably engages even when there is no clear reason for it to do so. Additionally, though the light is engaged, the system itself is inactive.
Two recall orders were issued with specific regard to the switch that engages the mechanism for the warning light. If you're not covered by the recall-or if you want to be extra careful-it helps to also check the wiring of the warning light to be sure.
When I replace my factory springs with the sports pack or performance package, should I also do the same for the shocks? I'm switching to these springs to drop my car a few inches and have a lowered profile. I can save some money if I'll just stick to stock shock absorbers.
The shocks and springs work hand in hand in maintaining a safe and comfortable ride and ensuring sound vehicle handling. It would be best if you'll purchase them as a kit or a set. Matching sports/performance springs with factory shocks could lead to the premature wear of the shock absorbers since they'll be overloaded, especially when paired with shorter springs. With a complete set, you can be sure that the lengths of both components are appropriate. With enhanced quality or features, both the shocks and springs can ensure better performance that can last for a long while. You won't have to worry much about uneven wear or some suspension tradeoffs, as they're designed to complement each other.
How can I increase the fuel efficiency of my GMC Canyon? What are proven tricks to increasing fuel mileage even when driving a pickup?
The tire pressure should be checked at least every month to maintain proper inflation, which helps maintain good fuel mileage by not allowing an increase in rolling resistance and preventing a huge psi drop. It'll also help if you drive your pickup at constant speed and avoid sudden acceleration and abrupt braking. Your cruise control can help you save some fuel on the highway. Driving in high gears instead of running at high speeds at a lower gear can also help the vehicle save on fuel while on the road. As much as possible, refrain from excessive idling. Don't carry too much load on your pickup if not needed. Excess or heavy weight will increase fuel consumption. Basically, you have to ensure that your vehicle is fed with high-quality motor oil and the right grade of fuel as recommended by the manufacturer. Changing the dirty filters and keeping the engine tuned up and other auto systems properly maintained will also add to the vehicle's fuel efficiency, as this will allow the vehicle to run more smoothly with less strain.
I noticed some white smoke exiting the tailpipe of my GMC pickup. Is this normal? Or should I have a reason to worry? What should I do?
It's not unusual for vehicles to emit some white vapor when it's cold. This is the result of condensation that's happening in the exhaust system of the vehicle. It's a different story, however, if the car blows out white smoke even when it's not cold. That white smoke could be burning coolant. This could mean that coolant is leaking into the cylinders and getting mixed into the air-fuel combo. The coolant leak may be a result of a blown head gasket or may indicate a fractured block or a broken head. When the coolant is burning, the fluid level in the radiator or overflow bottle or reservoir is typically low. You have to trace what causes the leak and have this checked and fixed right away. Refrain from driving your vehicle until this problem is fixed to prevent further troubles on the road.
GMC Canyon: Continuously Innovating to Deliver Maximum Performance
Dedicated to fulfilling the consumers’ light towing and hauling needs, the GMC Canyon has been a top choice for compact pickups in GMC’s lineup. It appealed to users with its square jaw and broad-shouldered stance, giving the ride a sophisticated look. Matched with this awesome appearance was Canyon’s V8 engine offer, which was rare in this segment.
2004 – 2005: Making its way through the crowd
GMC’s positive reputation for its “professional grade” trucks was reinforced with its launch of the GMC Canyon for the 2004 model year. This new pickup truck came with a body larger than that of the GMC Sonoma, the previous compact model which it replaced. With the aim to offer more power, the Canyon had two inline engines based on the Vortec 4.2-liter, six-cylinder engine. These were the 2.8-liter inline-4, which produced 175 hp, and the 3.5-liter inline-5, which offered users with 220 hp.
The first Canyon came with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive options and offered users with cab choices including regular cab, extended cab, or crew cab forms. Two models comprised the first Canyon lineup, the two-wheel drive high rider and crew cab models. Available in two suspension packages, the first gen offered users with either a standard heavy-duty suspension or a high rider off-road one.
2006 – 2008: Improving for better performance
With the addition of a sport-tuned suspension in the options list, the 2006 Canyon came with a number of updates. It featured a standard tire pressure monitoring system, a new MP3 capability for the audio system, an optional sunroof, and box-side steps on regular and extended cab models. Also, General Motors’ Passenger-sensing System airbag technology was made standard in this model year.
In 2007, the Canyon received engine upgrades with two new power options, offering users with either 185 hp or 242 hp. A revised four-speed automatic transmission resulted in better shift quality compared to the previous models. Along with the new model came a two-inch-lowered ride height. While 15-inch aluminum wheels were made standard, Canyon models equipped with the optional ZQ8 sport package featured new 18-inch aluminum wheels.
2009 – 2010: Producing stronger power with upgraded engines
The 2009 Canyon was launched with a 300-hp V8 engine as a new power option, making it stand out from all other compact trucks except the Ford Ranger, which also used V8 engines. The new Canyon came with a stability control feature and a satellite radio for the first time.
Aside from the new 300-hp V8 engine, two other power options were updated. The first one was the 2.9-liter, inline four-cylinder engine, which now produced 185 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. The second one was the 3.7-liter, inline five-cylinder engine, which now produced 242 hp and 242 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission was made standard in four-cylinder models, while the four-speed automatic was added as an option. On the other hand, a four-speed automatic was the standard transmission on five-cylinder and V8 Canyons.
2011 – 2012: Synchronizing with modern times
Offered in three models, the 2011 Canyon came packed with features and updates. The three models available were the Work Truck (WT), SLE, and SLT. However, only typical features were found on the WT model such as air-conditioning, cruise control, and AM/FM radio. The SLE had an improved stereo and a longer list of options. On the other hand, the SLT differs from the two with its leather upholstery and power seats.
The 2011 model year featured an improved voice recognition for the OnStar version 9.0, a new Bluetooth handset-free phone connectivity, and side curtain airbags, which came standard on all models. By 2012, the Canyon received a Bodyguard Package, complete with molded splash guards and bed rail protection. The vehicle safety of this model year was enhanced through the standard, automatic rear-locking differential on 4WD and crew cabs.