Basic Guidelines to Keep Your GMC G1000 Series Truck Running
The GMC trucks are well known for their reliability and steady performance. The key to keeping them roadworthy for a long time depends on the care you provide them with. Regular maintenance and servicing of your truck can help you protect it from extreme temperatures, corrosion, and premature wearing. Below are some guidelines on what you need to regularly check on your GMC G1000 series truck to keep it running for a long time.
- Regularly check on the various engine fluids of your truck.
Always inspect the fluid levels of your G1000 truck regularly. These include the engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant. Oil is responsible for protecting some of your engine's components from friction and heat, while the brake fluid is used to ensure your truck is able to stop the moment you step on the breaks. The transmission fluid, on the other hand, protects the gears of your truck from friction by lubricating it, and the coolant or antifreeze prevents your engine from overheating. Consult the manual of your truck to know how to inspect the fluid levels of your engine and cooling system and when is the right time to change or replenish them.
- Inspect the depth level of your tire tread.
The treads on your tires is responsible for allowing your G1000 truck to grip the road. Worn-out treads are dangerous as they might increase the risk of an auto accident. Tire treads should not be less than 1.6 millimeters deep. You can check this by looking for the tread wear indicator bar. The bar is barely visible on new tires since they are built in the middle of the tread. If your tire wears down to the point where the bar is on the same level as the tread, you need to consider replacing it as soon as possible.
Another method of checking the tread depth is to use a US penny that has Lincoln's head. Turn the penny until Lincoln's head is upside down and insert it in the tread groove. If you are able to see his head or the empty space above his head, it means the depth level of your tire tread is less than the 1.6 millimeters. This is a sign that you need to buy a replacement.
- Clean the battery terminals regularly.
Over time, corrosion can build up in your G1000 truck battery terminals. Corrosion appears as a white powdery substance. Excessive buildup of corrosion can make it difficult for you to start your truck. You can avoid this by regularly cleaning the terminals with baking soda. First, remove the clamps from the terminal. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and one cup of boiling water into a bowl. Stir the mixture with an old toothbrush and use it to brush away the corrosion from the terminals. Dip the clamps onto the bowl with the mixture to clean the corrosion from it. Rinse the battery and the cables with cold water and thoroughly dry it with a microfiber towel. Once cleaned, apply some petroleum jelly or a battery protection product onto the terminal. This can further protect your battery from corrosion.
Following these three basic guidelines can help in keeping your GMC G1000 series truck running for a long time.