Four Tips for Keeping the GMC R3500 in Top Shape
Robust and powerful, the GMC R3500 does not disappoint as a heavy hauler. What makes it impressive is not only that it sports a utilitarian image; it is also, in essence, a luxury vehicle. Look inside the R3500's cabin and you will find well-appointed interiors, giving the driver a plush ride while the vehicle hauls and tows. The controls are flexible and interior ergonomics are well-thought of. Drive it down the city streets, and the R3500 will still exude a commanding presence. From the outside, you will see that it makes the most out of its industrial-chic styling with very boxy lines. It looks very macho indeed. Here are some tips on how to keep this workhorse in for the long haul.
- Ensure the quality of the fuel.
Changing fuel at least once a year is given for any kind of vehicle. However, what is usually taken for granted is fuel quality inspection. Sometimes, the fuel supply may get bad or contaminated even before the scheduled oil change. Have a monthly schedule of checking the fuel supply. Good, clean fuel is clear and has a rich amber color. If it looks a little bit murky, then it has probably been contaminated. Watch out for this and prevent it from sitting contaminated for too long as this may cause damage to the fuel tank. Make sure that water does not seep in.
The worst thing that can happen is a dying battery. Ensure the battery's life by checking its wirings and terminal caps. Start cleaning if you notice that the parts are becoming grimy beyond recognition. This will certainly affect how the truck will perform. To keep it clean and free from corrosion, a water and baking-soda formula can do just the trick. Use an old toothbrush and scrub the parts. From time to time, check if it's properly charged. When the vehicle is turned off, unplug the accessories and switch off headlights and taillights. Properly caring for the battery will ensure smooth flow of electrical energy to and fro the different engine systems.
In order to keep the R3500 running as it should, special care and attention must be given to the tires. Check the tire pressure at least once every two weeks. Improper tire inflation will make the engine exert more effort than it should. It could also cause some damage to the suspension system and cause discomfort and/or noise while steering. Not to mention, overinflated or underinflated tires will also greatly compromise your driving safety. There are a few horror stories of tires bursting in unlikely places. Make sure that tires receive the appropriate pressure, not too less and not too much. Always replace the tires when necessary and rotate them on schedule. Ensure that the tread depth does not exceed 2/32 of an inch. If the tread depth exceeds beyond that, then take the vehicle to the dealer for tire replacement.
- Inspect the rubber parts.
To keep the R3500 running smoothly, it is imperative to keep engine's rubber components in good condition. The rubber includes the door and window trims and also, the belts. The belts have a huge role in driving key engine parts such as the A/C compressor, the power steering pump, the alternator and the water pump. These parts wear and tear over time, so always keep your guard against any sign of damage or corrosion. Check the belts for any signs of wear and tear. If you can touch them, better. Try to feel their texture and consistency. Look out for cracks, fraying and brittleness. Ensure that they are properly placed and not loose. Clean the rubber trims along the doors and windows with a good car cleanser to remove grime and road salts. Make sure you thoroughly dry them afterwards.