Top Two Troubles with the GMC Sierra 2500
When a pickup truck is named after some mountains, people will start to expect certain things about it-"ruggedness, durability, and staying power" would probably top that list. As far as expectations go, the GMC Sierra 2500 does not disappoint. With a respectable six-year production run that only ended because there were really too many GMC pickup models coming out, the Sierra 2500 was a capable and trusted performer-that it looked good too certainly added to the charm. Of course, no vehicle is ever truly perfect. So here are the two most common gripes people have had with the truck. It pays to be informed.
For some owners, the 2002 GMC Sierra 2500 had a terrifying tendency to crash. The problem with the brakes-for that was the central culprit in these cases-was not limited to just one cause neither. In some cases, the driver would step on the brakes only to find that they simply weren't working anymore! In other cases, the devolution was gradual but nonetheless scary. For the former, it was found that the brakes lines had simply rotted away! The latter was later blamed on rusted lines.
Oddly enough, a recall order was issued for the 2002 Sierra-but for a busted tailgate. Which is all right, because it's probably more economical to have the neighborhood mechanic look it over. Plus, aftermarket replacement brake lines are really durable these days. Sometimes, their quality exceeds even that put out by OE suppliers.
This much more subdued problem comes by way of the 2001 iteration of the GMC Sierra 2500, and was observed at around 24,000 miles. While not as dangerous a rotted-out brake lines, the effect is nonetheless pretty dramatic. In nearly all cases, the power window on one or more sides simply drop down rapidly and do not move up to close again.
There actually is a recall order tied to the 2001 Sierra that does focus on the electrical components. It only covers a small number of trucks so check first before taking any action. Alternatively, getting an aftermarket replacement regulator is also advisable. It might be cheaper, but it seems to solve all the complaints easily.
Preventing GMC Sierra 2500 Suspension Problems: Some Dos and Don’ts
Your GMC Sierra 2500 is a real workhorse. It is built for heavy-duty applications, capable of handling heavy loads and activities day in and day out. However, you must admit that your pickup truck is not immune to wear and tear caused by aging and the daily activities it is engaged in. And when it comes to aging in vehicles, especially in pickups, one of the most common symptoms is sagging.
Do you feel like your car is no longer balanced? Does it seem like it sits lower on its rear compared to the front area? Do you notice your vehicle starting to run like an old man, no longer as stable as it once had been? Well, the good news is that this doesn't mean it's time for your vehicle to retire. In many cases, all you will need is to practice the correct maintenance to reinvigorate your ride and keep it from conking out on you. So, what to do and what not to do? Check out the list below:
- Do ensure that you keep your wheels properly aligned and balanced.
Misaligned wheels are among the common causes of suspension problems, not to mention premature tire wear, and it's something that you can easily avoid by having your wheel alignment regularly checked. Every time you bring your car to the shop to have any suspension work done, alignment of the wheel should always follow.
- Do not ignore the various symptoms showing wear in your vehicle.
These symptoms could include strange squeaks in your ride, together with rattles and vibrations coming from various parts of your auto. If you notice these when you drive your vehicle, these are indications of wearing parts that will have to be checked and replaced as necessary. Otherwise, the problem will likely get worse.
- Do check the various suspension components of your car as soon as problems are suspected.
The springs, the shocks, the struts—all of these should be inspected whenever you notice any suspension trouble. Learn the simple bounce test to check any suspension damage. If you suspect the springs are starting to succumb to old age, have a compression test done to know if you need to replace them with new ones.
- Do not overload your vehicle.
Overloading your pickup is one of the most common reasons of premature failure. If you often carry heavy load on your truck bed, that could be the reason the rear feels lower than the front—the weight has already taken its toll on your vehicle. While your truck is built for heavy-duty activities, be sure you stay within the limit of its carrying capacity.
- Do follow the replacement interval suggested by your vehicle manufacturer when it comes to your vehicle parts.
Some of your car parts are designed to be replaced after a specific number of miles, and you must follow this to avoid troubles down the road. For instance, shock absorbers have to be replaced after around 50,000 miles. Check your car manual to learn when to do the replacement for your GMC Sierra 2500 suspension components.