How to Keep a Comfy and Stable GMC Yukon XL
GMC has a reputation for creating sturdy vehicles that guarantee driving stability and comfortable ride, among which is the GMC Yukon XL. Although lacking the sporty feel, this utility vehicle offers outstanding ride comfort even when loaded with up to eight passengers. However, this feature can also become the very reason for its early deterioration. Some may wrongly presume that its strong body can take on almost anything, unknowingly abusing the vehicle. Having such a mindset puts the vehicle at risk because they might also think that regular checkup is less of a priority, allowing for simple glitches to turn into more serious problems. Here's a list of what to religiously check in order to keep comfort and stability at best:
- Spot cracks on leaf springs.
Leaf springs are resilient supports that enable your GMC Yukon XL to be stable despite the heavy loads. Under normal full load conditions, they can endure constant flexing to help maintain correct axle positions and steering alignments. But when overloaded, one of the springs may break. Be observant of how the ride feels in order to determine the source of the problem. You may feel that the vehicle is swaying or that it suddenly shifts to the side if the leaf spring is broken. Since the vehicle is now less stable, expect handling to become a little hard as well. Also notice the position of the vehicle, if it leans to its left, the damage is on that side, or vice versa. By doing regular checkup, you will be able to notice cracks earlier so as to avoid further damage on other suspension parts.
- Tighten U-bolts and nuts.
Running over potholes and bumps can stress the U-bolts and nuts and become loose in time. In the event that a U-bolt or a nut loosens, the leaf springs will no longer be held as tightly as they should be. This affects the suspension system's capability to make the vehicle run with stability. Consequently, ride comfort is going to suffer. If you travel through unpaved roads, you won't be able to easily notice the problem, and this will make things worse. Soon enough, you will begin to experience difficulty with handling, making your travels less safe. The risk increases as the problem starts to also have impact on the performance of the braking system. You don't have to deal with any of these problems, though, if you check every detail of your GMC Yukon's suspension system regularly.
- Keep the shock absorbers reliable.
The suspension system is not reliable without shock absorbers. It will lack significant cushion that is needed to protect the vehicle from any damage caused by bumps, potholes, heavy loads, and other stresses. Subsequently, the jarring or jolting movements caused by the wheels will have severe impact on the vehicle, especially when traversing through rugged tracks. However, with high-quality shock absorbers, erratic movements will be dampened and reduced. Remember, though, that shock absorbers also wear in due time. It is then necessary to have them regularly inspected and immediately replaced when the need comes.