GMC Yukon XL 1500: Common Owner Complaints
The GMC Yukon XL may have all the brawns as a full-size SUV. But even with all the muscles and hard exterior, some vehicles can experience some glitches here and there after they’ve been ran for thousands of miles. A bulky SUV isn’t exempt from this. If you drive a Yukon XL or are about to buy this vehicle, we have here a short list of the common problems you may encounter. By knowing all the typical troublemakers, you’d at least have an idea what to watch out for.
4WD transfer case
Some users have complained about their Yukon XL getting stuck in 4WD or randomly switching to 4WD or 2WD. Problems with the position sensor or switch of the 4WD transfer case may show between 19,000 and 205,000 miles. When the transfer case encoder motor position sensor fails or the selector switch breaks, the service 4WD message will usually warn you about the error. Faults codes in the transfer case module will help identify the problem and guide you with the needed repair.
Speedometer/Instrument panel gauge
The instrument panel gauge, including the speedometer, is also a common problem in the Yukon XL. It has been reported that the instrument cluster may work unpredictably. It may fail to switch on when starting the vehicle, but after a while, the gauges will go back to work on their own. The instrument cluster may suddenly light up and then lose power and die suddenly. Instrument panel malfunction has been a typical complaint. To fix this, the instrument cluster should be checked by a legit repair facility to figure out the problem and correct this with a few adjustments or even some replacements. In some units, the warranty lasts for up to 70,000 miles or for 7 years. This may be covered by the warranty.
Daytime running lights
The Yukon’s daytime running lights are reported to burn out fast. The bulbs have to be replaced more often as a result. To have a much longer bulb life, the right replacement bulbs should be used for the vehicle. The light sockets should also be checked for damage caused by heat.