Top Complaints about the GMC Yukon XL 2500
GMC has built a reputation on the quality of its trucks and SUVs, and the GMC Yukon XL 2500 is certainly up there among the ranks of some of the best SUVs ever made in America and the world. It was perfect in a sense because it could be used for both business and pleasure, and was certainly a very beefy, manly car. Since the 2500's debut in 1933-then as a station wagon-it has been the benchmark and leader in its class. It in fact holds the distinction as bearing the longest running nameplate in history. Still, it's not without its troubles. Here are the most common ones to help users have a much better experience with this American classic:
This particular problem plagues the 2001 Yukon at around 75,000 miles. Any trouble with brakes or the braking system in general is nothing laugh about, but as far as problems goes, this one is a little more subdued than what can be expected. It is actually very difficult to detect because, in most cases, it manifests as a more difficult to press brake. There are worst case scenarios, however, wherein the failure led to serious damage to the battery-these are thankful rarer.
The best thing is to have the ABS module checked out by the dealer. Even if they say that it's beyond the warranty and irreplaceable, aftermarket modules are always available, and they are actual great in quality and low in price.
More brake breaks-parking
Amazingly enough, this problem is still a fault on the 2001 Yukon XL 2500. It seems that year had a monopoly on braking problems. This one is simpler, more mechanical, and an inconvenience more than a hazard. The parking brakes on some 2500s simply wouldn't engage. Owners jerked and tugged all they wanted but the parking brake refused to keep the SUV in place. A simple trip to the dealer or even mechanic resolves this one lickety split, and shouldn't cost too much. Still, given that it's hard to keep the 2500 in place all day long, it's a problem that should be resolved as soon as it's encountered.
FAQs—GMC Yukon XL 2500
The GMC Yukon XL 2500 smells like rotten eggs, and I'm not sure where this is coming from. What could be the cause of this awful smell? Any hint?
There rotten egg smell indicates a problem with the catalytic converter. The catalytic converter may not be doing a good job at converting hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust into sulfur dioxide. This causes the obnoxious odor. The catalytic converter may fail or become overloaded due to an engine that's not running smoothly. Check the catalytic converter right away and fix it before it causes trouble with emissions. Replace it if needed.
The engine seems to run hot easily and tends to overheat fast. When I checked the coolant level, there seems to be enough fluid. I've crossed out the possibility of an internal combustion leak caused by a bad head gasket or a cracked engine block. It seems like the overheating problem is due to poor circulation. What could be causing this?
If there's enough coolant yet the fluid doesn't seem to flow freely, one of the things you should be looking at is a stuck closed thermostat. Lack of circulation may also be a result of a bad water pump or a faulty belt. If the engine runs well when you drive the vehicle slowly but tends to overheat on the highway where the vehicle runs at higher speeds, this could be blamed on a clogged radiator, especially if it takes a while to cool down the engine. If the engine tends to overheat when driven around the city or town but runs well on the highway, there could be a problem with the airflow. Check for a bad fan clutch, a faulty fan, and a busted relay or sensor. If these clues lead you nowhere, then you'd better have the cooling system checked by a professional.
Why do I hear a squeak when I hit the brakes? What should I check?
A bit of brake noise isn't bad and not unusual at all. Because of dust and humidity, as well as braking in a stop-and-go traffic, the pads could glaze or harden. This generates noise through friction surfaces that come in contact. This can also be an effect of crystallization. The brake noise shouldn't be ignored, however. This could be a sign of an impending brake trouble. This should be taken as a warning. There could be a broken link or faulty brake part that needs to be checked out and serviced.
I just changed the tires of my GMC recently because of wear. What's the main cause of tire damage?
A long list of factors could contribute to the tires' accelerated or premature wear. The main cause of tire damage, however, still remains to be improper inflation. By failing to check the tire pressure regularly, the tires may develop uneven wear due to under- or over-inflation. This results in poor traction and may affect fuel mileage. Apart from keeping the tires properly inflated, they should also be balanced, rotated, and aligned.