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About GMC C1500

Belonging to the long-running and renowned C/K lineup, GMC C1500 was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company and sold under its brand GMC from 1979 to 1999 as a full-size pickup truck. Originally introduced as the counterpart to Chevrolet C1500 to enrich the C/K lineup, C1500 also observed the naming convention invented by General Motors, "C" in its name stands for it was two-wheel drive and "1500" means it weighed 3/4 ton. Still, being manufactured through two generations, the 2000-2001 GMC C1500 was badged as GMC 3500HD in the end.
The first-generation GMC C1500 was produced from 1979 to 1987 and looked extremely similar to Chevrolet models. Featured square body or boxy body, C1500 was also available Wideside and Fenderside types of pickup boxes to choose from. It came in four trim levels: base Custom, mid-range Super Custom, luxury Sierra and top-of-the-line Sierra Grande. During this generation, GMC C1500 was powered by 4.1 L I6 rated at 115-120 hp and 200-205 lb-ft of torque and 4.8 L I6 producing 115 horsepower and 210-215 pound-feet of torque. And engines sent power through the 3-speed automatic and 3-speed, 4-speed manual transmissions. The more recent GMC C1500 came in trim levels carried over from the previous generation. And it got power from a 7.4 L V8 rated at 230 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque. Power was sent through the 3-speed or 4-speed automatic transmission. And it was equipped with a passenger-side airbag in order to comply with new federal regulations.

GMC C1500 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Beyond the question, the GMC C1500 enjoys the best build quality and perfect handling capability. But, as the accumulation of mileage, especially after working under intensive labor on the harsh environment, these common problems are unavoidable for C1500:
First, transmission hesitation is said the worst reported problem with the GMC C1500 according to the online car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com. This issue is actually very serious so that it could bring about potential dangers and affect normal driving. Based on some C1500 drivers' experience, this issue often arises when the vehicle reaches about 56,864 miles, luckily, there are some recognizable signs to help you recognize and solve this problem as early as possible. The first obvious sign would be the grinding noises from underneath the vehicle, then the vehicle suffers from difficulty in shifting gears, leaking transmission fluids and transmission slippage. The worse symptom is the vehicle may jump in and out of a two-wheel drive, which poses a big danger for driving. Therefore, please make sure the C1500 transfer case seal, transmission pan, automatic transmission shifter and shift linkage boot are in order before hitting on the road.
Second, on GMC C1500, steering and cooling system failures also lower the overall quality of the vehicle, sometimes, they could lead to horrible consequences. Some C1500 drivers complained about the steering failure and these symptoms it causes such as steering tilt not locking, clicking or grinding sounds while turning and the steering wheel operating roughly. And all these could be attributed to the broken steering column cover. As cooling system failure could result in engine failure, you have to pay more attention to if the coolant leaks on the ground and if the engine keeps at a high operation temperature, once confirmed, please inspect the C1500 coolant reservoir, cooling hose, radiator, head gasket and intake manifold gasket immediately.
For a best-shaped GMC C1500, performing routine maintenance on some vulnerable auto parts of it is your unavoidable job. In order to save your time and energy, you can know what parts of your C1500 need routine maintenance first. Generally, two kinds of parts need, one is electrical parts as they are exposed to a high frequency of usage; one is vital but fragile parts such as windshield wiper, wiper blade, headlight, fog light, seat belt, cabin air filter and antenna and so on. All of them should be maintained on a regular basis.
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