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About GMC K3500

As an indispensable model in the time-honored and amazing GMC C/K lineup, GMC K3500 was produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's GMC division between 1960 and 1999 as a full-size pickup truck. Originally introduced to enrich the C/K lineup, K3500 was also a counterpart to the Chevrolet K3500. It also adopted General Motors' naming convention that would be used for next forty years. "K" in its name indicates that it is driven by four wheels and "3500" means it has a weigh of 1.5 ton. But just like other members of this C/K lineup, K3500 was also replaced by GMC Sierra after being manufactured for four generations.
The third-generation GMC K3500 was produced from 1972 to 1987 and made its debut in mid-1972 as a 1973 model. Originally it came in four trim levels: base (standard) Custom, mid-range Super Custom, luxury Sierra and top-of-the-line luxury Sierra Grande. In the 1975 model year, these trim levels were revised to base Sierra, mid-range Sierra Grande, luxury High Sierra and top-of-the-line luxury Sierra Classic. During this generation, K3500 was powered by engine ranging from 4.1 L I6 to 6.2 L V8 and engines sent power through 3-speed, 4-speed automatic and manual transmissions to the four wheels. The last-generation K3500 was introduced in April 1987 as a 1988 model. It came in four different versions: Fleetside Single Cab, Fleetside Extended Cab, Fleetside Crew Cab and Stepside Single Cab and three trim levels: Cheyenne, Scottsdale and Silverado. And engines varying from 4.3 L V6 to 6.5 L turbo diesel V8 mounted to 3-speed, 4-speed automatic and 4-speed, 5-speed manual transmissions are its power sources.

GMC K3500 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

For a vehicle with a long history like GMC K3500, no matter how tough and how well it was built, now, it must be on the verge of breaking down. If you want to sustain your K3500 for a longer time, you had better be known clearly about these common problems on it:
First, for a full-size pickup truck like GMC K3500, a well-functioning braking system could save your life under critical circumstances. But for GMC K3500 drivers, braking system seems to be a vulnerable system on the vehicle. Many drivers have complained that after a while of driving, the brakes become poorly responded and noisy, brake pedal becomes pulsating, and sometimes the parking brake cable could not hold the vehicle properly, the rear brakes are locked up, especially on wet surfaces. And once the Brake Warning Light, Parking Warning Light and ABS Light come on, please inspect if the K3500 brake disc, brake caliper, brake drum, brake backing plate, parking brake cable, brake proportioning valve, ABS control module and brake pad.
Second, another troublesome issue on GMC K3500 would be the suspension failure. It is not hard to imagine as K3500 mostly works under harsh road conditions. For your safety, you need to learn about how to diagnose and solve this issue as soon as possible. In general, this problem often starts with grinding or roaring noise from the tire area, which is actually the sign of uneven and excessive tire wear. And gradually, you will hard to control the vehicle due to intense car vibration, tilting vehicle caused by uneven tire wear and loose steering wheel. Please make sure the K3500 wheel bearing, shock absorber, leaf spring insulator, sway bar bushing and control arm bushing are in good condition before hitting the road.
Apart from common problems, you also need to perform routine maintenance on some vulnerable auto parts of your GMC K3500 to prevent some unexpected accidents. In general, you need to maintain K3500 windshield wiper, wiper blade, seat belt, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter routinely since they all important in creating safe and comfortable driving trip.
If you want to own a long-lived GMC K3500, you are advised to choose OEM GMC K3500 auto parts without hesitation when faced with selecting parts replacements for your vehicle. And GmPartsPrime.com could be your prime online parts store as it covers a broad selection of lowest-priced manufacturer-warrantied genuine GMC K3500 auto parts. These OEM K3500 parts are also available for our hassle-free return policy and fastest delivery service. Order now with the fullest confidence and bring your K3500 back to the prime condition in the shortest time!