1997 GMC 3500 Pickup Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 GMC 3500 Pickup

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1997 GMC 3500 Pickup Problems

Instrument Panel Lights Flickering and Exterior Lights Intermittent

The headlight switch used on the GMC Sierra 3500 is known to fail through normal operation. Since the headlight switch is also integrated into the interior lights, a malfunctioning switch can cause issues with interior lights as well.

  • Symptoms of a failed headlight switch include:
  • Headlights and taillights failing to turn on or off
  • Interior lights flicker, or fail to turn on or off
  • Gauge cluster lighting off or flickering with headlights on
  • Parking light malfunctions  

This issue is well known with General Motors Trucks and SUVs, and is solved by testing and, if needed, replacing the headlight/dimmer switch. Bad grounding wires at the tail-lights, and dirty/corroded tow package wires can also lead to some of these issues. 

Check Engine Light Due to Gas Cap Issue

Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

Engine Misfire Due to Worn Valve Seat

The engine may develop a misfire due to worn valve seats. This fault will cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Our technicians tell us the misfire may or may not be felt while driving. They further recommend that both cylinder heads be removed and thoroughly inspected and repaired as necessary.

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1997 GMC 3500 Pickup Questions

I replaced in-line fuel filter,did't solve problem.where is oxygen censor locate (1 answer)

the truck started shutting off ,like it was'nt getting fuel,so i replaced fuel in-line filter,worked one day ,then started spitting & idling irratic & shuts off,so i'm trying to locate problem,is it the fuel pump or maybe the oxygen censor & where are they located? need advice...

Is battery or altenator faulty if battery light on and voltmeter at 1/4th dial? (1 answer)

warning light went on and meter indicated discharge when I started ignition.

starter wont engage (1 answer)

when i turn the ignition on starter does not engage.

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1997 GMC 3500 Pickup Recalls

Reclining Seats Create Pinch Hazard

The easy entry recliner seat operation may allow fingers or hands to get caught and pinched within the recliner mechanism. Dealers will install a protective cover over the recliner mechanism free of charge to resolve the concern.

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1997 GMC 3500 Pickup Reviews

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I love my 3500 pu dully it is a real work truck ;I have put allot of toys in it because it paid me back it is in showroom condtion,the ony problem I have is the A?C heater control panel it sometimes blows fuses;Sometimes I feal my Steering floats,other than that ITS great I'll fix the other 2 stuff in time

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