GMC Yukon XL 2500 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your GMC Yukon XL 2500

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GMC Yukon XL 2500 Problems

Reduced Power and Check Engine Light

The 2008-2014 GMC Yukon XL 2500 uses a throttle position sensor (TPS) which commonly fails and causes:

This issue is related to the throttle position sensor, and can be caused by faulty wiring to the TPS, bad connection at the TPS, or a failed TPS.

To correct this issue, the wiring harness, connector, and throttle position sensor must be inspected, tested, and/or replaced. The most common cause is a faulty TPS.

Instrument Panel Lights Flickering and Exterior Lights Intermittent

The headlight switch used on the GMC Yukon XL 2500 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. 

GM Headlight Switch

Speedometer or Other Instrument Panel Gauge May Work Erratically

The speedometer or other instrument panel gauge may begin to work erratically at times. Our technicians tell us that the instrument cluster must be sent to a repair facility to correct this fault. The warranty has been extended on some of these units to 7 years or 70,000 miles.

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GMC Yukon XL 2500 Questions

My Yukon ended up in a water filled ditch up to the windshield. (1 answer)

I have dried out fuse boxes, electrical plugs and checked the ECU. The water also filled the floorboards inside, just in the front. I purged the water from the cylinders and drained the oil. Vehicle will start but will only run for a couple seconds and then shut off. I need help to figure this out.

My Yukon has no power, won't start. The key remote isn't working either (1 answer)

How do I remove the SERVICE RIDE CONTROL from the dash. (1 answer)

I REPLACED THE AUTO RIDE ELECTRIC SHOCKS WITH REGULAR H.D. TRUCK SHOCKS.THANKS

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GMC Yukon XL 2500 Recalls

Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures On Deployment

The passenger frontal air bag inflator may rupture on deployment, causing metal fragments to come through the air bag and injure occupants. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the concern.

Ignition Switch

The ignition switch actuator can bind causing the ignition switch to stick in the "start" position. If this were to occur the actuator can unexpectedly release, cause the ignition switch to snap back into the "Accessory" position. This would cause the engine to turn off with an associated loss of brake and steering power assist. If these conditions were to lead to a crash the airbags may not deploy as expected. Dealers will inspect and replace the ignition lock housing as necessary to correct this concern.

Engine Stalls From Electrical Module Short

The chassis electrical module can short due to internal contamination. This can result in the vehicle stalling. Dealers will replace the chassis electronic module free of charge to resolve the concern.

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