GMC Sierra 3500 Repair and Maintenance

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

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GMC Sierra 3500 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.

Replace spark plugs every 100,000 miles

The spark plugs should be replaced every 100,000 miles. Our technicians recommend replacing the spark plug wires also at this time.

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GMC Sierra 3500 Questions

REPORT OF SITUATION NOW... (1 answer)

Well reset the passcode by following my lock smith told me to do and was still having issues so a friend came over took him 5 hours but he got it started and it now is in limp mode for whatever reason... I have new battery fuel filter system cleaner does anyone now where the reset button is for t...

I had to replace steering column with new key now i get no fuel at all (2 answers)

Truck was stolen when i got it back they never had the key that went with it so I had to replace the steering column with new key. Cuz they ripped the old one out trying to start it . now i get no fuel at all when i turn it on....

how to replace rear rotor on dually (2 answers)

do you have to pull axel

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GMC Sierra 3500 Recalls

Front Passenger Air Bag Defective

In a crash that deploys the passenger front air bag, the inflator of the air bag can rupture, causing metal debris to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator free of charge to correct the concern.

Auxiliary Battery Fuse Link Melts

If too much current is drawn from the auxiliary battery, the fusible link can melt, causing risk of fire. Dealers will replace the jumper harness with one that includes a 40 amp inline fuse, and provide vehicle owners with supplemental owners manual information free of charge to resolve the problem.

Possible Under Hood Electrical Fire

The heated washer module under the hood could overheat due to excessive current draw. Under certain conditions, this could result in an under hood fire. This previous recall attempt in 2008 to repair this concern did not have the expected success. Dealers will now permanently disable and remove the heated washer module to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin on June 20, 2010.

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GMC Sierra 3500 Reviews

1 Bad ASS truck, 160,000. Best for the money.
tranmission goes out to fast blown 2 gears last year
My 1st diesel and I LOVE IT!!! The Duramax is a fantastic engine. Bought with 162,756 on the clock and she runs as new if not better. I just drove across the USA with ZERO issues, this is a keeper machine for me.

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