How to Prep Your GMC Sierra for a Summer Road Trip

GMC Sierra

2017 GMC Sierra

The American roads can take you almost anywhere—to the beach, to the mountains, to the kitschy roadside attractions. Wherever the roads are taking you this summer, make sure you prep your GMC Sierra before you depart for the best performance and a successful voyage.

Check Your Tires

Your tires are about to roll you and your Sierra across miles and miles of pavement, so make sure they’re ready for the task. They should be filled with air to the recommended PSI and checked for any extreme wear in the tread. With good tires, you’ll get the best fuel efficiency.

Come Prepared

You’ll no doubt be filling your GMC Sierra’s bed with cargo like camping gear, bikes, kayaks, or whatever else you might want on your journey, but make sure you remember the essentials in case of an emergency, like a first-aid kit, extra water and snacks, and even a spare tire kit.

Get a Second Opinion

It’s good and ambitious to check your fluids, your belts, your brakes, and everything else on your own to make sure things are in good condition. But, for the greatest peace of mind, bring your GMC Sierra into Varney Buick GMC and have our GMC-trained technicians give it a look. If there are any issues that might affect your journey we can handle them for you and send you on your way for a victorious summer road trip.

How to Give Your GMC Sierra a Spring Check-Up

GMC Sierra 1500 - Bangor, ME

Keep your Sierra looking and feeling fresh by following these tips!

We’ve finally made it through the winter, and so has your truck. Just as we need to stay healthy and hydrated moving into the warmer seasons, so do our vehicles need their own spring tune-ups.

Here are some of the ways in which we recommend giving each GMC Sierra from Varney Buick GMC a solid spring check-up.

1. Check the Fluids

Think of this step as hydration for your GMC Sierra. Check your truck’s oil level, brake fluids, coolant, and wiper fluids. If anything needs topped off, now is the time to do it.

2. Watch for Leaks

Sometimes warmer weather can cause a radiator hose to bust. Make sure you’re aware of your truck’s surroundings and are watching for any pooling liquid beneath it that would indicate a leak.

3. Wash the Exterior

If you’ve been driving in a snowy area, your pickup is likely covered in road salt. Washing this off isn’t just for looks—it helps to keep your truck’s exterior in good shape. Road salt can cause corrosion and rust, so take your pickup to a car wash and use a pressure washer to wash the salt off the exterior and the underside.

4. Check the Battery

Winter temperatures can cause a battery to lose a lot of its power. Once the warm weather hits, check your pickup’s battery to see that it’s still holding the charge it needs for a successful performance. If not, or if it’s more than four years old, it’s probably time to replace it.