1986 GMC Caballero Maintenance

1986 GMC Caballero Maintenance Schedule

What is the recommended maintenance schedule for the 1986 GMC Caballero?

Here’s Why 1986 GMC Caballero Scheduled Maintenance Matters

You want your GMC Caballero to last as long as possible. With the right maintenance at the right time, your Caballero could be on the road well past the 200,000 mile mark. But how do you know what service to get and when? Instead of waiting for an issue to arise with your Caballero, you can stay ahead of problems before they even begin. Rely on the recommended maintenance schedule that’s been created just for your 1986 GMC Caballero!

This recommended maintenance schedule is written by the auto manufacturer, GMC themselves. Scheduled maintenance services can vary depending on driving conditions, climate, and other factors; however, recommended maintenance usually includes services like oil changes, tire rotations, brake pad replacement, filter changes, and fluid checks and exchanges. Keeping up with routine service appointments is a great way to keep your Caballero running for longer, increase your vehicle safety, and prevent common 1986 GMC Caballero problems.

Learn About Vital Maintenance Needs for Your GMC Caballero

Come to Firestone Complete Auto Care for manufacturer-recommended routine maintenance on your 1986 GMC Caballero and a skilled technician will start the appointment with a Courtesy Check. A Courtesy Check helps "set the stage" for your service and catch any small problems before they turn into big repairs. Each Courtesy Check includes a free battery test and an inspection of your Caballero's windshield wiper blades, head and tail lights, filters, fluid levels, tires, and alignment.

Maybe it's time to find a new auto battery for your 1986 GMC Caballero. If your current battery is more than three years old, it may be time for a replacement (batteries typically last somewhere between three and five years). Yours may need to be replaced sooner depending on your driving habits and climate. Taking short trips or exposing your car to extreme temperatures (like in the dead of winter or heat of summer) could reduce the life expectancy of your GMC Caballero battery. Sure, you could wait until your battery is completely dead, but it’s a much wiser decision to replace it before you need to. Otherwise, your battery could die unexpectedly, leaving you and your Caballero stranded. Your GMC Caballero could quickly go from being a trusty ride to a source of stress in a matter of minutes.

In addition to maintaining a strong battery, investing in regular oil changes can prevent premature wear on your 1986 GMC Caballero engine. Reference the chart toward the top of the page if you're not sure about the optimal oil change intervals for your 1986 Caballero. Keep in mind that your oil change interval could be different given your driving style and climate. Talk to a Firestone Complete Auto Care technician to know when to change your oil. We'll also help you understand what type of oil to use for your 1986 GMC Caballero.

Periodic service to the steering system in your GMC Caballero can help you keep control of your vehicle at all times (plus, it can make for a smoother ride!). Don’t let a misalignment or pulling steering wheel put you in danger. Trust our technicians to inspect system components and if needed, provide GMC Caballero steering and suspension services including wheel alignment, strut replacement, power steering fluid changes, ball joint lubrication, and wheel bearing replacement. Components within your GMC Caballero's steering system require regular maintenance.

If you skip recommended GMC Caballero services, you might find yourself with a hot mess on your hands – quite literally. A damaged A/C system is never fun, and an overheated engine can cause significant issues (like a total car breakdown!). Don’t sweat it, though! Our technicians can take care of those issues, too. At Firestone Complete Auto Care, we have what it takes to provide top-notch service for your GMC Caballero engine heating and cooling systems, as well as your air conditioning. Is it time to replace the radiator in your GMC Caballero? We can take care of that. Got a funny smell coming from your A/C? We’re on it. Firestone Complete Auto Care is the place to go for 1986 GMC Caballero maintenance.

So visit us regularly, or visit us urgently. Many locations are open on weekends and in the evening.

Questions About 1986 GMC Caballero Maintenance

Take an active role in maintaining your 1986 GMC Caballero. Get answers to common GMC Caballero maintenance questions and learn more about caring for your vehicle.

  • What should I do after hitting a pothole in my GMC Caballero? Watch out for pothole damage. If your 1986 Caballero is pulling to one side or the other, your tires or suspension system could be calling out for help.
  • When does my GMC Caballero need high mileage oil? Got 75,000+ miles on the odometer? Consider high mileage motor oil. High mileage oil is formulated to address the specific problems encountered by high mileage vehicles, or those with more than 75,000 miles. It can help reduce oil consumption, smoke, and emissions from older GMC Caballero engines.
  • Can GMC dashboard warning lights wait? Don't ignore dashboard warning lights! Bring your GMC Caballero in for a diagnostic code scan as soon as a dashboard warning light flashes on, whether it's your check engine or battery light. Dashboard lights alert you to trouble under the hood.

Maintain Your GMC Caballero

Your GMC Caballero isn’t just a car. It’s a part of your lifestyle. Keep it running newer, longer and schedule your routine maintenance appointment today.