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Perform maintenance services as prescribed in the main-
tenance schedules manual. When your vehicle is used for
trailer towing, never exceed the gross axle weight rating
(GAWR) by the addition of:
The tongue weight of the trailer.
The weight of any other type of cargo or equipment
put in or on your vehicle.
Remember that everything put in or on the trailer adds
to the load on your vehicle.
The Manufacturer’s Passenger Vehicle Warranty will
apply to vehicles used to tow trailers for non-commercial
use. However the following conditions must be met:
The maximum frontal area of the trailer cannot exceed
20 square feet (1.86 square meters).
If using a manual transaxle vehicle for trailer towing,
all starts must be in FIRST gear to avoid excessive
The trailer tongue load must be considered as part of
the combined weight of occupants and cargo, and
should never exceed the weight referenced on the Tire
and Loading Information placard. Refer to the Tire–
Safety Information Section in this manual.
The “D” range can be selected when towing. However,
if frequent shifting occurs while in this range, the “3”
range must be selected.
NOTE: Using the “3” range while operating the vehicle
under heavy operating conditions will improve perfor-
mance and extend transaxle life by reducing excessive
shifting and heat build up.
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