Buick CENTURY 1994 Owner Manual

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O The hampers on your vehicle are not intended for hitches. Do not attach rental hitches or other burnper-type hitches to them. Use only a frame-mounted hitch that does not attach to the bumper.

Safety Chains

You should always attach chains between your vehicle and your trailer. Cross the safety chains under the tongue of the trailer so that the tongue will not drop to the road if it honorees separated from the hitch. Instructions about safety chains may be provided by the hitch manufacturer or by the trailer manufacturer: Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for attaching safety chains. Always leave just enough slack so you can turn with your rig. And. never allow safety chains to drag on the ground.

'It‘ailer Brakes

Does your trailer have its own brakes? Be sure to read and follow the instructions for the trailer brakes so you‘ll be able to install. adjust and maintain them properly. Biz-cause you have anti—lock brakes. do not try to tap into your vehicle‘s brake system. If you do. both brake systems won't work well. or at all.

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Driving with a Trailer

Towing a trailer requires a certain amount of experience. Before setting out for the open road. you'll want to gel to know your rig. Acquaint yourself with the feel of handling and braking with the added weight of the trailer. And always keep in mind that the vehicle you are driving is now a good deal longer and not nearly so responsive as your vehicle is by itself.

Before you start. check the trailer hitch and plarl'omt, safety chains, electrical connector, lights, tires and mirror adjustment- if the trailer has electric brakes. start your vehicle and trailer moving and then apply the trailer brake controller by hand to be sure the brakes are working. This lets you check your electrical connection at the same time.

During your trip. cheek occasionally to he sure that the load is secure, and that the lights and any trailer brakes are still working.

Following Distance

Stay at least twice as far behind the vehicle ahead as you would when driving your vehicle without a trailer. This can help you avoid situations that require heavy braking and sudden turns.

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