Buick SKYLARK 1997 Owner Manual

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Your vehicle can tow a trailer if it is equipped with a 3100 {Code M] engine and proper trailer towing equipmenL To identify what the vehicle n‘ailering capacity is for your vehicle. you should read the information in “Weight of the Trailer" that appears later in this section. But trailerlng is different than just driving your vehicle by itself. "Trailering means changes in handling. durability and fuel economy. Successful. safe trailering takes correct equipment. and it has to be

used properly.

That’s the reason for this parL in it are many

Lime- tested, important trailering tips and safety rules. Many of these are important for your safety and that of your passengers. So please read this section carefully before you pull a trailer.

Load-pulling components such as the engine. transaxle. wheel assemblies and tires are forced to work harder against the drag of the added weight. Tl’lf: engine is required to operate at relatively higher speeds and under greater loads. generating extra heaL What‘s more. the trailer adds considerably to wind resistance. increasing the pulling roquhernen Ls.

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If You Do Decide '[lo Pull A Traller If you do, here are some important points:

There are many different laws, including speed limit restrictions. having to do with trailer-jag. Make sure your rig will be legal, not only where you live but also where you‘ll be driving, A good source for this infomation can be state or provincial police.

Consider using a sway control. You can ad: a hitch dealer about sway controls.

Don't tow a trailer at all during the first 1,000 miles {1 fill] ion} your new vehicle is driven. Your engine. axle or other parts could be damaged.

Then, during the first 500 miles {800 km) that you tow a trailer, don't drive over 50 mph (Ell lmu'h} and don‘t make starts at full throttle. This helps your engine and other parts of your vehicle was: in at the heavier loads.

Obey speed limit resu-ietions when towing a trailer. Don‘t drive faster than the maximum posted speed for trailers for no more than 55 mph (90 Forum} to save wear on your vehicle's parts.

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