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Q: What should I do before towing a trailer?

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What should I do before towing a trailer?

No matter what size engine you have in your car, it’s capable of towing at least a lightly loaded trailer. However, there are some important steps that should be taken before you get on the road. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Double check the tire inflation on the trailer.

  • Make sure the the coupler and trailer ball are at the right height. The back end of the trailer should not sag, or sit higher than the ball and hitch.

  • Check the lights on the trailer and that they work on concert with your car’s brake lights, taillights and turn signals.

  • Make sure your cargo is correctly tied down.

Tips

  • Don’t tow a trailer during the first 500 miles on a new engine.

  • During the second 500 miles on a new engine, don’t exceed 45 MPH when towing.

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