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. The rear bumper on the vehicle is not intended for hitches. Do not

attach rental hitches or other bumper-type hitches to it. Use

only a frame-mounted hitch that does not attach to the bumper.

. The frame mounted hitch must be compatible with aluminum.

. Will any holes be made in the body of the vehicle when the

trailer hitch is installed? If so, seal the holes when the hitch is

removed. If the holes are not sealed, dirt, water, and deadly

carbon monoxide (CO) from the exhaust can get into the vehicle. See Engine Exhaust 0 228.

Safety Chains

Always attach chains between the

vehicle and the trailer. Cross the safety chains under the tongue of the trailer

to help prevent the tongue from contacting the road if it becomes separated from the hitch. Leave

enough slack so the rig can turn.

Never allow safety chains to drag on the ground.

Trailer Brakes

Does the trailer have its own brakes? State and local regulations may also require the trailer to have its own

braking system if loaded above a

certain threshold. These requirements vary from state to state.

Be sure to read and follow the

instructions for the trailer brakes so they are installed, adjusted, and

maintained properly.

Because the vehicle has antilock

brakes, do not tap into the vehicle's brake system. If this is done, both

brake systems will not work well or at all.

Conversions and Add-Ons

Add-On Electrical Equipment


{ Warning

The Data Link Connector (DLC) is used for vehicle service and

Emission Inspection/Maintenance testing. See Malfunction Indicator

Lamp (Check Engine Light) 0 141.

A device connected to the DLC

such as an aftermarket fleet or

driver-behavior tracking device

may interfere with vehicle systems. This could affect vehicle operation and cause a crash. Such devices

may also access information stored in the vehicles systems.






Some electrical equipment can damage the vehicle or cause

components to not work and would not be covered by the vehicle

warranty. Always check with your dealer before adding electrical


Add-on equipment can drain the

vehicle's 12-volt battery, even if the vehicle is not operating.

The vehicle has an airbag system.

Before attempting to add anything

electrical to the vehicle, see Servicing the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle 0 95 and Adding Equipment to the

Airbag-Equipped Vehicle 0 95.