Chrysler Front Wheel Drive Cars 4-CYL 1981-1995 Repair Information

General Recommendations


Your vehicle was primarily designed to carry passengers and cargo. It is important to remember that towing a trailer will place additional loads on your vehicle's engine, drive train, steering, braking and other systems. However, if you find it necessary to tow a trailer, using the proper equipment is a must.

Local laws may require specific equipment such as trailer brakes or fender mounted mirrors. Check your local laws.

Trailer towing by convertible models is not recommended by the manufacturer.

Trailer towing is best performed by vehicles equipped with special towing packages to improve engine and transaxle cooling and to help the suspension system carry the extra weight. However, towing is permitted without these special systems, provided the road conditions are normal (both ascending and descending steep hills must be avoided) and the temperatures are moderate (extreme heat must also be avoided). The sole exception is that towing is strictly prohibited with a turbocharged engine. This is because of the tremendous ability of the turbocharged engine to produce high power output, which, in the absence of towing a trailer, can usually be sustained for only very short periods.

The Maximum loads for the V6 engines is a total maximum of 2,000 lbs. (907 kg). The trailer tongue load must not cause the total weight permitted for your car to be exceeded. Note also that, if the trailer weighs more than 1,000 lbs. (454 kg) it must not be towed without its own brakes, as the capacity of the vehicle's brakes will be substantially exceeded.

Check the automatic transaxle fluid level and color. Make sure the fluid level is correct. If the fluid is burnt, replace the fluid and filter. Should the temperature gauge rise above the normal indication while driving on the highway, reduce your speed. If the engine begins to get hot in traffic, put the (automatic) transaxle in neutral and allow the engine to idle and normal idle speed.