Ford Tempo/Topaz 1984-1994 Repair Guide

Necessary Equipment


If you intend to utilize a trailer, be aware of the associated equipment involved. For example, the towing ball and hitches used are available in different sizes based upon the weight to be carried. When purchasing a ball and hitch system, make sure it's location is compatible with that of the trailer. Use a good weight carrying hitch that uniformly distributes the trailer tongue loads through the underbody structure for towing trailers up to 1000 lbs.

Under no circumstances should a single or multi-clamp type hitch be installed on your vehicle, damage to the bumper will result. Nor should any hitch which attaches to the axle be used. Underbody mounted hitches are acceptable if installed properly. Never attach safety chains to the bumper.

Whenever the trailer is being used, make sure all parts are secure and in good working order. This includes the lights, the tire pressures, and hardware.

Because most trailer use some type of tail lighting system, make sure the wiring harness used to attach these light is installed properly, with connections that are secure and present no danger of shorting out. Also make sure that the harness does not drag on the ground or crimp when run from the vehicle to the trailer.

If you intend to tow a trailer long distances, it is highly recommended that you install an auxiliary oil cooler for both the power steering and automatic transaxle systems because of the added strain placed upon the associated components. Also if you are towing a full load of 1000 lbs, do not drive at speeds higher than 55 mph. With this much weight, not only will it be difficult to attain and maintain this speed, it will take a greater distance to stop the vehicle should you need to in a hurry.