GM Prizm/Nova 1985-1993 Repair Guide

Necessary Equipment


Use only a hitch which is recommended by the manufacturer for your car and conforms to the weight requirements of the trailer. The hitch should be firmly bolted to the rear bumper but should not interfere with the motion of the energy absorbing bumper. Do not use axle-mounted hitches as they will place undue loads on the rear suspension, wheel bearings and tires. It is recommended by Chevrolet that the hitch be removed when not in use to prevent additional damage in the event of a rear end collision.

Wiring connections will need to be made from the car to the trailer. Minimum lighting requirements include tail lights, brake lights and turn signals. Some trailers now include sidemarker and reverse lights as well.

The additional turn signals may cause the system to flash very slowly or not at all. this can be cured by installing a heavy-duty turn signal flasher.

Electric trailer brakes are recommended for any trailer over 1000 lbs. Your local laws may require brakes on trailers over a specific weight. Consult your dealer or a reputable repair facility for the correct wiring hook-ups.


The total weight of the trailer and its load must NOT exceed 1400 lbs. The tongue weight (weight on the hitch) must not exceed 140 lbs or 10% of the total trailer weight, whichever is less.

The trailer must be loaded so that about 60% of the total load is in the front half of the trailer. Make sure that any load is secured in place; a sudden weight shift can radically upset the handling of the trailer and the tow vehicle.

As a further caution, the TOTAL weight of the vehicle and trailer (including passengers, luggage, hitch, trailer and cargo) cannot exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) shown on the manufacturer's plate on the left door jamb.