Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

General Recommendations


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Honda does not recommend that 1984-88 vehicles tow any type of trailer. Your car was primarily designed to carry passengers and cargo. Towing a trailer will place additional loads on your vehicle's engine, drive train, steering, braking and other systems.

The 1989-95 Accord and Prelude models may tow trailers subject to the following rules. All rules must be met for safe towing:

Do not tow a trailer during the 600 mile break-in period.
The weight of the trailer and its cargo cannot exceed 1000 lbs. (450 kg).
The Gross Vehicle Weight must not exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) shown on the certification label inside the left door. The gross weight of the vehicle is the grand total of vehicle, passengers, luggage and loaded trailer.
The maximum trailer tongue load or weight is 100 lbs. (45 kg). If a smaller trailer is being used, tongue weight should be approximately 10 percent of trailer weight. This is usually achieved by loading the trailer with about 60 percent of the weight forward of the trailer axle.
The total weight supported by each axle must not exceed the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) shown on the certification label. This requires that the load (passengers, cargo and trailer) be evenly distributed within the car.
Electric trailer brakes are recommended for all but the smallest trailers. Never tap into the car's hydraulic brake system for trailer brakes. Consult a reputable recreational vehicle dealer for information on electric brake controllers.
All trailers must be secured to the tow vehicle by safety chains as well as the hitch.

Local laws may require specific equipment such as fender mounted mirrors. Check your state or provincial laws.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Total trailer weight must not exceed 1000 lbs.; tongue weight must not exceed 100 lbs.