Toyota Celica 1986-1993 Repair Guide

General Recommendations


Your Celica can be used for trailer towing; however, the vehicle is designed primarily as a passenger carrying vehicle. The towing of a trailer will have an effect on, handling, performance, braking, durability and fuel consumption. Keep the following in mind when towing a trailer.

Before beginning a trip, check that all the lights and turn signals are operational and physically check that the trailer-vehicle electrical connectors are tight. At random intervals during the trip, repeat this check.
Avoid jerky starts and sudden acceleration. If equipped with a manual transaxle, prevent excessive clutch slippage by keeping the engine rpm low and always start out in first gear.
When backing in a trailer, always have someone to guide you to reduce the possibility of an accident.
When towing a trailer, vehicle-to-vehicle stopping distances are increased. For each 10 mph of speed, allow at least one vehicle and one trailer length between you and the vehicle ahead. Avoid sudden braking on wet and slippery surfaces.
In order to maintain braking and charging system efficiency, do NOT use the fifth gear (manual transaxles) or overdrive (automatic transaxles).
Slow down and shift into a lower gear before descending steep or long downhill grades. Do NOT make sudden downshifts.
Avoid holding the brake pedal down too long or too frequently. This could cause he brakes to overheat and reduce their efficiency.
Because of the additional load placed on the engine by the trailer, the engine is more susceptible to overheating during hot weather, especially when pulling the trailer up a long or steep hill. Be more conscious of the temperature gauge when operating with a trailer during hot weather.
When parking, always place wheel chocks under both the wheels of the vehicle and the wheels of the trailer. Apply the parking brake firmly and place the transaxle in P (automatic) or in reverse (manual). Avoid parking on a slope whenever possible. But, if you have to park on a slope, perform the following:

  1. Apply the parking brake and hold it.
  3. Have someone place a set chocks under the wheels of the vehicle and a set under the wheels of the trailer.
  5. When the chocks are properly in place, slowly release the parking brake until the chocks absorb the load.
  7. Apply the parking brake firmly.
  9. Shift into reverse (manual) or P (automatic) and stop the engine.

When pulling away from the parking spot on a slope, perform the following:

  1. With the transaxle in P (automatic) or the clutch pedal depressed (manual), start the engine. With automatic transaxles, be sure to keep the brake pedal depressed.
  3. Shift into gear.
  5. Release the parking brake (with the foot on the brake pedal for automatic transaxles) and slowly back or pull away from the wheel chocks. Stop the vehicle and apply the brakes.
  7. Have someone remove the wheel chocks.