1981 Volvo DL, GL and GLT
Bumper mounted or installed trailer hitches should not be used on Volvo cars.
Additional lighting equipment must be connected to specific points in the electrical system. Otherwise
the bulb failure warning light will come on. (See your Volvo dealer.)
Trailer hauling does not normally present any particular problems, but take into consideration:
The hitch tongue load is 200 lbs (90 kgs).
Engine and transmission are subject to increased loads.
Avoid overload and other abusive operation.
Hauling a trailer affects handling, durability and economy.
It is necessary to balance trailer brakes with the towing vehicle brakes to provide a safe stop (check
and observe State regulations).
More frequent vehicle maintenance is required.
Remove the ball and drawbar assembly when the hitch is not in used.
Do not drive with trunk lid or tailgate
Poisonous exhaust gases may enter via the open trunk lid or tailgate. (This is especially true for wagon
If the trunk lid or tailgate for any reason must be open, proceed as follows:
Close the windows.
Set the heating system controls for FLOOR and DEF to max. and the blower to full speed (4). See
section titled "Heating and Ventilation".
Vehicle load, tire design and inflation pressure are important for proper handling. Therefore check that
the tires are inflated to the recommended pressure according to the vehicle load.
It is recommended to use tires of the same make and dimensions on all four wheels.
Do not mix radial ply and bias ply tires as this will adversely alter the vehicle handling
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