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Old 01-28-2015, 10:05 AM   #57
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Let us know.

Seattle, isn't it cold there?
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:37 PM   #58
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Well, we got some good news from Ford. They found a dead cell in the MKX battery which was keeping it from maintain a strong charge. New Battery (no charge) and anxiously awaiting our next leg of the trip to see if we can go a full day of towing and have the MKX start at the end of the day...

Thanks for all the comments and suggestions, I think we may be putting this one to bed finally.

We didn't make it to Seattle but stopped in Longview WA and will head to Seattle Friday. But the weather is beautiful here (high 50's and low 40's at night) but a little wet and cloudy.

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Old 01-29-2015, 06:30 AM   #59
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Why wait until you pull it again.
On a day when you won't be driving it.
Set it up like you are pulling it, except for the 12V cord hook up.
Write down the time you set it up and then just wait 8 hours and then see if it starts.

On my MKS I done that and also checked the battery volts before set up and then after the 8 hours. Trying out a 5W solar battery charger in the back window.
Battery started out at 13V and had 12V after 8 hours. Starts fine after.
My tester doesn't read like 12.6 or so.

My BrakeMaster system also uses no 12V and I turn engine off NO ACC position.
Only the gear selector in the dash stays lite up. Warning that it is not in Park does goes out after a while.
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That is a good idea. I think I will step out and put it in ACC Right now, our aux braking plugs into the car 12v system and probably draws a fair amount of power but this test will give a good starting spot

I purchased a 5 watt solar charger in ours and it didn't do diddly squat, but I placed it on front dash and it may have blocked from the sunlight at times so you may get better results using rear window. Are you having issues with your MKS battery ?
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I haven't towed my MKS yet. I got it in Oct. and had it set up then for 4 down.
At my winter spot now. So first day of towing is going to be April 30th.

That was the reason I did the test myself. But the manual for the MKS doesn't even say what to do after a 5 min engine run, then how to put it in "N".
That is the end of the towing instructions in the manual.

Manual doesn't even say to turn engine off. Or to put it in ACC.
I don't really think they want you to keep engine running while pulling it.
So I tested it with engine in the off mode.

Like I posted the 5W charger did lose 1V in the 8 hours. Before test unplugged it was putting out 13V. But the manual does say after towing 6 hours to start and run engine for 5 minuets.

And my rear window has had extra tinting put on it. I had all windows tinted within 2 hours after picking it up from the dealer new.

I usually stop for breakfast and a fuel stop every day plus a rest area or 2. Thus for the longer time test. 99.9% of the time when traveling. I am usually at the next nights stop within the 6 hours of towing.
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Triker has a simple one. All he has to do according to the manual is:

[QUOTE]You can tow your all-wheel drive vehicle with all four wheels on the ground or with all four wheels off the ground using a vehicle transport trailer. Do not tow your all-wheel drive vehicle with the front wheels off the ground (by using a tow dolly) and the rear wheels on the ground. This causes damage to your all-wheel drive system. If you are using a vehicle transport trailer, follow the instruction specified by the equipment provider. If you are towing with all four wheels on the ground, see the following instructions.

If you tow your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground:
•Tow only in the forward direction.
•Release the parking brake.
•Place the transmission in position N.
•Do not exceed 65 mph (105 km/h).
•Start the engine and allow it to run for five minutes at the beginning
of each day and every six hours thereafter. With the engine running
and your foot on the brake, shift into position D and then into
position R before shifting back into position N [UNQUOTE]

I wonder what the big difference is. Now mine is an SUV and it is a 2013.

The 2014 MKX has even a different setting. It has a vehicle setting for "Neutral Tow."

Strange it is.
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First full day of traveling today after replacing our battery on the toad. Lincoln said old battery had a bad cell and replaced the battery last week.

Well, we left the campground this morning and battery was at 12.6 volts when we left the RV park at 9:30am. Just stopped for the day at 3:00 pm (super windy in Oregon today, 30 plus). I checked the battery once we got situated and it read 12.35 volts.

Just one day, but I think I am back to loving the MKX again.
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Did you tow in ACC position, or OFF position?
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ACC position and information screen off. I told the Lincoln Service manager what you had been told "Ford technicians knew of no reason to put into the acc position and off should be fine" and they said they felt that was probably correct and they also knew of nothing that needed acc power" but I think we both know that following the manual is the best method if we can make it work.

Run for 5 minutes and shift thru gears
Put in "N"
Kill engine
Put in ACC mode
Turn off information screen

I do have the RVI charge line supplying a small charging current from the 7-way light plug. I think this helps with the draw from my RVI2 aux brake system.

It seems to be working fine. I did put a battery charger on the battery for a couple of hours tonight, so I can start out with a full charge tomorrow. If all goes well, hopefully I can eliminate the evening battery topping off.
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I think that they just copied and pasted from past manuals that needed the ACC position to be used. Most likely from steering wheel locks.

I also turn off my auto windshield wipers and auto lights when in ACC and towing. Sometimes I do forget. I believe that I had a bad battery, for whatever reason and that was the cause of two times going dead in the 4 months we were on the road.
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ACC position and information screen off. I told the Lincoln Service manager what you had been told "Ford technicians knew of no reason to put into the acc position and off should be fine" and they said they felt that was probably correct and they also knew of nothing that needed acc power" but I think we both know that following the manual is the best method if we can make it work.

Run for 5 minutes and shift thru gears
Put in "N"
Kill engine
Put in ACC mode
Turn off information screen

I do have the RVI charge line supplying a small charging current from the 7-way light plug. I think this helps with the draw from my RVI2 aux brake system.

It seems to be working fine. I did put a battery charger on the battery for a couple of hours tonight, so I can start out with a full charge tomorrow. If all goes well, hopefully I can eliminate the evening battery topping off.
Well, how's it going?
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Thanks for inquiring Wayne, we are having great results since the new battery install.


We have towed 5 full days so far, each over 300 mile legs. The first two worked great and had 12.3 volts at the end of the day but I would hook up battery charger each night to insure I started out the next day with a full charge.


The last three days (all had around 12.3 volts when checking with volt meter at battery lugs) at the end of the day, but the good news is I didn't recharge at the end of the day. I did run engine the 5 minutes or maybe a little more as required at the end of day or after 6 hours and at the start of each morning like the manufacture directions state. But I think my issue is resolved and I am towing in "ACC" mode with climate, entertainment and information screen all turned off.


Have you had any new issues? We are at home but headed out for Tucson Arizona in a couple of weeks but don't expect any issues. It is great when it all works.
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Does the mileage add while towing the MKX

I have not ordered the MH yet waiting for our condo to sell. I thought I had read that the miles click off even with the engine off. Is this true? Thanks Randy
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The miles do not register on our 2013 MKX when we tow.
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