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Old 05-17-2015, 07:56 PM   #1
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2014 Ford Focus flat tow question

I am new to the towing arena. We purchased a 2014 Ford Focus hatchback SE auto with key ignition. The procedure below states to move the ignition to the off position. Won't the steering wheel lock? or is that not a problem?
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The owners manual states:

Vehicles with an Automatic Transmission but No Push Button Start
System
Note: There must be battery power to properly move the transmission’s
internal components to position N in Step 3. In addition, moving the
gearshift to position N without first turning the ignition to the on (II)
position limits the towing capability to 35 mph (56 km/h) and 50 miles
(80 kilometers).
1. Release the parking brake.
2. Turn the ignition to the on (II) position.
3. Press the brake pedal, then move the gearshift to position N.
4. Wait for TRANSMISSION READY to appear in the multi-function
display, then turn the ignition to the off (0) position and release
the brake pedal.
5. Disconnect the negative (black) cable from the battery.
(The anti-theft system does not function until the battery cable is
reconnected.) See Changing the vehicle battery in the
Maintenance chapter when disconnecting and reconnecting the
battery cable.
• The maximum towing speed is 70 mph (113 km/h).
• There is no limitation on towing distance.
When done towing, start the engine within 15 minutes of reconnecting
the battery cable. When reconnecting that cable, tighten it until it is
snug against the terminal. Be careful not to over-tighten.
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Old 05-17-2015, 08:04 PM   #2
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What they're telling you is that you're going to be towing with the ignition in the "on" position.

You must disconnect the negative power cable from the battery to de-power the automobile.

The easiest way to do this is to equip the vehicle with a Battery Doctor power cutoff switch--available at Camping World online for $30.

You may be able to pick them up at major auto parts chains and local RV dealers.
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Old 05-17-2015, 08:49 PM   #3
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I am new to the towing arena. We purchased a 2014 Ford Focus hatchback SE auto with key ignition. The procedure below states to move the ignition to the off position. Won't the steering wheel lock? or is that not a problem?

Thanks!



The owners manual states:



Vehicles with an Automatic Transmission but No Push Button Start

System

Note: There must be battery power to properly move the transmission’s

internal components to position N in Step 3. In addition, moving the

gearshift to position N without first turning the ignition to the on (II)

position limits the towing capability to 35 mph (56 km/h) and 50 miles

(80 kilometers).

1. Release the parking brake.

2. Turn the ignition to the on (II) position.

3. Press the brake pedal, then move the gearshift to position N.

4. Wait for TRANSMISSION READY to appear in the multi-function

display, then turn the ignition to the off (0) position and release

the brake pedal.

5. Disconnect the negative (black) cable from the battery.

(The anti-theft system does not function until the battery cable is

reconnected.) See Changing the vehicle battery in the

Maintenance chapter when disconnecting and reconnecting the

battery cable.

• The maximum towing speed is 70 mph (113 km/h).

• There is no limitation on towing distance.

When done towing, start the engine within 15 minutes of reconnecting

the battery cable. When reconnecting that cable, tighten it until it is

snug against the terminal. Be careful not to over-tighten.

Nkferg, no, the steering doesn't lock on this car. You can demonstrate that to yourself by turning the wheel with your key out. I have a 2012 Ford Focus with the exact same instruction. Just follow those instructions to the letter and you'll be just fine.
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nkferg,
The steering wheel will not lock if the transmission is in the neutral position. No problem turning off the ignition. Enjoy.
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Old 05-18-2015, 02:20 PM   #5
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Thanks for the quick replies.
I am still working on the negative disconnect. I bought a longer positive cable so I can turn the battery and have easier access to the negative side.

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I tow our 14 Fiesta with no prob, put it in neutral and go!
I do, though, use a battery cutoff switch.
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Guys how bout using a charge line instead of disconnecting the battery? Has anyone talked to ford about the reason for the disconnect.
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:10 PM   #8
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The instructions you have are correct and work.
On 2014, 5door focus titanium I used a "latching solenoid" with a remote, weather proof momentary contact switch,. The switch is on the outside front of car. This interrupts the POSITIVE line including the white wire. One push opens solenoid, next push closes solenoid. I use a 10 amp. fuse holder for the switch. I also use Ready Break surge break, no power needed.

The solenoid and site of purchase,

Cole Hersee 24200 12V Insulated Continuous Duty Latching Solenoid-www.boatandrvaccessories.com

The weather proof switch came from local O'reilly auto parts. I mounted the switch in lower left fake grill. Now I don't need to open hood, I can hear it click.
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PS with a latching solenoid no power is used except to momentary open and close.
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towing a focus

Just a bit of advice. FOLLOW the directions in the manual to a T. Make sure you remove the negative terminal off the battery and NOT at the firewall. We learned this the hard way and spent 4 grand on transmission repairs.
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Thanks for the quick replies.
I am still working on the negative disconnect. I bought a longer positive cable so I can turn the battery and have easier access to the negative side.

Nathan
That isn't necessary. Just get a negative disconnect switch. This one is similar to the one in our Focus. It's really easy, just pop the hood, turn the knob and drop the hood.

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