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Old 12-03-2013, 08:14 AM   #15
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John, You can tow the Ford Hybrid with all 4 on the ground? I was under the impression that this was a no-no. I'm assuming it's a FWD automatic (don't know anything about this specific model). Can you provide any details?
My 2013 Ford C Max hybrid owners manual says you can tow 4 wheels down, page 244. Ignition on Accessory, transmission in neutral, speed limit 65 mph. You have to run it for 5 minutes before starting and again every 6 hours, shifting once through the gear selector to keep oil flowing trough the tranny. Other than that, flat towing is perfectly acceptable.
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Have towed a 2006 Chevy HHR and a 2012 Chevy Colorado and No miles recorded on either...
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:35 AM   #17
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John, You can tow the Ford Hybrid with all 4 on the ground? I was under the impression that this was a no-no. I'm assuming it's a FWD automatic (don't know anything about this specific model). Can you provide any details?
As a previous poster said, it's approved by Ford as stated in the Owner's Manual and in their Towing Guide. The Fusion hybrid is also approved for 4 down towing. The Escape Hybrid used basically the same drivetrain and many people towed them successfully.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:09 PM   #18
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I just bought a 2013 Ford C Max and plan to tow it about 7000 miles this year. Will those miles add to my odometer, thereby reducing my warrantee? The dealership said they aren't sure, not reassuring.
hard to believe a dealership could not supply that info? as long as key is not in the run position it will not register miles
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:18 PM   #19
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hard to believe a dealership could not supply that info? as long as key is not in the run position it will not register miles
I was amazed that the service dept had two different answers and could agree among themselves.
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:25 AM   #20
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Not Rocket Science here. On my test drive I found a hill, put the demo in neutral and turned off the ignition while coasting Dow. The hill. Watched the odometer, no miles accumulated, got my answer. Talking to dealership personnel was not useful and seldom is.
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I'm not understanding what you mean about a "charge line." Is this in the owners manual or something you learned by experience.
A charge line is a way for the Motor Home to charge the battery on the towed car.

Google: Towed charge Or just click the link below to see one such system.

Toad-Charge Towed Vehicle Battery Charger & Maintainer Kit - RV Power Supply

Note that providing this link is not an endorsement or comment or any other thing save.. Well I found it with Google.
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are you towing your escape 4 down successfully? I have a 2011 and cannot tow 4 down, as recommended by Ford.
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are you towing your escape 4 down successfully? I have a 2011 and cannot tow 4 down, as recommended by Ford.
Not sure if you're responding to me, the OP or not. I have a 2013 Ford C Max, not an Escape. Why can't you tow your car 4 down as recommended?
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I have a 1995 Saturn SL. that I have toed over 83,000 miles on all four and the electricity for the lights (turning and stopping)come from the M.H. not the car.
All I do after I hook it up to the M.H.
1. Put it in neutral.
2. Turn the key to accessory.
3. Release the Parking Break.
A knot to the wise, if your going to lock it up while your toeing you better have and extra key to get back into it.
Bend their done that.
Just a thought.
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I'll have to add one to the other side of the discussion. I tow a 1998 Chevy Tracker 4 X 4 transfer case in neutral 5 speed in second gear as required by the owners manual and mileage DOES accumulate as we travel. Guess I need to look in to a newer toad. It only weighs. 2300 lbs. , tracks straight as an arrow, goes anywhere and gets great gas mileage so maybe I will just keep it
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I'll have to add one to the other side of the discussion. I tow a 1998 Chevy Tracker 4 X 4 transfer case in neutral 5 speed in second gear as required by the owners manual and mileage DOES accumulate as we travel. Guess I need to look in to a newer toad. It only weighs. 2300 lbs. , tracks straight as an arrow, goes anywhere and gets great gas mileage so maybe I will just keep it
You really should keep it, It sounds like a great vehicle. My concern about mileage adding on to my new car was shortening the life of the warrantee. Without that I wouldn't be the slightest bit concerned.
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I can't speak for other models but our pt Cruiser does not accumulate any miles when being towed.
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