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Old 11-02-2011, 03:55 PM   #1
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flat towing 2012 Ford Escape with Remco Pump

Has anyone tried flat towing a Ford Escape utilizing a Remco transmission pump? If so, what was the results.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:57 PM   #2
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Leaving Ohio in Sept. we towed our new 2012 Ford Escape WITHOUT the Remco pump...followed all the directions in the manual and stopped more frequently than it suggested. In the first week towing we had 2 dead batteries (not related to the transmission!) but then we "fried" the transmission in the middle of nowhere in Texas (8 weeks old, 2200 miles on the odometer) It was flat-bed driven to a dealership in El Paso that said Ford would not cover anything under warranty, so we called ahead and took it to a dealer in the Phoenix area, near where we spend the winter. They have been absolutely wonderful and said Ford had approved all repairs without question. They also have installed a Remco pump! They told us they have a couple of customers who have installed the pump on their Escapes. We towed ours back to our winter site, but that was only about 40 miles. We hope to take a short trip somewhere this winter to try it out further before we head back east for the summer.
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Old 11-05-2011, 05:51 AM   #3
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Does your 2012 Escape have AWD or FWD?

We have towed our 2011AWD for over 4200 miles with no problems. I'm getting more and more convinced that those that burn out still had far too much fluid in them. The fluid cannot be measured properly until it is very hot.

One owner has reported that Remco also requires the fluid to be lowered when it's pump is used.

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flat towing 2012 ford escape with remco pump

What did ford say about your warranty 36mo./36000 miles after pump was installed? Did ford pay for the pump and installation?
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:03 PM   #5
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I'm watching this post with great interest, as I just traded my 03 Explorer for a '12 Escape. This is my daily driver.

We still have the HHR and will continue to use the HHR as our toad, but some day I might like to set the Escape up to tow.
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What did ford say about your warranty 36mo./36000 miles after pump was installed? Did ford pay for the pump and installation?
AND the 5 year power train warranty as well.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:48 PM   #7
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2012 Escape as toad with Remco pump

Our 2012 Escape is FWD.

The Remco pump was purchased and installed by a Ford dealership and either Ford or the dealership paid for it - we did not. I do know that many levels of Ford service employees have been involved in deciding how to solve our problems and that this dealership has experience with Escapes and towing. They did tell us, though, that this was the first Remco pump that they had actually installed themselves. They don't want us to be one of their customers that has had multiple transmission failures - and they do have some of those! This is not the dealership where we bought the car, but we will definitely continue service here while in AZ.

Yes, we were told that the transmission fluid must still be adjusted (lower) for towing.

We have also ordered parts to install a battery disconnect for overnight stops and wiring to charge the battery while towing with the Brake Buddy to eliminate our dead battery problem.

We are told that our new car warranty for all systems is still in effect.
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mcw50, I'm surprised to hear of your battery problems. We've had no problems with our battery (touch wood) to date. We are not towing the Escape with a large MH but I still have the BB set at level 3 and it only comes on if I have to hammer the brakes hard. The only drain on the battery should be when it has to replace the air pressure in the BB. Of course, we run the engine and run through the gears for 5 minutes every 3 or 4 hours.
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Thanks to all for your input!

We will be looking for more to come on this topic.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:05 PM   #10
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UPDATE on towing with the Remco pump....as you may have read in the above messages, we had our transmission replaced and the Remco pump installed on our 2012 Escape. We also believe that our transmission fluid has been adjusted for towing. Last week we took a two day trip of 285 miles each day towing the Escape with our Dutch Star 40' diesel pusher. We traveled at about 62mph, stopping after 3 hours for a short lunch stop. We did not start the engine or run through the gears at the lunch stop on either day, but did check to be certain that the Remco pump was running before we stopped the diesel engine. (The pump runs on power supplied from the RV) We did not disconnect the car from the RV during our overnight stop. At the end of the second day we disconnected the car and had no problems of any kind with its operation. We had no problems with the towing. On our overnight stop, we did disconnect the Escape battery (with the newly installed disconnect system) because previously, even with the car's key in the towing "acc" position and everything we had control over turned off, all of the hidden electronic modules in the car drained our battery. The only thing that was not the same in this test run that we had when the transmission failed was the outside temperature...which may or may not have added to our case....it was almost 100* that day. This week is was only about 60*. We will not be towing again till May. We are still in touch with the installing dealer and they are monitoring our case.
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