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Old 02-24-2008, 02:15 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid. It is towable 4 wheels down. The manual says put the gear shift in neutral and nothing else. What position do you leave the key? Will the odometer record the towing mileage? Do any fuses have to be pulled. I have found that SMI does offer supplementary braking for the escape hybrid
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I recently purchased a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid. It is towable 4 wheels down. The manual says put the gear shift in neutral and nothing else. What position do you leave the key? Will the odometer record the towing mileage? Do any fuses have to be pulled. I have found that SMI does offer supplementary braking for the escape hybrid
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Old 02-24-2008, 03:47 PM   #3
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Yo will have to leave the key in the ignition and rotated to a position that does not lock the steering wheel.

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If it is the same transmission as the 2007 Edge which I have, you put the transmission in neutral and key in ACC. Furthermore, the manual states you should run the car for 5 minutes before towing and when stopping for gas. We have driven up to tow bar and started at the end of the day without problems.
It does not record the mileage or require pulling fuses.
Would recommend supplementary braking on any car.
If you still have questions, highly recommend you speak to someone at the dealership.
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:34 PM   #5
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Marv, thanks for the info. It was a great help. I love the Hybrid Escape. I'm consistantly getting 35mpg plus. I have discovered that SMI offers a supplemental braking system for the Hybrid. Rich
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Old 02-29-2008, 01:05 PM   #6
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Just a thought to everyone -- I know that you put the key in the auto you are towing in order to unlock the front wheels (when towing 4 down). I had a key made at a locksmith for my Ford Focus -- it is a "dummy" key. It will move to the accessory position but, will not start the car (it doesn't have the chip in the key needed to start the car). The cost was $5.00 for the key and I like the idea that the "key" can be in the car but, no one is gonna take off with that key.

Just a thought for everyone who tows like this.
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Hey eveyone I'm new. same thing, just bought a new 2008 Escape hybrid. Had a toad 2002 Durango B-4 wife blew engine. Love that truck driven woman. Now I have heard of Break buddy problems, Lubricatrion problems, and dead battery problems, it seems the toad Durango was easier than the Escape. Please may i get some advice.
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I just finsihed setting up a 2008 Ecsape Hybrid. I purchaed the Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain Tow bar and the Roadmaster Brakemaster 9060. Setup was easy and it tows like a dream.

I put the transmission in neytral and turn the key to the first position.
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I had a dummy key made for my Honda thinking it was a good idea.The problem is you have to shift thru the gears with the engine running going fron drive to neutral .I can't do that with the dummy key.I don't want to try it with the engine not running.So I lock the doors and use the dummy to open the doors.
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Another thing you can do is put padlocks on the towbar.If they can't disconnect the car they can't go very far .
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