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Old 12-31-2010, 08:17 AM   #1
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Ford Neutral Tow Help

I recently purchased a 2008 Explorer Sport Trac. It has auto trans, 4WD, towing package, 4.6L V8. I had the dealer order the neutral tow kit, but since then I found a neutral tow indicator light. I have searched and have not been able to get the indicator light to stay on. Since the tow package was installed at the factory, I don't know if the neutral tow kit was installed by them. One would think it does have the kit installed since it has the indicator light. When I turn the key off, the indicator light comes on momentarily.
What is the proper procedure to activate the neutral tow?
There is no decal affixed to the visor to indicate how to do this.

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Old 12-31-2010, 09:04 AM   #2
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What is the proper procedure to activate the neutral tow?
Alex, Call Ford customer support. They are very good with these types of issues.
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:49 AM   #3
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On my 2007 Explorer the process is to:

Turn on the key...
Depress brake and put shifter in N...
Turn off the key...
Depress the brake and the 4x4 switch at the same time and hold...
Neutral tow light should first flash for 5 seconds and then stay lit...
Release the brake pedal and 4x4 button....


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On my 2007 Explorer the process is to:

Turn on the key...
Depress brake and put shifter in N...
Turn off the key...
Depress the brake and the 4x4 switch at the same time and hold...
Neutral tow light should first flash for 5 seconds and then stay lit...
Release the brake pedal and 4x4 button....


Good Luck...

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Same on my 05
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Depress the brake and the 4x4 switch at the same time and hold...


4Auto, 4WD H, or 4WD L ??

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Old 01-01-2011, 06:28 AM   #7
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Thank you for all the replies!
I do have a followup question:
Does the 4Auto button have a display on the dash like the 4H button?
When I press the 4H button there is a 4x4 display on the dash, same for the 4L button.
Thanks, and Happy New Year to all!!

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Thank you for all the replies!
I do have a followup question:
Does the 4Auto button have a display on the dash like the 4H button?
When I press the 4H button there is a 4x4 display on the dash, same for the 4L button.
Thanks, and Happy New Year to all!!

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"NO" it doesn't show a 4xAuto light on panel when you push

I also listen for the click in my transfer case and light stay on,but what if light is not on you can check to see if in tow by pushing Vic to see if will roll,but dont push on down hill slop
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Did you have the dealer do the software changes that allows the neutral tow function to work? If you bought the vehicle used and the neutral tow kit was dealer-installed, they should have attached the decals that came with the kit.
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Followup: The NTK works !!! Thanks to all of you for your suggestions.
Now that it works what is the procedure for towing?
Do I turn the key on while towing or leave it off??? (without starting the engine). Any other tips??

Alex

PS: The NTK was installed at the factory.
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See post #3... the key is turned off... as far counter clockwise as you can... the steering will be unlocked and you won't be able to remove the key. Be SURE to hit the test button on your brake assist unit or pump the brakes on the toad several times after turning off the key. I think this is relieve the pressure in the toad brake lines which can cause your brakes to lock and not release as the brake assist operates.

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