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Old 08-22-2013, 10:06 PM   #1
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Instructions for Netural Tow Kit 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

I recently purchased a 2008 Explorer Sport Trac that has Neutral Tow Kit installed. I am not sure of how to activate it so I can tow it 4 down. Anybody have any help? Does the shift lever stay in Neutral or go back to Park?
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Is this " Neutral Tow Kit " a Ford item ? Or is there another brand name involved?
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My NTK system was installed by my Ford dealer, does not come as standard equipment
It is a Ford item but I have heard of people building their own while Ford had none available, however the cars computer has to be reprogrammed, best done by Ford dealer.

1-Securely attach vehicle to towing vehicle
2-start engine to make sure battery is sufficiently charged
3-vehicle must be at a complete stop and shifted into 4x4 auto
4-place the automatic transmission shifter in neutral
5-turn the ignition switch to the off position, i.e. steering not locked
6-neutral tow light will initially go through a bulb check: then off
7-depress the brake pedal and press the 4x4 auto pushbutton, hold both 5 seconds
8-the neutral tow light will flash then stay on to indicate the transfer case is in neutral
9-leave the switch in the off position and the transmission shifter in neutral while the vehicle is in tow

DO not disconnect the towed vehicle before placing the transfer case into gear.
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The procedure I used to test mine fio operating properly (98 Soprt) was to get at the top of a long hill with no real traffic then do the procedure then roll down the hill as if it were being towed and making sure the oddometer did not register any mileage.
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My NTK system was installed by my Ford dealer, does not come as standard equipment
It is a Ford item but I have heard of people building their own while Ford had none available, however the cars computer has to be reprogrammed, best done by Ford dealer.

1-Securely attach vehicle to towing vehicle
2-start engine to make sure battery is sufficiently charged
3-vehicle must be at a complete stop and shifted into 4x4 auto
4-place the automatic transmission shifter in neutral
5-turn the ignition switch to the off position, i.e. steering not locked
6-neutral tow light will initially go through a bulb check: then off
7-depress the brake pedal and press the 4x4 auto pushbutton, hold both 5 seconds
8-the neutral tow light will flash then stay on to indicate the transfer case is in neutral
9-leave the switch in the off position and the transmission shifter in neutral while the vehicle is in tow

DO not disconnect the towed vehicle before placing the transfer case into gear.
Ditto... and don't forget to test cycle your brakes a half dozen times with the toad engine offf to bleed off the built up vacuum and not have the toad brakes lock up the first time you use them.

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I was told that it was installed by the Ford dealer.
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Ditto... and don't forget to test cycle your brakes a half dozen times with the toad engine offf to bleed off the built up vacuum and not have the toad brakes lock up the first time you use them.

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Just for clarification, Rick gives good advice, but the Neutral Tow Kit has absolutely nothing to do with the brakes or brake system. It merely puts the drive system in neutral. You will still need a separate brake system
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The procedure I used to test mine fio operating properly (98 Soprt) was to get at the top of a long hill with no real traffic then do the procedure then roll down the hill as if it were being towed and making sure the oddometer did not register any mileage.

JohnRR, Thank you so much for your instructions on hooking up the Neutral tow light. I bought a light pigtail kit at Radio Shack for $2.69 and installed it myself per your instructions (in another thread). A mechanic at a local Ford Dealer told me he would flash upgrade the computer for $30.00. When he was on lunch break, he upgraded the computer in less than 5 minutes and I am happily on my way. I tried the coasting trick out of our drive and down the street with no odometer movement at all. Thanks again.
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I'm happy it helped, all my information about it came from iRV2 in one form or another.
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