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Old 05-21-2018, 10:50 PM   #1
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Towing 2016 Ford Explorer sport eco boost

Just got this new to us explorer , not sure about flat towing it . Directions seem pretty straight forward. But do you just leave it in neutral and turn car off ????
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Old 05-22-2018, 01:30 AM   #2
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From reading the 2016 Explorer owners manual for towing with the 3.5L engines (duratec or echoboost) it sounds like the key is left in the ignition in either the ACC or ON position, with transmission in N.

(It also says NO FLAT TOWING for the 2.3L echoboost)

I have an earlier Ford Explorer, with 4WD, which I have flat towed for over 30,000 miles in the last couple of years with no issues.

When we tow we must leave the key in the ignition and in the ON position so the steering wheel is unlocked. We then either use another key to lock the doors with one still in the ignition, or use the door switch to lock the door/lift the handle/close door method to lock the car with the key in the ignition.

It is a bit confusing, but simple.

I use the "additional bulb system" powered from the Motorhome to minimize power drain while the ignition is ON. I have never had any power drain issues even when towing for days without starting the explorer. I do not have to pull any fuses or other similar things.

Hope this helps -- thx Dale
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2016 explorer 3.5 eco boost

Thxs Dale , I was talking to a ford dealer and he was saying every 6 hr you have to drive your suv to get the tranny oil moving so it doesnít over heat .??? Lots of different ways I guess , just want to know the right one lol . Thxs again for your reply
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Having to occasionally stop and run the transmission make sense for the new Explorers. They are really unibody Front Wheel Drive vehicles. They have a viscous clutch type AWD system driven from the transverse transmission. That means part of the transmission spins all the time when the explorer is being towed and the wheels are on the ground.

My Explorer is a true 4WD system with a transfer case (like a jeep)
When that transfer case is in neutral, nothing moves in my transmission.

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Thxs Dale , I was talking to a ford dealer and he was saying every 6 hr you have to drive your suv to get the tranny oil moving so it doesnít over heat .??? Lots of different ways I guess , just want to know the right one lol . Thxs again for your reply
That six hour exercise is very important, don't skip it. As a precaution, I also run my engine at every fuel or rest stop even if it has only been a couple of hours. Can't hurt.
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