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Old 10-02-2011, 05:21 AM   #1
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Towing a 2010 Fusion 4 down

We just purchased a 2001 Winnebago Adventurer. It's our first MH. My plan was to tow our Fusion 4 down but I am concerned about trans damage. I read a horror story (don't recall from whom) and don't want that. Then...others say they do it with no problems. I'm not sure what to think. I know Ford says you can. I am considering a dolly setup as an option but that adds storage issues at home and on site.
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:24 AM   #2
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Here is Ford's towing guide.
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Follow Ford's advice and don't worry about it.
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:07 PM   #4
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Follow Ford's advice and don't worry about it.
My owner's manual says to have the trans fluid checked and adjusted to the suggested level, start and warm up for 5 minutes and cycle through the gears and repeat every 6 hours. It doesn't say anything about removing fuses. This is for the 2.5L FWD, which we have. I would prefer to tow 4 down.

I have to worry, it's my wife's car!
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Ford did have a towing problem with one of their models, which is why they now have the blurb about checking the transmission fluid level, but in general their owner manual instructions are excellent and accurate. Show the wife that you are "following the instructions in the Ford book" and she should be happy.

Many Fords do not require any fuse to be removed. That's more of a GM thing.
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2010 Ford Fusion towing

We also read all the horror stories online about towing the 2010 Ford Fusions. Husband ask 3 Dealers, 2 said, no problem, 1 said he would not chance it. One man had 3 transmissions burned out on the same car.

We did not want to go through the stopping regularly to start the car, check the transmission fluids, etc. It is just a bad car to tow. Unfortunately we already owned it.

We did not want the hassle of a burned out transmission. We bought a Dolly.
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We also read all the horror stories online about towing the 2010 Ford Fusions. Husband ask 3 Dealers, 2 said, no problem, 1 said he would not chance it. One man had 3 transmissions burned out on the same car.

We did not want to go through the stopping regularly to start the car, check the transmission fluids, etc. It is just a bad car to tow. Unfortunately we already owned it.

We did not want the hassle of a burned out transmission. We bought a Dolly.

That is kind of funny. I posted the GM stated procedures for towing an Equinox on one of the forums (here, FMCA or RV.net - can't remember whih one) and they were the SAME as Ford's for towing an Escape except that the Equinox required a fuse to be pulled. Keep in mind that the GM and Ford 6 speed transmission families were developed jointly and there are not that many differences between them. Now GM has said the version in the Cruze cannot be towed. All of the problems that have been reported by GM and Ford have been in the lower models (lower meaning designed for less hp and torque).

I think the extra work required to load onto the dolly and tie down and then store the dolly likely more than offsets running the engine at fuel stops. Mind you, one segment of MHers love using a dolly and the other much prefers 4 down. I'm in the 4 down camp.
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We just purchased a Fusion and part of the decision was based on the ability to tow 4-down. The 2012 procedures are different than yours - no requirement to run the engine - but you have to change the level of transmission fluid (to the minimum in my opinion)- there is a tech note out on it (TSB11-7-15). It references 2010 through 2012 Fusion - might want to take a peak at that. As for towing we ran into a time constraint and took the short cut and bought a dolly. I have towed with a dolly before so no surprises (crawl on the dirt to hook up and unhook). In a year or two we may revisit the tow options (I keep getting older and slower at getting up off the ground). Good luck - follow the instruction book - and have fun
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We just purchased a Fusion and part of the decision was based on the ability to tow 4-down. The 2012 procedures are different than yours - no requirement to run the engine - but you have to change the level of transmission fluid (to the minimum in my opinion)- there is a tech note out on it (TSB11-7-15). It references 2010 through 2012 Fusion - might want to take a peak at that. As for towing we ran into a time constraint and took the short cut and bought a dolly. I have towed with a dolly before so no surprises (crawl on the dirt to hook up and unhook). In a year or two we may revisit the tow options (I keep getting older and slower at getting up off the ground). Good luck - follow the instruction book - and have fun
You'd better read that Bulletin again (I'd already seen it - note it covers the Escape as well). It sure DOES require you to run the engine for 5 minutes. We've had a lengthy debate on what appears to be a change from the earlier Bulletin and the Manual (including 2012 manual). The manuals and earlier bulletin both said run for 5 minutes then move the transmission from R to D and end in N. Now it says run engine for 5 minutes and run through the gears. Some don't think they meant to change it and have you sit and run through the gears for the full five minutes. I'm hoping tomorrow my dealer's service manager will be able to contact Ford and get a clarification.

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My wife has on '08 Fusion SEL AWD. I really wanted to tow it as we did with her previous Wrangler, but if memory serves me correct, the manual says no towing the Fusion - have to trailer it. Which sucks.
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Looks like i stepped in it again - Shadow you are absolutely correct, thanks for the correction.
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Looks like i stepped in it again - Shadow you are absolutely correct, thanks for the correction.
Ford tech said RUN THROUGH THE GEARS FOR FIVE MINUTES. They are not going to send out another bulletin but are going to change the 2012 Owners Manual for next printing so it is in sync with the TSB.

We towed 1250 miles last week and every time we stopped did the gear thing. What a PITA - but once you get into the habit it is not tooooo bad. We put a ScanGauge on for the trip and monitored the transmission fluid temp. That was interesting. It can get hotter than when you drive it. We had temps as high as 191 when we got into TN and GA (ambient was pretty warm - but we've never checked it when driving at high ambient temps and I assume it will be higher???). One thing that 191 deg let me do was check the fluid level properly (and it was between the two bars) because the bulletin says to properly check the level the temp should be 185 to 200. When driving I've been up to 176 so far. Coolant temp (taken in the engine) ran up to 150 deg when towing - that surprised me as well. I assume that was heat from the transmission.

An observation - the transmission fluid still looks very good. If the temp gets over 200 then the fluid life starts to drop off and it starts to get brown with even higher temperatures. So, it is staying in an acceptable range and fluid change interval should be normal rather than accelerated.
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What is a ScanGuage and Where do I get one?
I have a 2012 Ford Escape. I have been reading about the transmission issues on all forums and have concluded that I think I will be installing a Remco Pump to supplement any lack of transmission lubrication.
Anyones thoughts on this application welcome.
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What is a ScanGuage and Where do I get one?
I have a 2012 Ford Escape. I have been reading about the transmission issues on all forums and have concluded that I think I will be installing a Remco Pump to supplement any lack of transmission lubrication.
Anyones thoughts on this application welcome.
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