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Old 03-24-2012, 08:40 AM   #1
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Towing new Ford Escape

I really want to buy the 2013 Ford Escape --- but have huge concerns:

1. Does the 2013 have the same transmission used in previous year's Escapes?
2. If so, what problems are folks still having with "blowing" the transmission?
3. Did lowering the fluid level solve the problems?
4. The internet / blogs are full of horror stories - does the problem continue?

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Old 03-24-2012, 01:21 PM   #2
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Maybe this should be in the Toad forum?

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Old 03-24-2012, 01:27 PM   #3
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I have not read anything to describe whether or not they have changed the tranny in the 2013 Escape but there are a myriad of other changes from past models so it wouldn't surprise me if they had. The important thing to determine is whether Ford certifies the 2013 for four-down towing as they have on past models. The transmission problems experienced by some individuals while towing, while unfortunate, have not been experienced by all. I have towed my 2010 for over two years without incident.
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I believe the new escape has a new tranny. It is a 6 speed
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I believe the new escape has a new tranny. It is a 6 speed
So is my 2010 model. Not sure they are using a new transmission, reviews I've read talk about styling and engine changes only.
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Ford certified my 2010 Explorer to tow 4 down, except they won't sell you the kit to make it work. Pretty good HUH?
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Ford changed transmissions in 2009. i had my dealer look it up when I bought my 2008 Mariner (in the odd change we would ever get a MH). what he found is up to, and including, 2008 would need to be towed on a dolly. Starting 2009 they could be towed 4 down.
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They tell me the trany they are puting in my 2010 will have different parts than the old one. Only time will tell. The first one went 15000 miles. It still drove fine but was blowing oil out the dip stick when normal driving
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I do not believe that the 2013 Escape will be able to be towed 4 down, according to esourceBook mobile. Tow dolly for 2WD, flat bed for AWD. Have not been able to find a owners manual online yet. We have been thinking about a new Escape, but does not look like it is going to happen.
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I have yet to meet a 2009 Escape or Mariner owner that has not had a problem flat towing their vehicle. I finally installed at my own expense a Remco tranmission pump model LP-FORD (6F35). This was after I blew 3 transmissions, which Ford did cover 100% in the warraty. Don't even think about flat towing without this supplemental pump. Ford will not pay for the pump, yet they now recommend it in a TSB to dealers. Have they solved it in the 2013 models? Good question. I am waiting on a response from Ford on that very question.
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Ford will not pay for the pump, yet they now recommend it in a TSB to dealers.
Suggest you may want to read the TSB a little closer. Ford does not "recommend" the Remco pump but only acknowledges it is available as an alternative to their towing procedures and, in fact, states it may void the warranty if used and contributes to any problem. This info is contained in TSB 11-07-15 which is the latest TSB on the subject I've seen. If there is a later one you're referring to, please provide the details and/or the TSB you are quoting.
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I have a 2010 escape that we are planning to tow 4 down per the manual. I see there are 2009 issues. This is the first I've heard of 2010 and newer issues.
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Got a letter from Remco and they are working with ford to supply Ford Motor Company with a kit to be installed by Ford Technitions. It should be released and availlable in early June
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In response to DandS - Use of the REMCO Transmission pump does NOT cancel the Ford Warranty. My pump was installed by a Ford Dealer at Ford's suggestion and approval. Secondly, in response to "Can you flat tow a 2013 Ford Espcape?" Here is the answer I received this morning to the question. Bottlom line they have decided to run from the problem rather than solve it. Too bad for them.

"Thank you for contacting Ford Motor Company. We appreciate the time you have taken to write us about the 2013 Ford Escape.

The 2013 Ford Escape is completely redesigned for 2013. As American drivers face longer commutes and more back pain, Ford engineers crafted smaller and lighter, yet more comfortable and supportive seats for the all-new 2013 Ford Escape that also help deliver improved fuel economy as part of an overall reduction in vehicle weight.

There are 3 different answers to your query about towing. When towing Escape behind another vehicle such as an RV, a front-wheel dolly or flatbed trailer must be used. FWD models can be flat-towed with a frontwheel dolly. 4WD models MUST use a flatbed trailer with all four wheels off the ground. The use of a front-wheel dolly may cause damage to the transmission and 4WD system.

Our Marketing Program Headquarters can make it easier to purchase your next Ford or Lincoln vehicle by informing you of all the current incentives available. We can also send out a new vehicle brochure for any vehicle(s) that may interest you. Our number is 1-800-334-4375 and we are here Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm EST to assist you. When you call, we can also set up a demonstration drive at a time and dealership of your choice to experience the vehicle first hand.

Thank you for contacting Ford Motor Company and I hope to hear from you soon.

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