should you always unplug the battery and put in N when towing fwd 13 ford escape that has a smart key? i didnt and it killed the battery

Asked by Mar 31, 2016 at 10:48 PM about the 2013 Ford Escape

Question type: General

Help! recreational towing. I towed it for about 90 miles in Nuetral and when I
got to my destination the battery was dead.

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68,255

Yes,you will have to remove positive cable,for towing it,or you will have dead battery.

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100,295

Was the key off? Did it start and everything work after the battery drain? If it did your lucky, after something happens like that to most rigs you wind up at a dealer getting the system reflashed. Anyway it should not have killed the battery and you should not have to disconnect the battery either. That's why I question if the key was fully off.

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100,295

T S T what about the presets and loss of power? I'm going to research this some more.

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68,255

It all depends on the towing issue and if done with tow bar or sway,meaning key would have to be on,but TS has a point,but then again its all in how you towed.

100,295

So far all I have found is that they shouldn't be flat towed despite what the manufacture says, I have found 4 references to premature transmission failure due to flat towing. Still researching the battery problem.

No key goes in the ignition. Its a push start. before we mounted it it was fine. Could the parking sensors have anything to do with it? it has them all around front rear and blind spot monitor sensors on the sides. its a 2 wheel doll for front wheels from uhaul. Thanks for all the info. keep it coming

68,255

Agree, TS,

what is TS? Sorry this is all new to me

68,255

The tire sensor,s may have senced motion and turnd the igintion to on,this would be my thoughts,then with igintion being on and alternator not recharging battery ,it would kill the battery,best to remove the cable next time you tow.

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I did notice when we mounted it and I went to lock the doors with the FOB it didnt beep like it usually does. I made sure all the doors where closed and no lights on inside.

68,255

TS,is tinnisshoe above poster.

68,255

Yes, but when you pulled off with it,it cut the car on,not meaning running,but power to the PCM and all other components.

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100,295

Ok from what I can find is if it is towed on a dolly and is front wheel drive you can shut the rig off and remove the key, after a 5 to 10 minute wait the systems shut down then it should be safe to tow that way, do not leave the key in the ignition, put it in your pocket. You cannot flat tow this year of Escape. Hope this helped.

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68,255

Good info,TS

1,730

I would never tow an automatic towed with rear wheels on ground and a 4 wheel would be the same for front. All trans guys I've talked to tell me the pump doesn't work to lubericate the automatic transmissions and if more than a few miles can burn trans up. My suggestion always a flat bed or pick up front and disconnect driveshaft to rear wheel . If you do this and ignition off I do not believe there's anything to drain battery

100,295

Found a lot of information on FMCA website.

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1,730

Sorry guys, for some reason thought for some reason we were talking of 4 wheel drive! Ddduuuuuhhhhh!

I do know from research this model yr can not be towed on a flat bed. It says so in the manual. Tennis shoes The car sat for awhile b4 we took off. When we arrived to our stop and I wen to unlock the doors with the fob the light in front started to flash but wouldnt unlock the car. I had to use the key. I could hearing a clicking notice as if the battery was low or dead.

68,255

Leads me to think what i said above,it cut it self on,when you started moving.Easy to test it,next time you tow,drive for a short period,then stop and check it,i think you may find it to be on meaning power to console and components.

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thanks everyone!

100,295

Forgot to mention that it must be in Park not Nuetral, if in Nuetral the systems will not shut completely down. I don't know what type of dolly you got but next time try to get one that has a pivot for steering.

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