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deereone

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Posted: 08/02/13 09:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wife tells me it's time for a new car to tow 4 down. She likes the 2013 Ford Focus with auto transmission. I know I would need tow brackets. I have a Roadmaster tow bar. How hard are the brackets to install? Did you have to use a dropped receiver for level tow? How many miles have you towed and what hook up procedure do you use? Do you use the Focus taillights or the magnetic type??

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Hello, I tow a 2012 Ford Focus, standard transmission. I use Demco Aluminator tow bars. I use the car's own brake lights, etc. I did not install the base plate myself, but I know it involved taking the front bumper assembly off, etc. I have towed the car for over 2000 miles so far with no issues. With a standard transmission it is just put it in neutral, release the park brake and take the key out of the ignition. The auto trnasmission involves a little more, talk to your Ford dealer.


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I'm not sure, but I don't think you can still tow the automatic!!!!! Double check that out with Ford. DO NOT TRUST the dealer. I have a 2011 Escape. We just burned up our 2nd automatic transmission and have to wait until mid to late Sept. for a new one!!!!!! I would get any thing but a FORD.

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According to Ford Focus 2013 manual, page 219 and 220, the automatic can be towed 4 down. But you best look it up in your own manual because there are different editions of these manuals!!! This quote is from 3rd printing.
"Vehicles with an Automatic Transmission but No Push Button Start
System

Note: There must be battery power to properly move the transmission’s
internal components to position N in Step 3. In addition, moving the
gearshift to position N without first turning the ignition to the on (II)
position limits the towing capability to 35 mph (56 km/h) and 50 miles
(80 kilometers).
1. Release the parking brake.
2. Turn the ignition to the on (II) position.
3. Press the brake pedal, then move the gearshift to position N.
4. Wait for TRANSMISSION READY to appear in the multi-function
display, then turn the ignition to the off (0) position and release the
brake pedal.
5. Disconnect the negative (black) cable from the battery.
(The anti-theft system does not function until the battery
cable is reconnected.) See Changing the vehicle battery in the
Maintenance chapter when disconnecting and reconnecting the
battery cable.
• The maximum towing speed is 70 mph (113 km/h).
• There is no limitation on towing distance.
When done towing, start the engine within 15 minutes of reconnecting
the battery cable. When reconnecting that cable, tighten it until it is
snug against the terminal. Be careful not to over-tighten.
Vehicles with an Automatic Transmission and Push Button Start
System

Note: There must be battery power to properly move the transmission’s
internal components to position N in Step 3. In addition, moving the
gearshift to position N without first turning the ignition to the on (II)
position limits the towing capability to 35 mph (56 km/h) and 50 miles
(80 kilometers).
1. Release the parking brake.
2. Activate the ignition by pressing the START button, but not applying
the brake pedal.
3. Press the brake pedal, and then move the gearshift to position N.
Release the brake pedal.
4. Wait for TRANSMISSION READY to appear in the multi-function
display, and then switch the ignition off by pressing the START
button.
5. Disconnect the negative (black) cable from the battery. (You need
the door key (inside the Intelligent Access Key) to lock and unlock
doors when the battery cable is disconnected. In addition, the
anti-theft system does not function until the battery cable is
reconnected.) See Changing the vehicle battery in the
Maintenance chapter when disconnecting and reconnecting the
battery cable.
• The maximum towing speed is 70 mph (113 km/h).
• There is no limitation on towing distance.
When done towing, start the engine within 15 minutes of reconnecting
the battery cable. When reconnecting that cable, tighten it until it is
snug against the terminal. Be careful not to over-tighten."
http://www.motorcraftservice.com/pubs/content/~WODFOC/~MUS~LEN/41/13focom3e.pdf


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Posted: 08/04/13 07:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a 2013 5-speed focus and have towed it over 5K miles so far. I installed independent lights and use a Roadmaster Even Brake.
With the Blue Ox Aventa tow bar and Blue Ox baseplate, the bar is within 1" of being level.
It tows very well.


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I tow a 2013 Focus great car tows great, rides good.Check out my post and photos with Blue Ox base plate.Used Road master light bulbs installed in tail lights.Ran wiring under car.If you go with Blue Ox download install instructions the instructions that came with base plate leave out a step and are not as clear.





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Posted: 08/21/13 08:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you disconnect the battery, are all the presets lost, clock, navigation, radio station presets. ?
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Posted: 08/23/13 10:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2012 Focus SE Automatic, Blue ox towar installed at RV Dealer, use the lights on the Focus with 5 pin connector. Very simple to get going, it takes less than 60 seconds to take the negative cable off the battery. When you get to your destination you will need to re-set radio, clock, and trip odometer if you are keeping track. Tows very well, over 5,000 miles so far on ours and no problems at all plus it is super economical to drive.

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Thanks Nick. Does the battery drain if you don't disconnect it. Or I should ask what is the reason for disconnecting.? Thanks

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Posted: 08/24/13 07:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mike, the Focus has a electric transmission and by disconnecting the negative cable at the battery there is no chance of it going into a gear. It must be disconnected from the battery, not the firewall.

Nick

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