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Towing Problem: 2012 Ford Edge

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jwj14   

We have been towing our 2012 Ford Edge FWD 2.0 4 cylinder behind our Class A motor home and have lost two, yes two,  transmissions.  We follow the guide lines for towing this vehicle to the letter (run engine for five minutes, shift to reverse then to drive then to neutral, leave in acc power) and yet the transmissions keep burning up (literally)!  Has anyone had this problem or ideas on what is happening?  Dealership has been no help.  Ford has been no help other to say that we abused the transmission by towing it (even though the car is approved by Ford to be towed all wheels down.)

Jerry

2017 Winnebago Meridian 36M

 

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11 hours ago, jwj14 said:

We have been towing our 2012 Ford Edge FWD 2.0 4 cylinder behind our Class A motor home and have lost two, yes two,  transmissions.  We follow the guide lines for towing this vehicle to the letter (run engine for five minutes, shift to reverse then to drive then to neutral, leave in acc power) and yet the transmissions keep burning up (literally)!  Has anyone had this problem or ideas on what is happening?  Dealership has been no help.  Ford has been no help other to say that we abused the transmission by towing it (even though the car is approved by Ford to be towed all wheels down.)

Jerry

2017 Winnebago Meridian 36M

 

Jerry, Welcome to the forum. On page 256 of your owner's manual it states.

"Start the engine and allow it to run for five minutes at the beginning
of each day and every six hours thereafter. With the engine running
and your foot on the brake, shift into position D and then into
position R before shifting back into position N."

It appears you are not following the directions "exactly" if you are going into N from Drive. It also says. "  Do not exceed 65 mph (105 km/h)." 

Good luck on the next transmission.

Bill

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If were you I would consider a Remco driveshaft disconnect, then you can dispense with all that  "BS" about what to do before and after.   Drive shaft connect is absolutely safe and reliable on all vehicles on which it can be installed. The only hitch, do not go to a RV center like Campers World or the like, they can not correctly modify your driveshaft if necessary. Go to a drive shaft specialist. If you are in the Atlanta area, Drive Shaft Services is one of the best. In Dallas there is Drive Shaft king.  Cost runs around $800, never again worry about your trans.

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I don't think Remco has a driveshaft disconnect for the Ford Edge. Hard to find for front wheel drive models. Maybe someone should consider making hub locks for all cars.;)

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John 

They did in the past. You had one installed on each shaft on the CV joints.

But you had to get on the ground, for both sides, to disengage and re-engage the disconnects. From what I remember they were expensive and a pain in the you know what. 

Herman 

 

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Jerry, I don't know if you are just fond of your Ford,but after all that trouble I am thinking I would trade for a "Pop and go" any number of Jeeps, small pickups or a  small Land Rover. Pop the trans and TC in "N" and on your merry way.

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manholt   

If you look under my name...Carl C.  You will see what I'm towing with what !

I have only done Toads, since 1985 & Motorhomes since 1967. :)

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1 hour ago, rhinderber said:

Wasn't trying to be insulting.

What year was that information for? I looked at Remco's web site and went back 4 years and found NO Land Rover of any model that was towable 4 down or with a dolly. All were listed as "MUST BE TOWED ON A TRAILER" There may have been an older one with a different transmission or a manual transmission. 

http://www.remcoindustries.com/Towing/Store.php

Bill

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BennieH   

jwj14, is it an AWD Edge? We tow our 2007 AWD Edge without any issues at all.

Our procedure is the same as the above "Start the engine and allow it to run for five minutes at the beginning of each day and every six hours thereafter. With the engine running and your foot on the brake, shift into position D and then into position R before shifting back into position N."

I do know that some of the front wheel drive Edges were not flat towable because they had a different transmission that the AWD ones.

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manholt   

Bill.  The "Real Land Rover", can not be sold new in America...the one's that are here, was brought in as a used, non compliant vehicle.  Range Rover and it's different models are sold new in America as a compliant (EPA) vehicle...They, to my knowledge, have to be trailered.

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All I know is Land Rover Dallas has the following new Land Rover models: Land Rover LR4, Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, and Evoque. They are not towable on a dolly or 4 down.

The problem (going back to the OP) is you must follow the manufacturer's  instructions to the letter or you will have a problem. The OP did not and replaced 2 transmissions. We are talking 2012 Ford Edge FWD 2.0 4 cylinder. The takeaway for future readers is it is important to understand and follow the manufactuers instructions when geting ready to tow.

Bill

 

 

 

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I asked if it were the EcoBoost because only the I-4 for 2012 can be towed 4 down. I don't know if they made a 2012 Edge that was not an I-4.

It really doesn't matter since the original poster never responded to any posts.

"From the Ford camp, EcoBoost I-4 versions of the Edge
and Explorer front-wheel-drive vehicles with an automatic
transmission can be towed four wheels down"

Most definitely follow the Mfg instructions.

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On ‎6‎/‎24‎/‎2017 at 9:58 AM, WILDEBILL308 said:

 

The problem (going back to the OP) is you must follow the manufacturer's  instructions to the letter or you will have a problem. The OP did not and replaced 2 transmissions. We are talking 2012 Ford Edge FWD 2.0 4 cylinder. The takeaway for future readers is it is important to understand and follow the manufactuers instructions when geting ready to tow.

Bill

 

 

 

The op stated in the original post that he followed instructions to the letter.

 

On ‎6‎/‎20‎/‎2017 at 9:03 AM, jwj14 said:

 We follow the guide lines for towing this vehicle to the letter (run engine for five minutes, shift to reverse then to drive then to neutral, leave in acc power) and yet the transmissions keep burning up (literally)! 

 

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Read carefully what the OP said he did " We follow the guide lines for towing this vehicle to the letter (run engine for five minutes, shift to reverse then to drive then to neutral, leave in acc power)

What I copied from the owner's manual. "shift into position D and then into
position R before shifting back into position N."

The OP was going into N from D not from R as the instructions state. Simple mistake cost 2 transmissions.

Bill

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Bill is right, he did not follow Mfg instructions. It is D, R then N.  My Lincoln is the same trans an it is Drive to Reverse then to Neutral

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I feel bad the OP had a problem but that appears to be what happened.

Last year when I was up in Montana, the people who pulled in to the campsite next door was having a problem with his toad. I was interested because he had aCR-V like my toad. He was telling me his battery went dead real fast, it only lasted 2-2 1/2houerss. I loaned him my charger and helped him get it unhooked. During the conversation he commented he could see the headlights going dim in his rearview camera.  He also stated he ALWAYS put the key in ACC. What he was doing was turning the key all the way off when he turned off the engine and then turned it back past ACC to on. Finally got him to try (with the engine running) just turn the key till the engine shuts off. To double check and see if the headlights/running lights were on.

Sometimes it is the simple seaming things that mess you up.:)

Bill

 

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On 6/23/2017 at 0:01 AM, rhinderber said:

Jerry, I don't know if you are just fond of your Ford,but after all that trouble I am thinking I would trade for a "Pop and go" any number of Jeeps, small pickups or a  small Land Rover. Pop the trans and TC in "N" and on your merry way.

I tow either a 2005 Jeep Wrangler automatic or 2016 Jeep Wrangler automatic. Each manual specifically says put the transmission in park.

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Yes, but you are talking Jeep with 4 wheel drive and you also put the transfer case in neutral. Exactly why it is important to follow the manufactuers directions to the letter.

Bill

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lenp   

My 2013 Edge manual says the 2.0 CANNOT be towed four down.  The 3.5 can be towed four down using the D-R-N and run for five minutes.

What did Ford change between 2012 and 2013?

Lenp

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