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#131 Ford Escape Hands Free Liftgate

Posted by staff on 23 May 2012 - 09:08 AM

Ford Hands-Free Liftgate Tested in Downpours, Carwashes and Against Rolling Balls, Dogs and Shopping Carts

• Hands-free liftgate available on all-new Ford Escape faced extreme testing in dozens of scenarios to ensure it won’t open unprompted, and only when you want it to

•Ford and its supplier, Brose, tested the sensors that control the liftgate in heavy rains, carwashes and against running dogs, rolling balls and shopping carts

• Sensors are programmed to open only with leg motion in conjunction with detection of the key fob, which breaks a miniature electrical field alerting the system to respond

FORD ESCAPE FORUM – The hands-free liftgate available on the all-new Ford Escape faced torrential downpours, dogs and bouncing balls among other tests to make sure the back end only opens when the customer wants.

A gentle kicking motion under the center of the rear bumper activates, unlocks and raises the liftgate when the driver has the Escape key fob in their hand, pocket or bag. This allows quick and easy access to the cargo area without needing to set down packages or dig around for keys. The same motion closes the hatch.

The system safeguards against accidental openings by being programmed to open with leg motion and the breaking of a miniature electric field – not when a ball rolls under the car or when the vehicle hits a bump on the road.

“We tested the system in various settings, including at minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit in our climate chamber to freeze the bumper,” said Dominik Nical, a Ford engineer in Germany who oversaw testing. “We saw no unintended openings, and it still opened when the test subject needed it to.”

Nical said Ford and system supplier Brose tested the Escape in numerous environmental conditions ranging from extreme cold snow to high heat and monsoon-like rain.

Errant balls and shopping carts

Besides Mother Nature, the system was also tested numerous times against errant shopping carts hitting the rear of the Escape, a bouncing basketball going under the liftgate, a dog running underneath the bumper and someone polishing the rear bumper. None of these scenarios caused the liftgate to open.

“The system is very robust,” Nical noted. “It is designed to detect a kicking motion without deploying when other scenarios occur, making the customer confident in the technology.”

In fact, Ford engineers even employed individuals passing by on the street in Dearborn to help the calibration process by providing “sample kicks,” Nical added.
The secret lies within how the software is calibrated, according to engineers who designed the system. The sensors, located between the tailpipes, detect both the shin and kicking motion of the key holder. The combination of that motion and the signals sent between the vehicle and the key fob activates the system.

For now this feature is only available on the all-new Escape but has potential to improve other touch and gesture technology that Ford is testing.

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#69 Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor

Posted by Joshuadavis9 on 20 December 2011 - 05:00 PM

Happy holidays everyone! I'm not the biggest gear head that has ever written on this forum, but thought I'd share what I learned with my problem. I have a 2005 Ford Escape (4x4, 3.0L Duratec). It popped the code P0193 ( Fuel Rail Pressure Sensor Circuit high input....which I'll refer to as FRPS). After multiple people told me different things, i.e., location of problem, parts and tools needed to replace the issue, and various other suggestions, I ended up going to a Ford dealership and buying it from them. It was $125 for the part and, for my own curiosity, it would have been $276 for labor to do the job plus the price of the FRPS. All said and done, we spent no more than 10 minutes to do this job and we were done. Forgive me if I don't know all the technical names of the pieces below. For those of you that don't own your own mechanics shop and are not mechanically saavy, this is what you do to fix this:

1. Unplug the negative terminal connector (black one, NOT red) from the battery and set aside between two pieces of plastic. Just make sure it doesn't touch medal. Doing this will also reset your check engine light as well.

2. Unplug the fuel pump fuse (see the owner's manual for location...I didn't take a picture of it)

3. Start vehicle and run it until it dies to relieve pressure.

4. Unscrew to bolts inside the red circle.

5. Disconnect the electrical attachment

6. Disconnect hose on back of Pressure Sensor.

7. Once everything is disconnected, pull straight up on piece. Be sure to pull up with a little effort, it has a snug fit. Of note, you will see gasoline when you lift up the FRPS so be careful so as not to let debris fall in there.

8. Install new FRPS and reconnect hoses

9. Put the fuel pump fuse back in.

10. Reconnect negative battery terminal

11. BEFORE YOU START THE VEHICLE, you need to prime it. Do this by turning the key in the ON position and wait a few seconds for the fuel pressure to build back up and turn and then turn it off. Do this 3-5 times then start your vehicle.

Even reading this step-by-step, it shouldn't take more than 15 minutes total. It's VERY EASY. Best of luck to you and hope this helps.

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#169 Ford Escape Hands Free Liftgate

Posted by Tomt on 18 July 2012 - 05:05 AM

It's too bad that they couldn't figure out a way to offer both that and the trailering option. For me, trailering takes precdence and that is what I ordered..
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#1642 What kind of oil do you use?

Posted by wildcatmom on 14 June 2014 - 08:31 AM

Our Escape came with "Maintenance for Life" so we'll be having the dealership do the oil changes. However, In my other car, I only use Mobil 1 full synthetic. I have used that oil for years and have yet to have an issue so I see no reason to stop now. If I did the oil on our Escape...I'd do the same thing.

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#951 When to change the oil

Posted by JimmyJ on 19 October 2013 - 08:28 AM

I think that the dealerships always want you to come back in before you need to

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#848 Bought 2013 Escape

Posted by CourtneyNYC on 07 August 2013 - 03:04 AM

Well. . . . . I just turned over 26,000 last week and I'm pleased to say that I've been pleased with the 2013 Escape.


Gas mileage is ok. . . you can pretty much ignore the claimed numbers.  It's much less than my 2012 Focus but given the utility of the vehicle I'm happy with the fuel costs.


The biggest concern, which I've mitigated with the addition of a Garmin GPS built into the top of the windshield, is that the MFT Sync system is sporadic at best.  I'm a big fan of what Ford's doing but, even with the most recent software upgrade (which has at least one immediately obvious glitch) it's wanting.  I'd say the navigation can be expected to work about 50% of the time.  Sometimes, with an address loaded, I will arrive before the system gets done computing the route.


All things considered the 2013 Escape is a really good car and I'll likely buy another.

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#5977 Welcome, dbcdm12

Posted by staff on 05 May 2017 - 07:35 AM

Hello dbcdm12,

Welcome to Ford Escape Forum. Please feel free to browse around and get to know others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

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#4205 Welcome, CaliFORDniaEscape

Posted by staff on 15 September 2015 - 02:15 AM

Hello CaliFORDniaEscape,

Welcome to Ford Escape Forum. Please feel free to browse around and get to know others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

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#3891 Welcome, Rusty-Rattler

Posted by staff on 13 May 2015 - 06:55 PM

Hello Rusty-Rattler,

Welcome to Ford Escape Forum. Please feel free to browse around and get to know others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

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#38 Anyone else very satisfied with the PIP D30 in the Escape?

Posted by gbrown69 on 16 April 2011 - 04:02 PM

I have a 2010 Escape Limited and I think the 3.0 is a great engine. Hard to get really good gas milage with it, foot on the floor all the time. Love to show off power.

Now imagine it with this specially designed for the d30 supercharger (+65 hp instantly)

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#2821 New key fob

Posted by Crazy4aford on 19 October 2013 - 09:04 AM

Here is a link on how to program



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#2786 Timing belt or chain?

Posted by Tomt on 30 August 2013 - 03:12 PM

The 2.0 Ecoboost has chains.  The 1.6 is a belt.


Does the Escape have a timing belt or chain?  I'm hoping for the latter. 

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#2310 What color Escape did you buy?

Posted by rjgors on 04 February 2013 - 10:50 AM

Ruby Red
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#2285 Escape needs new APIM

Posted by fuzzy1626 on 31 January 2013 - 12:30 PM

Escape went to dealer today because of the MFT shutting down twice in the last week. Accessory Protocol Interface Moddule now on order.
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#2043 Bobby Vance and his new Escape

Posted by Bobby Vance on 28 October 2012 - 02:20 AM

I just bought a new Escape. It is an SE with the 2.0L Ecoboost engine. So far I'm loving my new ride. I have an appointment Thursday to get a remote starter put in. I traded in a F150 to save some gas.
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#1905 Newbie

Posted by fuzzy1626 on 01 October 2012 - 11:01 AM

Hello. Took delivery of wifes Escape last week of August. 2013 SEL 1.6 White Platinum Ecoboost.
North Carolina
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#184 New Member

Posted by fuzzy1626 on 27 August 2012 - 04:10 AM

Hi, new member on this forum. Wife now has a 2013 Escape SEL with 1.6 EcoBoost. Been on the FTE forum for over 5 years. This is first car forum for me.
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#1508 ExplorerTom checking in

Posted by ExplorerTom on 11 April 2014 - 06:30 PM

My Mariner is mostly just a daily driver. I drive it about 140-150 miles a day.

But I did drive it from Denver to Tampa and back over Thanksgiving in 2013. I spent 4 nights sleeping in the back of it in various places. Pretty fun trip. I can cross post the write up from another forum here.
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#1377 2015 F150 front plate

Posted by banthafodder on 21 February 2014 - 01:16 PM

lol, "ford escape forum.com"  and thread about F150's.

Well I guess its still a Ford... :) 

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#137 Front end clunking

Posted by KKO on 28 May 2012 - 03:49 AM

I would check the sway bar links close. Those are the most common fialure. Take them loose and see how much play they have in them. I bet they are your issue.
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