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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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#5602 Welcome, ChrisInNJ

Posted by staff on 17 December 2016 - 05:32 PM

Hello ChrisInNJ,

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.

ChrisInNJ joined on the 17 Dec 2016.

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#517 2013 remote starter

Posted by simone66 on 12 January 2013 - 08:57 AM

Yep....the fob has a safety feature... lock once then twice to start. Even if its locked :-)

Jeff
13 SEL
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#3598 Oil change questions-please help!

Posted by akirby on 25 January 2015 - 07:42 AM

First, there is no such thing as break in oil and no real reason to change it early. Modern engines are pretty clean from the factory.

You'll need a torx bit to remove the cover. After that it's just like any other oil change.

I would wait and get the motorcraft filters. You can mail order them in bulk if you can't get them locally. All of the local auto parts stores here carry motorcraft filters now - no need to go to the dealer.

And you will need 5.7 quarts - the owners manual is always the best source. And make sure it's the right oil - should be motorcraft 5w-30 synthetic blend or have the same specs (or whatever the manual calls for. Pretty sure that's what all of the ecoboost engines use.)

I haven't changed the oil yet in the wife's escape. She only has 4K miles in 8 months.
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#3309 What should I get?

Posted by robertlane on 08 September 2014 - 02:02 PM

we just purchansed a new SE sunset metallic 2.0 and the engine is nothing short of amazing., Inperceivable shifts and extremely fast off the line acceleration. Its way faster then my v6 suv and my wifes previous Rav 4 2.5 .. WAY faster. Gas mileage so far at 100 miles is 22 mpg in suburban driving., No highway and no city. I amazed

 

Congratulations of your Escape EB!!!


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#2417 Weather Tech Extreme Duty Floor Liners

Posted by fuzzy1626 on 28 February 2013 - 06:03 PM

Very good protection... :camera:
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#201 Ford Escape Hands Free Liftgate

Posted by cfdengr on 17 September 2012 - 11:39 AM

I have a 2013 escape with the handsfree tailgate. Recently had a class 3 trailer hitch installed. I am not towing anything more than 2000 lbs so that hitch is fine for me. My hands free works great with the trailer hitch installed. Thought I would lose that option. Did not.
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#1973 Global Turbo Sales Set to Jump 80%

Posted by fuzzy1626 on 06 October 2012 - 05:51 AM

54.5 mpg Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard set for 2025.

:salute: ....
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#1957 Before you had your Escape Ecoboost, what did you have?

Posted by Escapeism on 04 October 2012 - 02:43 AM

2001 Toyota Rav4 5-speed manual. Still have it @ 205,000 miles on it, All original including the clutch. Would have bought another manual but the CX-5 and VW don't come with any option packages. Subaru manuals actually come pretty loaded. But my wife said "you don't look like a Subaru person" whatever that means.

Of course foreign markets can get manuals, first time in my life I have driven a non-manual.
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#1932 Escape Ecoboost Mods

Posted by Tomt on 02 October 2012 - 09:09 AM

Since the performance is more that satisfactory stock, and it is in warranty, I don't plan any engine or power-train mods...
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#1917 Newbie

Posted by fuzzy1626 on 02 October 2012 - 03:57 AM

Hi. New to the Forum. Saw the Escape last night on The Amazing Race. Looked pretty sweet.

It loves the interstates.
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#1911 EcoBoost Campaign Involving Ford Motorsport Vehicles Around the World Highlig...

Posted by Ford Super News Ticker1413167689 on 27 September 2012 - 01:47 PM

While winning races and championships is the yearly goal at Ford Racing, another major point of emphasis this season was “boosting” the visibility of EcoBoost, Ford’s latest engine technology for its global production vehicles.

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#1655 What kind of oil do you use?

Posted by robertlane on 24 June 2014 - 06:27 AM

I am wondering what everyone uses for oil?

 

I also am tired of doing the oil my self but I have heard bad things about dealerships?

What do you do?

 

I take my car to the local Ford dealer for service, so whatever they use is what I use :lol:

 

On my F-Series, I use Mobil1 synthetic since I drive a lot of hard miles.  I just hate to change the oil myself.


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#141 Newby here from Tarzana, CA

Posted by robertlane on 03 June 2012 - 11:41 AM

Hello,

My name is Paul J. Just purchased an 2012 Escpae XLS manual, this past weekend. Possibly the last manual in California.


Awesome, Paul. I cannot say that I blame you, the last generation Escape had everything figured out and are awesome. I will most likely be getting the newer model due to timing and all.

What color did you get? Other options and photos? :camera:
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#1388 First Mods

Posted by mrmikesdeuce on 02 March 2014 - 05:57 AM

  I just got a Sunset w/ light stone 2014 Titanium. First thing it went to the body shop to have the front and rear silver plates painted to match the lower moldings on the car. Next it went to Ziebart for rustproofing and the front door windows tinted to match the rest of the car. When I got it home I replaced the cargo, license plate and puddle lights with cool white LEDS. Installed WeatherTech black floor and cargo mats, and a stubby radio antenna. I also bought a set of chrome mag wheels for installation next month. I love my Escape, but like to individualize my cars. After I drive it for awhile, I will be looking to increase mileage and performance. The 2.0 EcoBoost


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#1342 sick of the other forum

Posted by robertlane on 05 February 2014 - 05:46 PM

Hi all.  Spent some time on the other Escape forum and keep finding out one can't even say 'crap' or 'shoot' or 'dangit' without getting in trouble.

Seriously.

Is this forum a little more forgiving? 

 

We don't have any crazy rules like that.  Free of expression is welcomed here. :)

 

Crap. damn, bitch, jackass, shoot.

 

^ Like he said


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#133 Escape Ecoboost Owners?

Posted by staff on 27 May 2012 - 04:03 PM

Has anyone purchased a new Ford Escape with either the 1.6L or 2.0L Ecoboost engine?

Chime in if you did, please.
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