Ford Escape: 4WD system (if equipped) - Vehicle characteristics - Tires, Wheels and Loading - Ford Escape Owner's ManualFord Escape: 4WD system (if equipped)

Your vehicle may be equipped with a four-wheel drive (4WD) system.

With the 4WD option, power will be delivered to the front wheels and distributed to the rear wheels as needed. This increases traction which may enable you to safely drive over terrain and road conditions that a conventional two-wheel drive vehicle cannot. The 4WD system is active all the time and requires no input from the operator.

For 4WD vehicles, a spare tire of a different size other than the tire provided should never be used. A dissimilar spare tire size (other than the spare tire provided) or major dissimilar tire sized between the front and rear axles could cause the 4WD system to stop functioning and default to front-wheel drive.

vehicles. Although a 4WD vehicle may accelerate better than a WARNING: Do not become overconfident in the ability of 4WD vehicles. Although a 4WD vehicle may accelerate better than a two-wheel drive vehicle in low traction situations, it won’t stop any faster than two-wheel drive vehicles. Always drive at a safe speed.

    How your vehicle differs from other vehicles
    SUVs and trucks can differ from some other vehicles in a few noticeable ways. Your vehicle may be: • Higher – to allow higher load carrying capacity and to allow it to travel over rough te ...

    See also:

    Attaching child safety seats with tether s
    Many forward-facing child safety seats include a tether strap which extends from the back of the child safety seat and hooks to an anchoring point called the top tether anchor. Tether straps are ava ...

    Load anchoring eyelets
    The load anchoring eyelets on both sides of the vehicle are used to fasten straps, etc., to help anchor items in the cargo area. WARNING • Cover sharp edges on long loads to help prevent i ...

    Navigation System
    If the vehicle has a navigation system, there is a separate navigation system manual that includes information on the radio, audio players, and navigation system. The navigation system provides d ...